Hillary Clinton Uses Google Maps API

Adam DuVander
Jul. 23 2009, 12:01AM EDT

The US government isn't just opening its data, it's now creating mashups. The Department of State is tracking Secratary Hillary Clinton's world travel using the Google Maps API.

Clinton's current location and the path of the trip is marked with the department's seal, while previous stops are surrounded by a grey box. Click a marker and you'll get individual stops on a trip. Each stop contains a summary, remarks from the Secretary and photos of the stop from the department's Flickr account.

Department of State travel map

Anyone really think Hillary Clinton is sticking her fingers into APIs? It appears unlikely even that her staff created the maps. The feature is hosted in an iframe by a Virginia software development firm.

Hat tip: mibazaar

Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact editor@programmableweb.com Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.