The other big API news to start the week comes from MapQuest with their announcement of the MapQuest OpenAPI. They're an established player in online mapping but a latecomer to the open API party. It looks like they're going try and play off their strengths which include high-quality maps and good routing. Here's the first new MapQuest mashup: mapzierge.
- Routing - Integrate MapQuest's ultra-accurate driving directions to show your users exactly how to get there.
- Mapping - Plot multiple locations on a single map. Choose one of our map styles to create a truly integrated look-and-feel with your website.
- Active Point Markers - Add up to 100 active point markers to a single map. You can also add events, like a pop-up box with key information displayed when users click on or roll over the marker.
The limits? Free of charge for non-commercial use within the stated transaction levels of 50,000 combined maps and geocodes and 5,000 routes per day.
And lastly, to go along with the launch of these APIs, they've announced a Developers Challenge:
The winning entry will push the mashup genre beyond merely plotting locations on a map, demonstrate some real usefulness to a broader, non commercial community and leverage the full set of tools available in OpenAPI with an emphasis on routing.
Contest ends March 31st. This has now been added to the ProgrammableWeb /contests page.