Vancouver Olympics Mapped by Google and Microsoft

Adam DuVander
Feb. 09 2010, 02:57AM EST

The Winter Olympics start this weekend and there's no shortage of ways to enjoy them. That includes via map mashups showing facilities, parking and the path of the torch relay. All thanks to the Google Maps API and Microsoft's Bing Maps API.

Bing MapsMicrosoft's Vancouver office even put together a contest for its developers to create useful visitor applications. Among the half dozen entries are the parking finder shown below and MoBuddy, a mobile social networking app that was awarded the gold medal.

Olympics parking

The official site of the olympic games gets in on the fun, too. It uses a Google flash map to track the olympic torch.

Olympics torch

The Google Lat Long blog planned ahead. It talked to Vancouver experts, including the premier of British Columbia. In December it shared the favorite places of notable Vancouverites in a series of My Maps.

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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