April 22, 2010
The Google Maps API naturally has a rich history on ProgrammableWeb. Over the last year or so, Google has released additional maps-related APIs as separate services. One of the latest ones is the Google Distance Matrix API. This allows a developer to submit a matrix of locations, as origins and destinations, and get a list of the distances in return.
Boasting 400,000 restaurant menus spanning over 13,000 cities, the SinglePlatform API is filled with valuable content. And it's giving it away to developers for free. The company has big publishing partners signed on, including the New York Times and Foursquare. And restaurant menus are only its first act.
Everywhere you look, there's a map mashup for just about any recognized monument. Yet, those looking to find the location of graves in the U.S. Arlington National Cemetery won't find such a mashup. There are some things that come close, but nothing that utilizes a mapping API. What's more, it seems the cemetery itself is stuck in the past when it comes to organizing its own information.