April 22, 2010
Have you ever noticed how little sense the placement of zip codes make? Sequential zones are an entire city apart. Sometimes there are even zip codes wholly contained within other zip codes. It takes a visual zip code map to make sense of it. Huge.info has just such a map using an interactive Google Map and custom overlay images.
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.
You may remember our earlier post on Yahoo Placemaker, a new 'geo-enrichment' platform that includes an API (our Placemaker API Profile) that can be used to make applications and data sets location-aware by determining the 'whereness' of unstructured content. Now, Yahoo developer evangelist Christian Heilmann has released GeoMaker, a new app that makes it dead simple to use the Placemaker API with any web site.