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.
With the power and scope of GIS growing as new tools become available, Jason Baker’s article on opensource.com celebrated the arrival of GIS Day on November 19 by discussing three viable alternatives to Google Maps API for creating interactive web maps for a range of use cases.
The Google Static Maps API (our Google Static Maps API Profile) is quite popular with developers looking for a relatively lightweight method of including Google Maps as rapidly-loading images on web sites. If you're not familiar with this API, it essentially allows you to add a custom Google Map (including markers and paths) as the source for an image element on a web page.