Hillary Clinton Uses Google Maps API

The US government isn't just opening its data, it's now creating mashups. The Department of State is tracking Secratary Hillary Clinton's world travel using the Google Maps API.

Clinton's current location and the path of the trip is marked with the department's seal, while previous stops are surrounded by a grey box. Click a marker and you'll get individual stops on a trip. Each stop contains a summary, remarks from the Secretary and photos of the stop from the department's Flickr account.

Department of State travel map

Anyone really think Hillary Clinton is sticking her fingers into APIs? It appears unlikely even that her staff created the maps. The feature is hosted in an iframe by a Virginia software development firm.

Hat tip: mibazaar

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.