Thursday's New York Times covered the maps-mashing phenomenon in an article entitled "A Journey to a Thousand Maps Begins With an Open Code". The core of the story is not new to readers here but it does cover a number of interesting examples (most or all of which can be found at the excellent Google Maps Mania):
- HomePriceRecords: Combines home sales data with Google maps.
- fboweb.com: Which lets you search for flights and see the current location plotted on a Google Map.
- CellReception.com: Leverages a database of 117,000 cell phone tower locations and Google Maps to help you see where coverage is and isn't.
- Toronto Homicides: Another crime-locator map.
- Kosher Food Locator: Keep to your kosher diet with this handy Google Maps mashup.
- Dublin Web Cams: Plotted on a Google Map.
- San Francisco Bart Schedule: Lets you click on a station and get the next few departures.
- WineryBound: Find wineries by location and varietal. As they say "So many wineries..so little time".
- Los Taco Trucks Unitos: For when you need to find a taco truck in Seattle.
- onNYTurf Subway Map: Shows the NYC subway system on a Google Map.
- Road Sign Math: Combines Google Maps, cameras and GPS into the "newest road game to sweep the country".
- USA Hot Springs: Shows you where 1661 hot springs are in the US through NOAA data + Google Maps.
Perhaps the most notable part of the story is towards the end when discussing how Trulia, a for-profit business and not just a hobbyist site, is beginning to run into one of the core mashup issues: data ownership, royalties, and how to share revenue. As their business grows, Google has expressed an interest in sharing. And not that Realtors would try to control their data either...