While many are excited about live traffic data on firm ground, others have turned their attention to the other 3/4 of the earth. According to The Map Room, many ships are required to carry transponders to broadcast their location. The result is a lot of public marine data and the perfect situation for a classic map mashup.
When looking for a place to live, the surrounding area matters. Knowing if the property has easy walking access to shops, places of interest or public transport can definitely sway a buyer's purchasing decisions. Walk Score is a service that measures walkability within specific locations and also provides neighbourhood maps to the real estate industry. Walk Score's Travel Time API makes this functionality available to be easily integrated with other applications.
MapQuest is known for driving directions. Now it hopes to bring those to mobile navigation systems everywhere. Today the company has launched the MapQuest Open Guidance API built on top of OpenStreetMap. Developers will now be able to include turn-by-turn directions in mobile apps without any usage limits being imposed by MapQuest.