Developers have seen the value of mapping APIs. Look no further than our list of map mashups for proof that there's a lot of value in maps to visualize location data. But how useful are web maps to a humanitarian organization? When you're working in more than 30 countries, as MercyCorps is, perhaps the answer is obvious.
A new service for city planners and others requiring detailed demographic and regional data has a great way of accepting geographic input. Cubit uses the Google Maps API to determine the area in which its user is interested. Then, it queries its own data sources based on the path or shape the user selects.
Gowalla said a writeable API was coming soon. Today, the check-in API is available to developers. Though it took longer than anyone expected, the announcement and the API have some nice aspects to help developers use the new features.