Learn about Mapstraction—the API that abstracts mapping services—and how it can be used by your business or day-to-day geohacking. Are you worried that Google might put adverts on their maps? Noticed that Microsoft Virtual Earth has better aerial imagery? Don’t get locked in!
Mapstraction floats on top of niine APIs: Microsoft VE, Google, Yahoo!, MultiMap, Poly9 FreeEarth, Map24, MapQuest, and OpenStreetMap. Each one has different features and qualities of aerial and mapping data, and your use may depend on area of interest (who has the best aerial imagery in Bangalore?) or features (can I plot GeoRSS?).
Steve Coast is founder of OpenStreetMap and Cloud Made and has worked for many years on diverse heavy-lifting computing applications around open systems. Steve interned at Wolfram Research before studying computer science and then physics at UCL. He left early to pursue research and development work at universities and leading web companies prior to founding ZXV – a geo web consultancy in 2006.
Mikel Maron is foundar of Mapufacture, and web developer for hire, specializing in Open Geospatial and Wiki tech. He’s been active in the standardization of GeoRSS and in the OpenStreetMap collaborative mapping project, and several open source projects. He’s developed two of the first Wikis in use at the UN. Previously, Mikel worked as senior developer of My Yahoo! and researched evolutionary models of ecosystems for an MSc at the University of Sussex.
Author of “Introduction to Neogeography”