Academic Summary of Google Maps

I’m sure I found it just as easy to find information on Google Maps as the rest of you.  The article linked below is titled “A Beast in the Field:  The Google Maps Mashup as GIS/2.”  It’s written by Christopher C. Miller and was published in Cartographica:  The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization.

http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/j0l053012262n779/

This article is about geographic information systems (GIS) and what role Google Maps plays in this field.  It goes on to explain one of the weaknesses (and at the same time one of its strengths) being the fact that Google Maps’ application programming interface (API) is easily hackable.  One of the big examples of this is shown on page 8.  Scipionus.com used the Google Maps API to create a map of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  If you clicked on a location you wanted to know about, users living there were able to post short messages saying if they were alright or what happened to members of their families.  There are pictures of this on page 9 of the article.

So why is this article relevant?  It explains one specific aspect of Google Maps, its API, and shows why the fact that it’s easily hackable can be a good thing.  I think this might be a good candidate for the area of Google Maps that should be improved/changed.

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One Response to “Academic Summary of Google Maps”

  1. lynndombrowski Says:

    Very nice, but you needed to have at least two sources.


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