GoBayView in various mapping flavors
The GoBayView neighborhood site from Milwaukee is in my mind archetypal of what community mapping, publishing, and communicating can look like. They have a great geolocated database of local resources, businesses, etc. For a while they published that as an RSS feed and mapped it with worldKit (a pretty oldish version). With the releases of Google and Yahoo Maps API, they’ve easily published new versions by slightly tweaking their XML output. And that’s totally understandable, cause no matter how easy or feature rich worldKit is, it’s about data and about that street data. Having these three versions side by side for comparison is interesting. Despite the slickness and styling, having to click on annotations in Google Maps is annoying me, and I just don’t like those inverted tear drops. For sure, it’s possible to publish in lime green in any mapping platform.
The lesson: mapping is pretty much solved. There are still plenty of pieces and places to fill in the tool set, but the territory is pretty well settled. The new frontier is in enabling creation of complex data .. how can every neighborhood have a Go Bay View. Oh, sorry for the Manifest Destiny phrasing, I should know better from my current vantage point in Eastern Europe.