Some examples of Google Maps API v3…and Fusion Tables!

I used to dabble in Google Maps API (application programming interface) quite a bit (but I haven’t used it in anger for about 3-4 years). Recently, I was having a look at the Google Maps API v3 and there are a few things I didn’t realise you could do with it. I’ve put together some examples of a customised map background, the cycling layer and adding a KML feed. Pretty useful and very easy to code in JavaScript. I’ve also given you links to the Google Maps API v3 documenation. Follow the links below to the examples I created:
1 – styled map
2 – cycling layer
3 – KML layer

….I’ll add more as time goes on. Let me know what you think.

And here is my first ‘proper’ experiment with a Google Fusion Table. This map showing showing population density for most countries across Europe (sources Wikipedia and another Fusion Table of Country Boundaries). The Guardian newspaper in the UK love Google Fusion Tables! Check out their data blog for more Google Fusion Tables.

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London Riot Maps

Updated 09 Aug 2011 – 5pm – Guardian Google Map of Every verified incident

Updated 09 Aug 2011 9am – Google Map of UK Riots (picture below). Riots have now spread to other UK cities (Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and Nottingham). Ridiculous!

Chaos in London at the moment as trouble hits the streets of Tottenham, Brixton and Hackney. What started as a peaceful demostration last Saturday has turned into petty vandalism and mindless looting – especially right now in Hackney. Here are some maps I’ve seen which show the ongoing situation.

Brixton incident map – (shown in image above)
Tottenham: timeline and map of violence –
And this Tottenham Riot Google Map

And an intersting article from The Guardian on whether the riots were fuelled by Twitter/Facebook/BBM. Conclusion is that BBM is most-culpable (it has free 1-to-many messages)

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