A guest post by Jakub Kaniewski of the ShareMap.org team…….
ShareMap is a new online mapping tool. It’s aim is to provide a free application that will allow anyone to create a map and then export it in various formats using the Creative Commons licence.
ShareMap can be used to create educational materials (historical maps), thematic maps (e.g. a map of a streetcar system in New Orleans) that can be used on Wikipedia or in printed materials.
One possible use of ShareMap is for education. A teacher can prepare a map before a lecture, present it in class and send pupils a direct link via email to allow them to study map at home. Pupils can themselves also create maps to share with the world.
One of key feature of ShareMap is the ability to import spatial data from various sources – OpenStreetMap, Natural Earth and user GPX files (GPX is a GPS data exchange format). Every type of imported data can be simplified during import to fit the requirements of the designed map.
In future authors plan to introduce map animation – this feature will be especially useful for education – for example a teacher will be able to create an animated map of the history of the American Civil War.
ShareMap might be an interesting choice for anyone interested in creating maps for reports etc. but who has no experience in professional cartographic packages or GIS.
ShareMap is also available as a application for mobile devices (currently in alpha stage, available for Android devices)
For more info on ShareMap see the following links: