Examples of Online Map “Mashups”

Here are two examples of how newspapers are using online maps to share editorial and advertising content with readers:

Classifieds: Yard Sales

Editorial/News: Local crime

Newspapers should consider how to adapt online maps for other uses. Some potential ideas and examples from http://www.lifehack.org:

Cheap Gas: Find low gas prices. 

Traffic/Weather Map: Shows traffic and weather conditions.

Weather Bonk: Real-time weather information on a Google map.

Cell Reception: Search for the best towers and signals.

Housing maps: Visualize where to buy houses and rent rooms.

gWifi: Find free wireless Internet.

toEat.com: Find local restaurants.

Resources:

MapBuilder: How to build a simple map. 

Google Maps How-To: A basic how-to guide. See also Gmaps EZ.

Tutorial: How to integrate Gmaps into a Web site.

Google Maps Mania: Tracks Web sites and new uses for Google Maps. 

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