Thursday, January 17, 2013

Geospatial data Mashups with Google

Analyzing space-time variation is common in Geography. Appropriate geo-spatial visualization enables us to understand data in a precise manner. There have been numerous researches, tools, and methods in pursuit of a better visualization method for geospatial data. Here we present the sets of examples developed by us to show the benefits of the web cartography using Google Earth/Google Maps mashups to display geospatial data. Moreover, we include the practical implication of applications that are useful for visualizing geospatial world.

Maps are the visual representation of the real world. With advancement in sensing, computing the ways of cartographic communication has been changed day by day. Well-designed cartographic systems are not only a good medium to disseminate spatial information but also especially important tools for understating a geographic phenomenon.

Recently, web-cartography has gained remarkable popularity due to its ability to enable users to gain access to geospatial datasets. The map mashup is one of the Application Programming Interface (API) based efficient techniques that integrates the various web resources and information within a website for online mapping. Since 2005, Google has developed and released an API toolkit for their mapping services. Then, tons of Google-based web maps can be easily accessed via standard web-browsers that support Google technology.

This poster will focus on the use of Google Earth/Google maps in web cartography to mashup data from various data sources, and in different forms.

Geospatial , Google , Google API , Google Maps


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