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Maps Blog — Aug 2010

  • August
    02

    Bing Maps Adds OpenStreetMap

    OpenStreetMap (OSM) is the newest layer for Bing Maps and the newest Bing Map App in the gallery. The map app, dubbed simply, “ OpenStreetMap ” loads OSM maps as a new map style option. OpenStreetMap follows a similar concept as Wikipedia , but for maps and other geographic facts (despite its name, it's by no means only limited to streets and roads). A community of map lovers and developers gather location data across the globe from a variety of sources such as recordings from GPS devices, from free satellite imagery or simply from knowing an area very well, for example because they live there. This information then gets uploaded to OpenStreetMap's central database from where it can be further modified, corrected and enriched by anyone who notices missing facts or errors about the area. Users can still perform searches atop of the OSM map layer. Once the OSM Maps are rendered, users will find the OSM map option listed in the map types so if you switch to Bird’s Eye or some other native Bing map types, you can easily return to the OSM map style. Of note, we are using the Mapnik map style from OSM (one of the many map styles available to open source users) to create our OSM map type.... Read More OpenStreetMap (OSM) is the newest layer for Bing Maps and the newest Bing Map App in the gallery. The map app, dubbed simply, “ OpenStreetMap ” loads OSM maps as a new map style option. OpenStreetMap follows a similar concept as Wikipedia , but for maps and other geographic facts (despite its name, it's by no means only limited to streets and roads). A community of map lovers and developers gather location data across the globe from a variety of sources such as recordings from GPS devices, from free satellite imagery or simply from knowing an area very well, for example because they live there. This information then gets uploaded to OpenStreetMap's central database from where it can be further modified, corrected and enriched by anyone who notices missing facts or errors about the area. Users can still perform searches atop of the OSM map layer. Once the OSM Maps are rendered, users will find the OSM map option listed in the map types so if you switch to Bird’s Eye or some other native Bing map types, you can easily return to the OSM map style. Of note, we are using the Mapnik map style from OSM (one of the many map styles available to open source users) to create our OSM map type.... Read More
  • August
    02

    King of Bing Maps: Who Shall Be King?

    The King of Bing Maps competition is closed! We will soon know who is our King of Bing Maps. Below are the applications that were submitted as part of the King of Bing Maps competition and boy did we get some good ones. Check out the apps below – all built with cloud-based data services or KML, Bing Maps and Silverlight 4. I’ll go through deep dives of each application sometime next week; or, if you’re more of a hands on kind of person you can try the applications right now on Bing Maps . We are getting SO CLOSE to the coronation of our King! Taxi Fare Calculator : Taxi Fare Calculator helps users predict a taxi fare between two addresses.   World of Football: The World of Football has 2 main components: 1) it pulls in recent soccer scores from international leagues through an RSS feed (scorespro.com) and 2) zooms people into the soccer stadiums of teams they search for.   Random Location: Random Location simply generates a random set of coordinates (excluding any in an ocean) and takes the user to those coordinates.     Ricky’s Data Viewer: Ricky’s Data Viewer provides users with the ability to upload custom or pre-created map-shape files to view information on... Read More The King of Bing Maps competition is closed! We will soon know who is our King of Bing Maps. Below are the applications that were submitted as part of the King of Bing Maps competition and boy did we get some good ones. Check out the apps below – all built with cloud-based data services or KML, Bing Maps and Silverlight 4. I’ll go through deep dives of each application sometime next week; or, if you’re more of a hands on kind of person you can try the applications right now on Bing Maps . We are getting SO CLOSE to the coronation of our King! Taxi Fare Calculator : Taxi Fare Calculator helps users predict a taxi fare between two addresses.   World of Football: The World of Football has 2 main components: 1) it pulls in recent soccer scores from international leagues through an RSS feed (scorespro.com) and 2) zooms people into the soccer stadiums of teams they search for.   Random Location: Random Location simply generates a random set of coordinates (excluding any in an ocean) and takes the user to those coordinates.     Ricky’s Data Viewer: Ricky’s Data Viewer provides users with the ability to upload custom or pre-created map-shape files to view information on... Read More