5 Years Ago Today the Web Mashup Was Born

Adam DuVander, April 8th, 2010

Google MapsFive years ago Paul Rademacher reverse engineered Google Maps to put Craigslist homes and rentals on a map on his site. The site essentially pre-launched the map mashup category, because there was no Google Maps API at the time. Now it is the prototypical example and still used by many to find their new homes. And, of course, Google Maps is now by far the most popular API to use.

How News Sites Are Using Maps

Adam DuVander, November 30th, 2009

screen-shot-2009-11-29-at-104456-pm1Your local newspaper probably uses maps on its site. If it doesn’t, it will soon. As newspapers look online for readership (and thus, revenue), they look for new ways to show information related to the places they cover.

Map Mashup Gets Rockefeller Grant, Goes Open Source

Adam DuVander, October 19th, 2009

walkscoreForget venture capital. The new hip funding source is to get a grant. That’s what the company behind Walk Score did and as a result the mashup will go open source.

3 Finalists Rise to the Top in Apps For America Contest

Adam DuVander, August 26th, 2009

Sunlight LabsThe Sunlight Foundation is wrapping up its second Apps for America contest, and it wants your help picking a winner. Amongst the three finalists are a government notice archive, data masher and what Sunlight’s director calls “EveryBlock for federal data,” referring to the site recently acquired by MSNBC.com.

Crime Mapping Snafu Caused by Erroneous Geocoding

Adam DuVander, April 7th, 2009

LAPD crime logoThat aggravated assault isn’t where you think it is. Due to an error with its geocoder, the Los Angeles Police Department mapped as many as 4 percent of its crimes at a single point, even if the real location was miles away.

Hacking Chicago’s Unofficial Transit API

Kevin Farnham, January 27th, 2009

Chicago Transit AuthorityRecently, in our post on the Unofficial Chicago Transit Authority API we reported on this unofficial transit API for the CTA. The API enables developers to build applications that present CTA bus routes, schedules, and arrival predictions. This API is “unofficial” because it is not officially documented by the Chicago Transit Authority, but comes to us by virtue of developer Harper Reed.

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