Mapping Granddaddy Goes OpenStreetMap, No API Key Needed

Adam DuVander, January 13th, 2011

MapQuest OpenYou’d hardly notice the difference unless you were looking for it. MapQuest’s latest API is a reinvention of its MapQuest API to display maps. So, what’s new? Following the company’s recent pattern, MapQuest Open API is based on OpenStreetMaps, the crowd-sourced map favored by many modern geo-hackers.

CloudMade Acquires Mobile Mapping Company, Goes Cross-Platform

Adam DuVander, January 7th, 2011

CloudMadeWeb and iPhone maps provider CloudMade can add a few more platforms to that list. Today it acquired German geospatial company One Step Ahead to incorporate Android, MeeGo and other mobile platforms to its suite of developer tools. CloudMade will also incorporate One Step Ahead’s offline/online map technology, which passes a few map updates at a time.

24 APIs Used in 7 Days: Twitter, YouTube, New York Times and Google Maps

Adam DuVander, November 20th, 2010

This past week 19 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 24 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include BatchBook, BBC Music, Drawloop, Google Latitude, GreatSchools, New York Times TimesPeople, Tweet Scan, Walk Score and Wordnik. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Tropo and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (6 APIs, 13 mashups), Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Social (2 APIs, 5 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:

Mashup Case Study: Ripped Records

Adam DuVander, September 30th, 2010

Last.fmIn this installment of our mashup case study series we speak to Matt Riggott, a developer in Reykjavik, Iceland. He created his music event mashup, Ripped Records, when he lived in Scotland to help him and others discover upcoming concerts. Riggott tells us he believes that showing off this side project to his now-boss “clinched” the job offer and the move to Iceland.

Maps Without Maps Shows Off Google’s Styles

Adam DuVander, September 3rd, 2010

Google MapsAsk someone what makes a map and you’re likely to hear that it’s the roads or the physical characteristics. A new mashup is questioning whether you can still have a map without these details, while at the same time showing off the map styles feature that Google Maps announced in May.

New MapQuest Directions API Built on Open Data

Adam DuVander, August 24th, 2010

MapQuestOnline driving directions pioneer MapQuest had the first free directions web service a year ago. Now it followed up with the same engine based on the wiki-like Open Street Map data. The new, open service follows an open version of the MapQuest tiles.

Hey, Big Spender: The Million Dollar API

Adam DuVander, May 25th, 2010

Google MapsU.S. government agencies may be tossing down nearly a million dollars each to include the premier version of Google Maps on their sites. The payments aren’t going directly to Google, but an Ohio service provider Onix Networking. Onix lists several options on, a marketplace for technology services and applications.

Make Your Google Map Stand Out With Styles

Adam DuVander, May 20th, 2010

Google MapsLook out, CloudMade. Google announced a new feature in its Maps API that lets developers control the underlying map imagery. Map Styling gives you control of colors and whether types of features are included in the map. Previously this level of map styling was only available by paying for underlying map data, or using the Open Street Map project that CloudMade is based upon.

OpenStreetMap Gets Unprecedented Level of Detail via Collaborative Editing

Matthew Casperson, May 7th, 2010

OpenStreetMapThe limitation so far has been that users and developers usually have to wait for the big players like Google, Yahoo and Bing to add the relevant information to their maps.

CloudMade has conveniently side stepped this issue by allowing its maps to be collaboratively edited, making it a kind of “Wikipedia for maps”. The results have been quite impressive, as TechCrunch reports.

37 APIs Used in 7 Days: Amazon, Digg, eBay, Foursquare, Google, Twitter, YouTube and Zillow

John Musser, April 16th, 2010

This past week 15 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 37 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include CorpWatch, ImageShack, LongURL, Scribd, Scribd iPaper, Tweetmeme and TweetPhoto. The most often used APIs this week are Flickr, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Office (6 APIs, 6 mashups), Social (3 APIs, 7 mashups) and Video (3 APIs, 3 mashups).

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