Next up in the Google Maps experimenting game is RealCharlottetown.com, an annotated map of the City of Charlottetown.
The idea is this: take a Google Map, and wrap around it a simple “tag this place” interface that lets anyone associate a geographic location with a name, some tags, a URL and a description. Think of it as “Plazes for ditches.”
This is still a very, very beta-quality application, but it does work, and you’re free to tag all the places you like.
Some important things to note:
- As described here, the Tele Atlas map layer for the Charlottetown area is somewhat out of date; you’ll notice this particularly when you’re browsing in the “hybrid” view — sometimes the roads don’t line up with the satellite imagery.
- Still to come are things like an RSS feed of newly tagged places, XML export of all places, browsing the map by tag, etc. Stay tuned.
- No way to edit or enhance already-tagged places yet.
- The user interface, especially the visual indication of where you’re tagging a new place, needs some work.
- It seems to work in Internet Explorer for Windows, but I haven’t tested extensively.