Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Official Louisville Home Foreclosures

A Louisville, KY home foreclosure map has been added to Metro Mapper. The data comes from an official agreement with the Jefferson County PVA through GovMapper, and is added to the site using Your Mapper's API and map embedding services.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Louisville Metro Crime Updated - 2003 Through Now

Metro Mapper now shows all reported crime in Louisville, KY from January of 2003 through June 1, 2009! That's hundreds of thousands of crimes! Our monthly updates will keep your informed of crime around you.

As part of our upgrade to the Your Mapper platform, there are a number of new features available to you:

Link to More Details - Each map popup contains an Information icon that links to a full page of details about the crime, including the full case report (when available) and an interactive street view. You can also leave comments, and send the link of the specific crime to others.

Mobile Access - The mobile icon at the bottom of the map allows you to get a link to your search for your mobile device. Just email that to your iPhone, Blackberry, or Android phone (or any phone with a web browser) and see that search and create new searches wherever you are!

Data Feeds for Your Searches - When you do a search on the map and choose the center location, the types of crime, a date range and/or keyword, you can use the icons at the bottom of the map to grab RSS (for feed readers) or KML (for your own maps) versions of that search. That way you can see new crimes when they appear without having to visit our site directly.

And as before, you can embed the map into your own site. If you are a web developer, can even program your own map or service based on crimes using the Your Mapper API.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Powered by Your Mapper

The Metro Mapper site is now powered by the Your Mapper platform! You can tell an immediate difference when you visit each of the maps on the site, since they have a new look, more data, and more features.
New Features

All the maps now have a consistent visual interface.

More Information
All data has been updated and will remain updated, and most maps contain more data and details than before.

Location Details
Every single marker location on a map has its own web page, with details, ratings, comments, street view and more. You can visit the page by clicking the Information icon in the mapped location's popup. Share this detail page with your friends.

Search Links
When you perform a search, you can click the map link icon at the bottom of the map to get a link directly to that search in real-time. No need to bookmark to your account!

Data Feeds
You can also grab RSS and KML data feeds of your search for use on your own feed reader home pages or interactive maps. When the search has new results, you see it right away!

Mobile Links
Take your search with you! Click the mobile link to get an on-the-go optimized version of your search to access from anywhere. The mobile Your Mapper site works on any mobile phone browser, from iPhone to Blackberry to Google Android. Tweak your search on your phone, or start a new one!

The new site and searches are much faster than before.

Changes to Metro Mapper Services

All of your bookmarks and links will still behave as you expect. And your Metro Mapper accounts will work for the Your Mapper login as well, so you don't need to create a new account.

However, if you use the Metro Mapper embedded map services, you will have to make a change. Your maps will continue to work for now, but will stop working soon (a month or so, but we'll see how people take to the transfer). The data and features of your current Metro Mapper maps will become out of date. Instead, what you will need to do is head over to Your Mapper, login, select the map you'd like to embed, and get the new code for your site. We'll be providing detailed instructions on the site and contacting each of you individually to assist in the switch.

We hope you enjoy the upgrade to the site, and the new features Your Mapper provides!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Your Mapper - Coming in June

June 2009

Things to expect:
  • New National Site
  • Data feeds for Everything
  • Comments and Ratings
  • Developer API
  • Retrofitted Metro Mapper
  • Mobile Version
  • More Datasets and Maps

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Google Earth: Historical Imagery and 3D Ocean Floor

Google released the newest version of its Google Earth product, and has included some terrific new features.

One is the ability to see all of their historic satellite imagery for an area.  Most parts of the US seem to go back to 1993, but some go back to the 1940s.  You can cycle through each set of images and play them in a loop.  A side benefit of this is that you can now see the month and year that the satelitte pictures were taken.

Louisville had about 10 sets going back to 1993.  Here is an animation I made of part of our Ohio River waterfront development over time:

And here is a more detailed version of the entire set (click for high resolution):

Another feature is the ability to dive under the ocean and see all of the earth's ocean floors in 3D, thus increasing Earth's coverage by 233%.

You can also now record everything you are doing, including image history, zooming, panning, toggleing features, audio description, etc, and then share this with anyone else throught Google Earth.  The recipient can play back what you have demonstrated, including your voice over.

Google LatLong: New in Google Earth 5.0: Historical Imagery