Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Google Geo Elevation: Ain't No Mountain High Enough...

Google releases the ability to get elevation for any land or earth point on the planet, and create an elevation chart for any route as well.

We are therefore happy to introduce a new service to the Maps API family that enables applications to determine elevation profiles. Using either the new ElevationService Maps API v3 class or the Elevation Web Service you can request the elevation in meters for one or more sets of coordinates, or you can request a specific number of elevation samples equally spaced along a path. If any sampling points are over bodies of water, the service will return the depth relative to sea level as a negative number.

They also have a nifty interactive map where you can add points along a route and see an interactive graph of the elevation changes. I tried it out on my treks across the Grand Canyon and Uluru in Australia. Very slick, and really useful for those getting biking or running directions.

Google Geo Developers Blog: Ain't No Mountain High Enough...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Metro Mapper: The Only Organization in Kentucky to be a Google Maps Qualified Developer

The founder of Louisville Metro Mapper, Michael Schnuerle, is the only individual in the state of Kentucky, and the region, to be a Certified Google Maps Developer. Our national platform, Your Mapper, which makes Metro Mapper work, has qualified!

Google gave official digital certificates to qualified developers who passed their rigorous mapping certification process. Metro Mapper is one of only 8 map developers in the United States to become qualified.

The Google Qualified Developer program was designed to recognize Google API and developer tools experts, and to provide those in need of development support with a directory of trusted references.

And we are only one of 2 in the United States to also be listed in the Google Apps Marketplace for GeoSpacial mapping solutions. The other is in Google's home state of California, and we are one of only 7 others around the world to achieve these combined qualifications.

Our solution turns raw government or private data into interactive maps, an embedded map for your site, and a mobile application. In addition, we allow your users to grab RSS, KML, and CSV data feeds, drive traffic to your site through our SEO framework, and give you access to your data for custom applications through our programming API.

If you are a user of our free Metro Mapper services, could you take a few seconds to leave a Customer Review for us at the bottom of our Your Mapper App Marketplace listing? We'd really appreciate it, and it will lead to us being able to get more data on our site for you!