Tag Archives: Mapping

Socrata Releases New Cloud-based Mapping Solution Mondara

The open data platform Socrata just released a new cloud mapping software called Mondara, designed for users with no GIS expertise, allowing them to build online maps from existing data Shapefile or KML files.

While Shapefiles or KML files are probably still pretty technical for most users, with Mondara any users can upload existing spreadsheets containing address information, and turn them into online maps.

Mondara provides an online interface for creating maps with existing data, as well as enabling users to add, managing and combine layers within the a map, providing a lot of detail about your location data.

Once you create a map you can easily export the map in multiple formats including KML, KMZ and Shapefile, as well as share anywhere with Youtube like embedding.

It’s an interesting new cloud mapping service priced at $499/month allowing you to create up to 100 online maps.

I’m curious to see how the mapping service works with the open data Socrata has helped cities like NYCChicagoBaltimoreSeattleSan Francisco, Austin and New Orleans publish online.

At first glance, Mondara looks like a slick tool for all of us non-mapping professionals help make sense of, and communicate the message available in this flood of big data we see coming out of our municipal governments.

CityGrid Local, Mobile Stack: GeoIQ

I’m adding another tool to the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack. This time its is the robust mapping platform GeoIQ.

GeoIQ provides a platform for uploading and download data, searching for data within maps and building, embedding, and theming maps or charts in your web sites and applications.

GeoIQ is the engine that powers the attractive looking and powerful GeoCommons mapping community.

The GeoIQ API provides both a REST API and a JavaScript API, enabling developers to:

  • Upload data and register web feeds
  • Manage, update, and delete datasets
  • Download datasets
  • Search for data and maps
  • Create maps and style layers
  • Embed maps and charts into websites
  • Create, update and delete users
  • Create groups and add or remove users
  • Set access permissions for viewing, downloading, or editing resources

The combination of a JavaScript API and REST API gives developers a lot of control over the mapping features in their web and mobile apps. You can quickly embed and display using JavaScript while also programmatically control every aspect of your mapping resource with the REST API which provides data in Atom, CSV, SON, KML and XLM formats.

GeoIQ is definitely an essential addition to the local, mobile stack–I see it providing a utility you can use to deliver custom and robust mapping solutions for your mobile and web applications.

CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack: Verizon Mapkit API

I’m spending more time building, what I’ve dubbed the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack, a list of APIs, platforms and tools that you can use in your local-mobile applications.  With the latest move by Foursquare to join the OpenStreetMaps movement, I’m focused on finding the best mapping tools for the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack.

First on my list of alternative mapping solutions is Verizon Mapkit API, which provides location-based services that include maps, search, traffic and static directions.  The Verizon Mapkit API is centered on a map object that provides a tile-based solution supporting multiple layers such road map/satellite/hybrid, traffic, and routes–with built-in controls for standard map operations such as panning and zooming using the host device’s native gestures.

The MapKit also provides a full set of search APIs delivering geocoding, geolocation and access to local content:

  • Address Search (Geocoding)
  • Reverse Geocoding
  • Local Search
  • Fuel Price Search
  • Movie Theaters
  • Movie Show-Times
  • Events
  • Event Venues
  • Traffic Incidents
  • Static Directions

The Verizon Mapkit API does not have a web API currently, but does support native application development on Android, iOS, Blackberry and Brew MP platforms. At first glance you may think the mapping solution is just for Verizon devices, but it can be used across multiple platforms.

The Verizon Mapkit API is a perfect addition to the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack. They offer a robust mapping platform that native mobile apps can take advantage of. The Mapkit API is part of the Verizon NavBuilder Inside LBS SDK, which comes with other APIs and tools I will be adding to the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack in future blog posts.