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What Swivel and Many Eyes is for social data visualization (minus the commenting), GeoCommons [geocommons.com] could be for geographical mapping: allowing "non-technical professionals" to view and analyze geo-located data, without the traditional GIS overhead.

Relaunched a little while ago, the "Finder!" part of the service is designed to discover interesting publicly sourced datasets through browsing tags and categories, as well as upload, organize and share personally owned data. The "Maker!" part enables the creation of the according online maps, styled with shaded thematics, proportional symbols, graduated icons, points, lines and polygons without any required experience from the user. The so-called "Map Brewer" interface allows users to further classify and slice the data (e.g. quantile, equal interval, standard deviation, maximum breaks), and choose a base map layer (e.g. from Google Maps, Microsoft Virtual Earth, Yahoo Maps or Open Street Map).

I might be missing something obvious, but while I would love to browse through the maps already being made, I could not find any easy way to do so (except of hacking URLs). Also, is there any way to embed the maps in blogs?


You can browse existing maps from the Maker home page (http://maker.geocommons.com/), either by searching or clicking one of the category tags. As for embedding in blogs: not yet, but hopefully still in the plans!

Tue 18 Nov 2008 at 1:47 AM

Embedding is still in the plans and is available on our commercial service. Georeferenced comments are also in the works, so it will definitely be more social in the future. Thanks for checking it out - much appreciated.


Tue 18 Nov 2008 at 7:26 AM

@Andy: I guess what I was looking for was at least some sort of visual preview. For instance, I tried to hunt the heatmap visualization method that GeoCommons seemed to have in a previous version, without any success.

Tue 18 Nov 2008 at 8:06 AM

Good mapping..This gives an idea to gain the knowledge of tracking maps.Digital mapping services also plays an important role in this field.I would like to know more on this topic.
Map digitization

Wed 26 Nov 2008 at 5:51 PM
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