Welcome to MapTube from CASA: A Place to Put Maps

MapTube is a new site from our lab, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. Put simply it is a place to share, mix and mash maps with a nod towards professional map makers rather than the more widely seen ‘MyMaps’ type applications.


The main principle of MapTube is that shared maps can be overlayed to compare data visually. For example, to see a map of the London Underground overlayed on top of a map of population you simply go to the search page and enter the keywords “tube” and “population”. Then click on the two relevant maps to add them.

In this way any combination of data can be quickly and easily visually compared. The maps are created using our free of charge software – GMap Creator, a new version launches this week allowing any ESRI .SHP file or Formatted .CSV to be converted and used on MapTube.

For the last few weeks a back end section of the site has been used by BBC Radio Four’s PM Show to create a mood map of the credit crunch in the UK. Radio 4 listeners have been inputting their postcode and answering a simple question on the credit crunch to automatically create a map of the nations mode. This indicates a future direction of the site with both freely available software and server based map applications, all subsequently viewable against any other local, national or global dataset on the site.

It is early days but we see MapTube as an exciting way forward in sharing and viewing maps online…..

Try it out yourself at http://www.maptube.org

Author Bio

Andy is Director of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London

6 Comments

  1. Andrew - May 13, 2008

    Great site, though inflation seems to be hitting the rodent industry particularly hard…(mouse prices!)

  2. Martin - May 14, 2008

    interesting idea, good design, easy handling. like it.

    but how about adding the google-maps-terrain-option? as for some maps, both satellite and street-map are not really suitable for a smooth reading.

  3. Andy - May 14, 2008

    We will add in the terrain option – thanks for the comment :)

    Mouse Prices – is a UK House Price site created by a commercial company using our free software. Thus the term ‘Mouse Price’ (do you see what they did there)…

    We might change it to House Prices as i guess its quite confusing.

  4. asolitarywave - May 14, 2008

    I’ll second Martin’s comments. also, it would be nice if you could adjust the opacity of the google layer. And why does the mouse wheel zoom not work? or is that just me…
    great potential though – would be nice to add a whole load of other maps to it – riviers of london, historical maps, political maps etc…

    nice to have you back!

  5. Steviem - May 18, 2008

    Fantastic site!!, any idea when the new version of Google Map Creator Toolkit will be released? – I’d love to upload my own maps (mostly public health/hospital admissions data)

    Cheers

    Steve

  6. Andy - May 19, 2008

    It should be online later today – I’ll put a blog post up soon as the software is live :)

    Looking forward to seeing the health data btw.

    The maps now zoom with the mouse wheel, terrain is added and opacity can be changed via the sliders under each map in the side bar…

    Andy

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