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A Map is a visual guide for navigating large or complex sets of data. Maps are extremely commonly used for charting and presenting geographical distance, land representations postional orientations, and directions.



Graphical Information Systems (GIS) are topological map applications or services that display terrain types, altitudes and precise latitudinal and longitudinal coordinate mapping.


Walking/Pedestrian navigation, Biking routes, Public Transportation connections, etc.

  • See also: GPS Navigation


Driving route Planning, point-to-point and Multi-stop trips, etc.

Traffic Monitoring

Updating maps & directions with delays based on real-time, delayed, and/or average traffic density and speed of flow, as well as any accidents, road closures, bridges out/blocked, construction, festivals/parades or other possible obstructions.



Open Source


OpenLayers makes it easy to put a dynamic map in any web page. It can display map tiles and markers loaded from any source. MetaCarta developed the initial version of OpenLayers and gave it to the public to further the use of geographic information of all kinds. OpenLayers is completely free, Open Source JavaScript, released under a BSD-style License.

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OpenLayers Extensions


The world's leading open source STREET MAP data and visualization provider. Put together with a customized version of OpenLayers!



The Open Source Geospatial Foundation...

Created to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. Our goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects.


MapTube is a free resource for viewing, sharing, mixing and mashing maps online. Created by UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, users can select any number of maps to overlay and view.

MapTube's main product is the GMapCreator, a freeware application designed to make thematic mapping using Google Maps simpler. The application takes a shapefile containing geographic areas linked with attributes and automatically generates a working Google Maps website from the data.



Google Maps

Bing Maps






External Links


  1. NB Geographic Data & Maps:
  2. Halifax students map crime online:
  3. Violent Halifax Map 2007:
  4. HRM Police:
  5. SpotCrime - Toronto:
  6. How to create a simple map (with a marker) using OpenLayers?:
  7. How do I set the coordinates of a new point using Openlayers?:
  8. OpenLayers 6.x -- Examples - overlays:
  9. OpenLayers 6.x -- Examples - popups:
  10. OpenLayers 6.x -- Examples - shapes:
  11. OpenLayers 6.x -- Examples - icons:
  12. OpenLayers 6.x -- Examples - icon colors:
  13. OpenLayers 6.x -- Examples - icon pixel operations:
  14. OpenStreetMap - Directions:
  15. The Art of IntelliSense - Three ways to use IntelliSense with Bing Maps APIs:
  16. NATIONAL UFO REPORTING CENTER: (geo-based dataset of UFO sightings)

See Also

Transportation | GPS | LBS | GeoIP | Visualization