Recent excellent map interface examples

Various mashups and the ilk have been fast-and-furious in the past year. I've played around with my own map-application interfaces, while also appreciating many of the various schemes for UI that have popped up. The following is a short coverage of some of the nice interfaces I've come across.

Windows Local Live InterfaceWindows Live Local is the newly rebranded Virtual Earth (think Keyhole->GoogleMaps). It has some nice overlays, the ability to add pushpins with annotations, tours, and ooh, right-click support.

Wayfaring interfaceWayfaring is a Ruby/Rails web application utilizing GoogleMaps. It's got a very nice layout with map, set of links along the right-hand side, comments below, and the ability to handle tracks.

Hunting Legacy Online InterfaceHunting Legacy Online, despite its unlikeable (to me) subject matter, looks like a really nice interface for creating map annotations, layers, etc. The purpose is to tell a history of your hunting trips. However, the same premise could be used for geneology, family trips, photographic shoots, etc.

Maps for MapserverMaps for Mapserver is a very slick interface for mapserver, which is typically static. It doesn't have many bells and whistles, but is a great demonstration that you don't need to be locked into one of the "Big Three" (of online maps) in order to have a nice mapping interface. They use MapTools to perform the GIS magic.

Waymarking interfaceWaymarking is using static Tiger maps currently, but i'm a fan of their sidebars and isometric icon graphics.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.