|Map Mashups for Better Visualization of Location-Based Trends
Faculty Project Description
Maps and map mashups where you display relevant location-based information on a map in new and interesting ways are at heart of this project. When you describe statistical data (such as population levels or poverty rates) by displaying graphically on a map, rather than by providing a basic list or table, it will bring the data to life. Google maps API enables you to create applications that combine the mapping information with your own set of data and relevant statistical data so that you can have an effective custom view of information. The societal impact of embedding this visual location-based information in web sites will be on promoting awareness, better understanding of data, and discovery of relevant local and global supporting organizations.
Required tools: Each student needs to have a Google account, internet access, access to a public web server and a text editor, and sign on for a Google Maps API Key.
Google account: Go to maps.google.com and click on sign in tab on the right top corner. It will take you to another screen where you can create a new Google account.
Publicly accessible web server: Each student or a pair of students in a team must have access to a web server. This web server is used for testing their web pages for this project. If your school does not support publicly accessible web pages for students, each student could create a personalized web page on igoogle, www.google.com/ig. Their Google accounts should work for this purpose.
Google Maps API Key: Go to http://code.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/. Click on the left top link on this page (sign up for an API key). Follow the instructions on the sign-up page for a map key. The map key is linked to your Google account, and is used to authenticate you as a valid user of the Map API services. You only need a single Maps API key for a single “Directory” or domain.
Note: Web sites for this project must be publicly accessible. Otherwise, Google Maps API key will not work.
In this phase, students first use the Google wizard (http://www.google.com/uds/solutions/wizards/mapsearch.html) generating code for a searchable map control. The code must be placed before the end of body tag (