I have a tool for embedding maps created by Google My Maps at http://www.mymapsplus.com - would anyone here be interested in using these with Wikitravel ? It would be a straightforward way for users to create a map to go with an article. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs)
We've avoided doing that sort of thing, for a few reasons. One is the issue of licensing: Google doesn't grant us the rights to distribute their copyrighted maps under the same terms we distribute the rest of Wikitravel (the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license). Another is the fact that these maps aren't necessarily ideal for our purposes (e.g. color coding, custom symbols, identifying locations not in Google's database), and the use of those maps would tend to undercut the effort to develop our own, which would be geared specifically for Wikitravel's needs. - Todd VerBeek 22:50, 1 May 2007 (EDT)
That sounds fair enough. Google My Maps could still be of use to you as many people are creating mini local guides with My Maps. It wouldn't be too difficult to add a button labelled 'Include this map in wikitravel' to my site which would share the kml file along with info such as city and country. You could then use the data with your own maps API. If you need anyone to help with development or testing of your own maps API I'd be interested in helping. I'm not totally sure where Google My Maps is leading to, My Maps are being incorporated into Google Earth and Searches but I doubt they'll be made available on any sort of open source basis. Wikimapia and Placeopedia are doing open source maps, I think a travel-oriented open source map database would be a good project.
On a side issue, I would like to include some Wikitravel content on my maps sites - is it possible to use your xml feeds (I emailed firstname.lastname@example.org a few weeks back but didnt get a reply) Rob 22.214.171.124 23:17, 1 May 2007 (EDT)