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7 de Diciembre 2006

Explosion of GPS mapping tools and web sites

The rapid increase in the number of mapping mashups and tools like Google Earth have obviously spawned greater interest in keeping track of our lives. GPS sales are up. And more people are geo-referencing their photos to maps every day. Since Google Earth Blog was started I've written about many different mapping tools, and web sites for displaying GPS tracks, photos, and other information. And, I normally just write about the ones which also have Google Earth support - so there are even more available than you see here. Here are a few recent examples of mapping tools which have come out:

  • mtbguru GPS mountain bike trail in Google Earthmtbguru.com - This free web site allows you to upload your GPS tracks and photos and will automatically georeference your photos to the tracks. They also have good output to Google Earth. See this example of a mountain biking adventure with photos (here is the mtbguru web map version). I've written a number of times about, and used, RoboGEO- a commercial product which has this same kind of capability. RoboGEO is a more robust and full-featured product, but for basic needs mtbguru will probably work just fine.
  • wikiloc and EveryTrail - OgleEarth recently featured wikiloc- which recently won the Google Maps Mashup content, and EveryTrail - yet another web-based GPS mapping tool which allows you to show photos as well.

The interesting thing is that some of the web mapping tools are devoted to niche subjects. For example, some are devoted to just paragliding, mountain biking, flying, sailing, or hiking. Other tools take a more generic approach and allow you to finesse and customize all kinds of data for different visualizations (e.g. Magnalox). Here are a few examples of the mapping with GPS tools I've written about (in alphabetical order):

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 7 de Diciembre 2006 a las 09:00 AM

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    Active Trails is a good site with a compilation of hiking trails. It can be found at http://activetrails.com.

    Enviado por: Dan Olsen at 7 de Diciembre 2006 a las 10:39 AM

    I just have to plug my own mapping tool: http://www.DiscoverMachine.com

    I created it just for fun. It can import GPX files and has a pretty clean interface.

    Enviado por: Ben Sinclair at 7 de Diciembre 2006 a las 11:59 AM

    I'm beginning to wonder if this isn't too much of a good thing, at least where trails are concerned. There seem to be more trailsharing sites than there are trails. Trailregistry.com is an older site with a much clunkier (no KML) interface, but it has plenty of content. Trails keep trickling in - but only trickling. I suspect this is because the trails you'd really want to share often have poor GPS reception. Some sites like crankfire seem to succeed because they're focused on one activity and already represented a solid community. Others *might* eventually dominate through really great interfaces. But I suspect that we're going to see a weeding-out process over time. Honestly, I'm more excited about redtrails.com.

    Enviado por: -s at 8 de Diciembre 2006 a las 02:35 PM

    Good list. Thanks for posting it.
    It's no wonder so many interest has been generated considering the heavy price erosion in the market and how many people have now a GPS (I have several myself).

    Enviado por: GPSguy at 7 de Marzo 2007 a las 01:40 AM

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but there are great sites out there like www.navitraveler.com that have awesome GPS capabilities and let you find about anything you could want to find.

    Enviado por: crzycrzy at 18 de Mayo 2007 a las 11:54 PM

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