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From Wired How-To Wiki Quick! You have out-of-town visitors and no time to show them around. It's time to make a map, so they can give themselves a tour of your favorite places. But don't get out your map-drawing equipment yet -- you can do this online using Google Maps. This article is located on a wiki .
Most people think of Google Maps in terms of finding a place or business, or getting directions from one point to another. Others use the satellite images and terrain mapping features. But there are tons of other uses out there for Google maps. From mapping the weather and news to mapping things that aren't maps at all, like paintings or magazines, Google Maps has a lot to offer. And there are free tools available out there for those who want to use the Google Maps API without doing a bunch of coding.
Here’s a nice surprise from Google’s Maps team: Just like Gmail, Google Maps now also has the Labs feature (it’s the little green vial in the top right menu), which introduces experimental new features for you to try out. Right now, you can try out nine new features (all disabled by default): – lets you zoom in on a specific part of the map by drawing a box. – gives you rotatable, high-resolution overhead imagery, but it’s only available in certain areas. Google plans to add more over time, though. – OK, this one is a little weird.
Google has just launched Google Public Data Explorer . The new Google Labs tool offers a visual way to look at and analyze large public data sets on a variety of popular search topics. The tool is specifically designed for avid data crunchers like students, journalists, policy makers, and could be seen as Google's prettified approach to a user-driven computational search engine (think Wolfram Alpha ). Public Data Explorer is its own dedicated utility that expands and improves upon existing functionality added to the search experience last year. Interested parties can visually dissect — in time-lapsed animation fashion and in an array of chart types — things like fertility rate by country, employment rates, and the flux of mortality rates in the U.S.