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Beginning Google Maps Mashups with Mapplets, KML, and GeoRSS: From Novice to Professional by Sterling Udell

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PART 1The Geoweb and theGoogle Maps API

CHAPTER 1Introduction to the Geoweb

Everything that happens, happens somewhere! Google Maps has revolutionized how we see and use location-based information. As recently as 2005, there was no good way to put a map on your web page without paying large sums of money for solutions that still had many shortcomings. Google changed all of that, first with its unprecedented draggable maps, and soon after with the release of a free API that allowed anyone to use those maps on their own websites.

It wasn't just a revolution in mapping; it was the start of a revolution in how we see information. It has led to the birth of the Geospatial Web, in which location becomes a usable aspect of almost every piece of information. ...

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