Google maps finally gets aus data

Seems as though Google Maps has finally integrated the PSMA dataset. Just had a quick look and the data seems to be fairly recent.

I feel sorry for the zoomin guys as no doubt their target audience has all but dissappeared over night (until of course businesses read googles licencing arrangements :) ).

Has anyone been able to get routing working? Seems as though its not accepting any kind of local address i throw at it.

Overall i’m not too impressed, but maybe thats because i have access to this sort of data all the time. It certainly will be interesting to see what sort of local “mashups” (god i hate that word) are created.

via geblog

2 thoughts on “Google maps finally gets aus data

  1. Craig

    I am interested in your comment:

    “I feel sorry for the zoomin guys as no doubt their target audience has all but dissappeared over night (until of course businesses read googles licencing arrangements :) ).”

    Having read the google maps licence I can find no restriction on businesses using the google mapping service. Could you be more specific what you mean.

  2. Chris Tweedie Post author

    Hi Craig,

    Have a read through the API terms here http://www.google.com/apis/maps/terms.html Its all relative i guess to what you want to use it for.

    Google reserves the right to release subsequent versions of the API and to require You to obtain and use the most recent version. Google may modify the Terms of Use at any time with or without notice

    I guess thats pretty standard, but considering some people are putting considerable time and effort into these “Mashups”, i couldnt like if they change API’s with little notice :)

    This one is pretty ironic given Google makes their money by doing the exact opposite,

    use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other device to retrieve or index any portion of Google services or collect information about users for any unauthorized purpose;

    And of course the one which is the sticking point,

    However, Google reserves the right to include advertising in the maps images provided to You through the Service, but will provide You with ninety (90) days notice prior to the commencement of advertising.

    Sure, they changed the terms recently from “whenever we like to” to a more user friendly 90 days, but the intention remains. I know if i’m a business doing a mashup for say, my business locations – last thing i want is competitors ads appearing :)

    I know you can always buy a commercial licence, but is google really that attractive as a paid service? I think most of the hype is because its a free service

    Last point i quickly found was on http://www.google.com/apis/maps/signup.html,

    Your service must be freely accessible to end users.

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