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Yahoo! Maps web site

Yahoo! Maps is a free online mapping portal provided by the Yahoo! network, based out of Sunnyvale, California. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (756x766, 122 KB)Yahoo! Maps, centered on Framingham, Massachusetts This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (756x766, 122 KB)Yahoo! Maps, centered on Framingham, Massachusetts This is a screenshot of a copyrighted web page, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by owner of the website. ... Yahoo! Inc. ... Location of Sunnyvale within Santa Clara County, California. ...

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  • May 16th, 2007, Yahoo! released a new map style designed by a the cartography company, Cartifact. Data and imagery were also supplied by Cartifact, including shaded relief showing land surface features and land cover coloring indicating major environmental zones.
  • At some point before May 2007 maps of India were added to http://in.maps.yahoo.com which is a non Flash interface to Yahoo Maps, and in addition to the Indian coverage (not available through http://maps.yahoo.com) the rest of the world's coverage is also accessible through it.

Available Services

The main Yahoo! Maps site offers street maps and driving directions for the United States and Canada. It has the following notable features:

  • Address Book: Registered Yahoo! users can store a list of commonly used street addresses, making it unnecessary to type them in again. A recently entered address can be quickly recalled by selecting one from a drop-down list.
  • Live Traffic: Traffic incident markers and current highway conditions can be viewed on the map.
  • Point of Interest Finder: SmartView (tm) can be used to find businesses and other points of interest near the current location, with clickable icons that supply an address, a telephone number, and links for more information.
  • Driving Directions: Driving directions can be displayed on a map or in printable form, with optional turn-by-turn maps, or as simple text. Links to driving directions can be e-mailed, and text directions sent to mobile phones.

Yahoo! Local Maps Rich Internet Application

A new and improved Yahoo! Local Maps has been recently made available. It offers maps with significantly more interactivity for broadband users. It is written using Adobe Flex 1.5, leveraging Rich Internet Application techniques and the Adobe Flash platform (formerly Macromedia Flash). Some features: Adobe Flex is an umbrella term for a group of technologies initially released in March of 2004 by Macromedia to support the development and deployment of rich Internet applications based on their proprietary Macromedia Flash platform. ... Rich Internet applications (RIA) are Web applications that have the features and functionality of traditional desktop applications. ... Adobe Flash, or simply Flash, refers to both the Adobe Flash Player, and to the Adobe Flash Professional multimedia authoring program. ...

  • Draggable maps: The current map view can be manipulated by dragging it with the mouse or tapping the arrow keys. Zoom level can be controlled via the mouse scroll wheel, "Page Up"/"Page Down" keys, or the map's zoom bar.
  • Multi-point driving directions: Multiple addresses can be entered and manually reordered for complex driving directions.
  • Find On The Map: A local search by business name or category can be typed into the "Find On The Map" box to locate it in the current map view. A list of clickable point of interest categories is also available. The results can be further refined by user rating, or related category.
  • Widgets: A number of widgets over the map include a navigator widget, map type (map, satellite & hybrid) controller and a zoom level control.
  • Satellite Imagery: Labelled (hybrid) and unlabelled satellite imagery is available world-wide.
  • Overview map: Collapsible overview map provides context, with draggable grey area controlling the main map view.
  • International Coverage: Outside the US and Canada, Yahoo! Maps Beta can recognize city, province, and country names, and provide a small-scale map or satellite views.
  • Right click to set waypoint: an origin, destination, or midpoint can be set by right-clicking on the desired location on the map.
  • Draggable markers: Any marker can be dragged to the 'Get Map' text entry area to add that location to a route.

Live traffic, address book, and send to phone features are also available.


Yahoo! Map Web Services

Developers can embed Yahoo! Maps into their own web pages (to create a mashup) through the Yahoo! Maps Developer APIs. Many exciting new web sites have come about recently by displaying content from other sources on top of maps provided by the various mapping portals (the Google Maps API getting the most publicity). The Yahoo! Maps APIs come in three basic flavors: The term mashup refers to a general aesthetic / ethic of reduce, reuse, recycle + steal & pillage practically applied to an artform/trade/technology (or combination thereof). ... The Google Maps API was created by Google to facilitate developers integrating Google Maps into their web sites, with their own data points. ...

  • The Ajax API, for interactive maps that use capabilities inherent in web browsers, without using the Flash plug-in. Ajax applications are written in JavaScript.
  • The "Simple" API. The Simple API is basically a XML data format, an extension of GeoRSS, for displaying point of interest data on top of Yahoo!'s main map site. The Flash and Ajax APIs also support display of GeoRSS formatted data.

Yahoo! offers a number of low-level APIs to support maps, for geocoding, getting a map image, searching for a local business, or retrieving traffic information. Some other Yahoo! services, such as Flickr and Upcoming.org, have their content available through web services, with interesting potential for mashups. Adobe Flash, or simply Flash, refers to both the Adobe Flash Player, and to the Adobe Flash Professional multimedia authoring program. ... JavaScript is a scripting language most often used for client-side web development. ... ActionScript is a scripting language based on ECMAScript, primarily used to develop software for the Adobe Flash . ... Adobe Flex is an umbrella term for a group of technologies initially released in March of 2004 by Macromedia to support the development and deployment of rich Internet applications based on their proprietary Macromedia Flash platform. ... // Ajax (also known as AJAX), shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is a development technique for creating interactive web applications. ... JavaScript is a scripting language most often used for client-side web development. ... GeoTagging, sometimes referred to as Geocoding, is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as websites, RSS feeds, or images. ... GeoTagging, sometimes referred to as Geocoding, is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as websites, RSS feeds, or images. ... For other uses, see Geocoding (disambiguation). ... Flickr is a photo sharing website and web services suite, and an online community platform, which is generally considered an early example of a Web 2. ... On the Internet, Upcoming. ...


Map Data

The street network and other vector data Yahoo! maps uses is from Navteq, Tele Atlas, and public domain sources. Detailed street network data is currently available for the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and most European countries. Country borders, cities, and water bodies are mapped for the rest of the world. NAVTEQ, founded in 1985 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a provider of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data that is used in a wide-range of applications, including automotive navigation systems and web-based applications, such as Google Maps and MapQuest. ... Tele Atlas is a provider of digital maps for Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Location Based Services (LBS), and automotive navigation system. ...


Moderate resolution satellite imagery is available world-wide. 1-2 meter resolution is available for most of the contiguous United States, and select cities worldwide.


Other Mapping Portals

The following is a partial list of other online mapping portals with similar or overlapping services.

Screenshot from MapQuest MapQuest is a map publisher and free online Web Map Service, owned by AOL. The company was founded in 1967 as Cartographic Services , a division of R.R. Donnelley & Sons in Chicago, Illinois. ... Screenshot of Google Maps showing a route from Toronto to Ottawa on the 400-Series highways. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Map24 is an Internet map and route planning service. ... Multimap. ...

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