Paul Miller notes the launch of Google Maps UK CIE Thoughts: Google Maps and Local come to the UK
As referenced by many when launched in the US, this raises the bar on mapping sites several notches. Some of the traditional mapping sites, such as www.streetmap.co.uk, must be really concerned by Google’s entry in to their domain.
Its still a long way from perfect though, as Paul comments in his more in depth review of its capabilities:
There is value, for example, in simply being able to ask for “libraries in Pocklington”, which returns a useful result. Unfortunately, it misses the library in Pocklington. The local authority knows where that library is. So does MLA. Both would benefit from my having been able to find it via Google Maps (without me having to know the postcode…).
As with Paul’s searches for museums in London,and libraries in Pocklington, searches for libraries general are equally hit & miss. But thats all to do with the quality of the business data, not the mapping technology.
Lorcan Dempsey comments…
See http://www.paulrademacher.com/housing/ for an interesting coming together of services. I think that an interesting avenue moving forward is thinking about Google, Amazon, Yahoo! etc as platforms upon which others, including the GLAM community, can build in specific ways.
GLAM = galleries, libraries, archives, museums
What you need is a directory containing locations for all GLAMs, with the addition of reliable links to their search interface. Then users would not only be able to find their local library, but also be able to quickly find out if the book they want is in stock. Or visa versa – using Google to give you directions to the library containing the book you just searched for.
As Justin mentions We will be talking more about this at the Talis Research Day. And we will be demonstrating a few things too!