I came across this new and seemingly interesting tool that allows you to animate maps using the My Maps feature in Google Maps.
taken directly from the website:
"What are Animaps?
Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.When you send your Animap to friends it appears like a video - they can play, pause, slow and speed up the action!"check it out: http://www.animaps.com/#!home
A good article on how Google’s open-ended maps are embroiling the company in some of the world’s touchiest geopolitical disputes.
At the Journal of Maps we have recently moved over to having a Google Maps map on the main page showing the location of maps we have published in the journal. Its not exciting or pretty, but does the job. However we thought it about time we ran a competition to develop the best Google Maps mashup.
The rules are simple: use the JoM GeoRSS feed (http://journalofmaps.com/about.php?helpfile=smartyRSS.xml) and Google Maps APIs to do something interesting, useful, unique. The map can be designed to load in to the current space on the main page OR load in to a separate window.
Every *legitimate* entry to the competition will get a printed copy of our 2008 Best Map (http://www.journalofmaps.com/about.php?helpfile=smartyBestMap.html). For the winner there is £200 payable via PayPal.
The contest runs from now until 11:59pm on Thursday, 31 December 2009. Entry is straightforward: just email firstname.lastname@example.org giving a grief description of the project and a link to the code or project home page.