The past couple of days has seen me taking a look at a couple of mapping options. To the list, I’d like to add a third – OpenStreetMap.
It’s considerably different from the other two which are managed by Google and Bing. OpenStreetMap is created and built by the local community.
Consequently, the community decides what gets added and, probably is more frequently updated as new locations become available. Heck, just like Wikipedia, it could be edited by you and/or your students. Details are available here.
I went back to Lasalle and started poking about. What I found really intriguing here was the various mapping options available via the overlays.
It was kind of interesting to poke around and look at the cycling trails that have been built into the town’s infrastructure.
As for transportation, you can’t take a look around Essex County without checking out the uniqueness that is the Tunnel Bus from downtown Windsor to downtown Detroit. It makes for interesting trips to Comerica Park, Ford Field, Cobo Hall, Greektown, and all of the other wonderful things to see in downtown Detroit.
Because the integrity is managed by the community, in theory, a chance in bus routes should be changed almost immediately.
One thing that I really enjoy with all three of the services are how clean the display is. I think it’s important to recognize that there should be more than one tool in your mapping toolkit. OpenStreetMap definitely is one to add.