Curated Mapping News

These are the news items that I have curated during the monitoring of the API space that have some relevance to the Mapping conversation and I wanted to include in my research. I am using all of these links to better understand how the space is defining not just their APIs, but their schema, and other moving parts of their API operations.

Europe regions are complete on Elastic Maps Service (03-10-2020)
Table of Contents 365 RFCs (12-29-2019)
Devportals & Digital Transformation (12-18-2019)
Google's ARCore Depth API Brings Depth Maps and Occlusion to Non (12-15-2019)
Choosing an API (12-08-2019)
Mark Zuckerberg still won't ban 'political' ads from Facebook (10-30-2019)
RESTful API for Beginners (10-27-2019)
How (10-25-2019)
Facebook isnt free speech, its algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage (10-20-2019)
Scientists propose Spaceline elevator to the Moon (09-12-2019)
The future of tracing is open (09-11-2019)
Announcing MapTiler Cloud geocoding API (09-11-2019)
Crops under solar panels can be a win (09-05-2019)
Lenovo's take on Google's Nest Hub has a built (09-05-2019)
Forms Are Hard (08-29-2019)
Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun is coming to Disrupt SF (08-27-2019)
Satellite internet startup Astranis books first commercial launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 (08-26-2019)
Harnessing the power of the Location of Things with Azure Maps (08-26-2019)
The Basics of Fetch API (08-25-2019)
How to Avoid Cost Pitfalls by Monitoring APIs in AWS Lambda (08-23-2019)
FAA threatens $25,000 fine for weaponizing drones (08-23-2019)
Reactive Spring: Define a REST Endpoint as a Continuous Stream (08-22-2019)
StormCrawler open source web crawler strengthened by Elasticsearch, Kibana (08-22-2019)
How to Smartly Sunset and Deprecate APIs (08-22-2019)
What We Mean by Feature Flags (08-21-2019)
Waymo releases a self (08-21-2019)
Google Docs 'live edits' feature helps the visually impaired (08-21-2019)
How we reduced our API calls by 50% (08-20-2019)
Ownership, evictions, and violations: an overview of housing data use cases (08-20-2019)
Facebook will use humans to curate its News Tab (08-20-2019)
Surveillance as a Condition for Humanitarian Aid (08-20-2019)
More than 20 Texas cities and towns have been taken hostage by ransomware (08-19-2019)
API and data visualization out of the box [not so obvious gallery] (08-18-2019)
Web Scraping Examples (08-18-2019)
Integrating Slack into your Laravel API (08-18-2019)
TensorFlow 2.0: Dynamic, Readable, and Highly Extended (08-14-2019)
Self (08-14-2019)
How APIs are Transforming Travel Businesses? (08-14-2019)
Dynamic mission planning for drones with Azure Maps (01-17-2019)
Google Earth Reverse Engineering ( (01-15-2019)
DuckDuckGo debuts map search results using Apple Maps (01-15-2019)
Web Scrape Google Places using Google Place API (11-24-2018)
Mapillary Open Sources Street (11-08-2018)
5 Powerful Alternatives to Google Maps API (11-01-2018)
OpenWeatherMap team announces Weather maps 2.0! (10-29-2018)
TomTom offers free mobile mapping data as Google Maps raises prices (09-10-2018)
TomTom Announces Free Maps and Traffic Tiles on Mobile SDK (09-06-2018)
Google Maps API Price Hike Is Threatening the Future of Some Companies (08-27-2018)
An Aggregate Map and Location API Postman Collection (08-21-2018)
Mapfit Continues Its Efforts to Reshape the Mapping API Industry with Appointment of New CEO (08-03-2018)
Here launches new freemium plan for developers following Google Maps API changes (08-03-2018)
Google Maps now zooms out to a globe instead of a flat Earth (08-03-2018)
MapAnything Launches First API Services, Enables Developers To Enhance Enterprise Applications With Location ... (08-03-2018)
MapAnything Launches Distance Matrix API (08-02-2018)
Google Maps API Changes Billing Rules (07-16-2018)
Applying Machine Learning Algorithms to Map (07-06-2018)
Google Maps may be getting Wazes best feature: incident reporting (06-29-2018)
Trying Out Spatialite Support in Datasette (06-28-2018)
Creating a 3D Topographical Map in HoloLens/Windows MR With Bing Maps Elevation API (06-27-2018)
Mapbox Announces New Vision SDK for AR Navigation (06-01-2018)
Build a realtime map using Kotlin (05-14-2018)
Microsoft Bing Unveils Two New Bing Maps APIs (05-11-2018)
Price hike to Google Maps API could hit some brokerages hard (05-04-2018)
Google Maps finds routes in 39 more languages (03-27-2018)
Google Maps API Is The New Imperative To Mobile Gaming (03-25-2018)
Google Maps can now create transit routes that take wheelchair accessibility into account (03-15-2018)
Google Maps API is powering next (03-14-2018)
Emily Garfield's Watercolor Drawings Map Imaginary Places and Examine the Fractal Shapes of Cities (03-11-2018)
IBM Announces PAIRS Geoscope (03-08-2018)
IBM's new launch: PAIRS Geoscope aims to be search for geospatial big data (03-07-2018)
IBM's PAIRS Geoscope helps developers wrangle geospatial data (03-06-2018)
Pedaling pictures: The art and science of GPS doodling (02-23-2018)
Fantasy map generator (02-15-2018)
Citymapper app adds comparative data on local transport fares (02-06-2018)
Mapping global accessibility to cities (01-15-2018)
Mapping a Google Sheet with Lambda and Mapbox (01-12-2018)
New Geocoding Engine Boost Bing Maps' Routing Accuracy (01-09-2018)
New Jersey town will close streets to fight navigation app traffic (12-25-2017)
Google Maps knows all (12-20-2017)
Microsoft Tackles Vehicle Fleet Management With New Bing Map APIs (12-19-2017)
Apple adds indoor maps for JFK, LaGuardia, LAX, and other major airports (12-14-2017)
Get logistical with the Bing Maps APIs (12-05-2017)
Get logistical with the Bing Maps APIs (12-05-2017)
Lets make Reusable Web Components: Google Maps (11-15-2017)
Mapping crises for the American Red Cross and the UN with GitHub (11-15-2017)
Lyft says it will use Google Maps as its default navigation tool for drivers (10-12-2017)
React/Redux with Mapbox (10-11-2017)
Implement Google Maps in ReactJs (10-08-2017)
Microsoft Launches Bing Maps Distance Matrix API (10-03-2017)
Saildrone (10-01-2017)
CARMERA (10-01-2017)
Mesosphere DC/OS Brings Large (09-29-2017)
Eye (09-27-2017)
Using the Google Maps JavaScript API in a React Project (09-27-2017)
Open Knowledge Maps (09-27-2017)
How to Implement a Hybrid Architecture for Open Source Geographic Information Systems (09-22-2017)
Time Map by Mapbox Rethinking maps based on time to travel (09-21-2017)
Gett is using Citymapper data to plot new ride (09-21-2017)
Accumulated precipitation data for agriculture (09-14-2017)
Mapbox API Consumption Soars as Developers Demand More (09-12-2017)
MIT is crowdsourcing hurricane flood maps in Florida (09-09-2017)
MIT is using social media to map flooding from Hurricane Irma in real time (09-09-2017)
Florida Gov: Use Google Maps for real (09-07-2017)
Google Maps is getting friendlier to people with wheelchairs (09-07-2017)
OGC seeks public comment on proposed Geocoding API Standards Working Group (09-05-2017)
Google has updated its Street View cameras for the first time in eight years (09-05-2017)
Google's New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index The Real World (09-05-2017)
How to find the best place to live with the Google Maps API (09-04-2017)
Facebook has mapped the population of 23 countries in incredible detail (updated) (09-01-2017)
Thirty years of floods (09-01-2017)
Google Maps now makes it easier to find parking (08-29-2017)
Gorgeous x (08-21-2017)
Google Contacts Map See all your Google Contacts on a Google Map (08-19-2017)
Introducing Geolambda Development Seed (08-17-2017)
Configure Location Data and the Google Maps API for the jQuery Store Locator (08-11-2017)
Tips & Tricks: Adding Your GPS Location to Spotfire Map Visualizations (08-07-2017)
How I built a wind map with WebGL Points of interest (07-27-2017)
BMW and other carmakers team up to take on Waze and Google Maps (07-26-2017)
Google quietly released yet another outstanding feature for Maps (07-21-2017)
MapQuest is Retiring its JavaScript Maps API (07-20-2017)
New OneMap app launched with live traffic information (07-20-2017)
Google Maps now can tell you the best time of day to travel to your destination (07-14-2017)
St. Petersburg Puts City Services on Interactive Map (07-13-2017)
NYU releases the largest LiDAR dataset ever to help urban development (07-12-2017)
Planet, People and Pixels: A Data Pipeline to link Planet API to Google Earth Engine (07-10-2017)
Visualizing transit vehicle locations on a map in real (07-09-2017)
Help improve Google Maps by adding accessibility info for your favorite spots (07-06-2017)
The Kaarta Contour handheld scanner uses LIDAR to map spaces in real time (07-03-2017)
Google Maps now shows real (06-28-2017)
This mesmerizing map shows the world's cars, buses, and subways moving in real (06-28-2017)
Snap Map security concerns (06-27-2017)
GM eyes HD mapping to boost self (06-19-2017)
A First Glance @ Googles API (06-13-2017)
Working with APIs (06-13-2017)
Google Maps updates its Local Guides program with a new points system and more levels (06-13-2017)
Facebook Disaster Maps (06-08-2017)
MAPPED: The sad state of US bridges (06-06-2017)
Apple updates Maps with detailed floor plans of airports, malls in iOS11 (06-05-2017)
GitHub Google Maps Travel Tool (06-03-2017)
Use Case (06-02-2017)
Comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps Over a Year (05-30-2017)
YourOwnMaps Beautiful, minimalistic custom map posters (05-29-2017)
Spotting Dirndl (05-28-2017)
Vintage isochrone maps show 19th (05-25-2017)
Mapbox Unity SDK Brings Pokemon Go (05-24-2017)

These are curated as part of my daily work to understand what is happening across the space, and I regularly use them to track on what has occurred overtime, and include them in my guides, whitepapers, and other outputs.

Featured Mapping Companies and Organizations

These are the organizations I come across in my research who are doing interesting things in the API space. They could be companies, institutions, government agencies, or any other type of organizational entity. My goal is to aggregate so I can stay in tune with what they are up to and how it impacts the API space.

Other Mapping Companies and Organizations

These are additional companies who have APIs, but do not have as much detaila nd resources available to rank with the others.


AtlasCT is a global leader in maps and location-based services (LBS) technologies for mobile and web.

GIS Cloud

GIS Cloud is a real-time collaborative mapping platform for your entire field and office workflow. Data management works online, offline and on-premises.


We believe that Geospatial Big Data shouldnt be scary. And in the Information Age, data should never fall through the cracks. We intend to level the playing field in the GIS landscape by offering the fastest, most flexible, and most cost-effective solution to the problems that require Big Data geospatial processing.


GraphicVision - intelligent graphics, complex scheduling, custom mapping, Col Fusion programming


Graphika leverages the power of artificial intelligence to create the world’s most detailed maps of social media landscapes. We pioneer new analytical methods and tools to help our partners navigate complex online networks.

Online Image Map Tool

Basic online html image mapper tool. No software to download. Use images from the web or your PC. Load the image, map out your links and get the code! The Best and most Simple online image mapper. Create your clickable map here.

Realsoft Graphics


Free sailing blog, tracking system and social network designed specifically for sailors, cruisers, boaters and racers. Stay connected while sailing anywhere on the globe.

Industry Tag Cloud

This set of tags represent this industry, pulled from the website and marketing materials available for each of the companies listed.

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They reflect the intent of these platforms, helping people understand what is aavailable for integration into applications.