Google Unveils Google Maps Gallery to Find Maps More Easily
Next time you need to find a useful map, don't forget to try Google's new Maps Gallery, where hard-to-find maps are easier to find.Google Maps wants to be your one-stop source for maps so it is upping its game with its new Google Maps Gallery, where everything from historical maps to maps of school districts and more are being assembled to help users find just the information they are seeking. The new maps gallery was announced by Jordan Breckenridge, the product manager for Google Maps, in a Feb. 27 post on the Google Lat Long Blog. "If you've ever wondered which trails Lewis & Clark traveled for their famous expedition, or looked for maps of the best schools in your region, you may have found yourself scouring the web without much luck," wrote Breckenridge. "The best results for your search may come from governments, nonprofits and businesses, but historically that information has been hard to find or inaccessible to the public. Well, now, with the new Google Maps Gallery, it's easier for you to find maps like those all in one place." The new Maps Gallery "works like an interactive, digital atlas," wrote Breckenridge. "You can explore historic city plans, climate trends, housing affordability, shipwrecks and up-to-date evacuation routes. In addition to finding these maps through Maps Gallery, they can be viewed in Google Earth and are discoverable through major search engines."
The range of available maps through the gallery so far includes maps from the National Geographic Society, World Bank Group, United States Geological Survey, Florida Emergency Management and the City of Edmonton, he wrote. More organizations are expected to add their own maps over time. "As the Gallery grows, it'll be easier to find out where we've been, where we are, and where we're going, giving us a new way to look at the world around us," he wrote.