Google Adds New Data for Better Google Maps
The DynamicMapsEngineLayer is now available to developers to give them a new way to visualize and interact with their data in Google Maps.Google Maps has unveiled a new maps layer for developers so that they can better integrate their data with images in Google Maps. The innovative DynamicMapsEngineLayer gives developers the abilities to perform client-side rendering of vector data, allowing developers to dynamically restyle the vector layer in response to user interactions like hover and click, according to Jen Kovnats, product manager for the Google Maps API, in a June 26 post on the Google Geo Developers Blog. The new maps layer makes it easier for developers to visualize and interact with data hosted in Google Maps Engine, she wrote. "Organizations around the world use Google Maps Engine to host their geospatial data: ecological records used in the fight against habitat destruction, census income and age distributions, and up-to-date store locations and hours," wrote Kovnats. "Much of this data is available for public consumption." That abundance of information and the need to be able to integrate it into Maps more easily was the reason for the development of the new experimental layer, she wrote.
"To get started making your own maps, check out our developer documentation for DynamicMapsEngineLayer and find public datasets hosted by Maps Engine that interest you in our gallery (if there is a 'Maps API code' link below a map, click it and copy the code snippets shown)," wrote Kovnats. "For a deeper dive, also take a look at the Google Maps Engine API, a RESTful web services API that allows developers to read and write data stored in Google Maps Engine, and learn about querying public datasets."
DynamicMapsEngineLayerreplace the soon-to-be-removed MapDataLayer, according to Google's documentation. The
MapDataLayerwill be removed from the release version of the API on Aug. 15, 2013. "The Google Maps visualization library provides access to the