Thematic Mapping on Google

Up until recently, Google Maps mashups have been limited primarily to maps with up to about 200 points, limited line data, and overlays of static images. The Google Map Creator is a freeware application designed to make thematic mapping using Google Maps simpler. The application takes a shapefile containing geographic areas linked with attributes and automatically generates a working Google Maps website from the data. It does this by pre-creating all the necessary files and saving them into a directory. Publishing the map on the web is then just a matter of copying files onto a web server, allowing Google Maps to be used with the majority of ISPs.

Google Map Creator offers promising new opportunites for professional-grade mapping via Google Maps mashups.