Hosting maps on your own site

Want to host your saved map directly on your web site? You can by embedding it in an IFrame. Here is a simple script that demonstrates:

<iframe src=”http://www.batchgeocode.com/map/nw_kiteboard_shops”
frameborder=”0″ width=”770″ height=”775″></iframe>

(Replace the src=”” part with your own map URL)

Just add the code above to the HTML of your web site and your done! If the dimensions of the map don’t match your site, just edit the width and height variables.

UPDATE: You can now override the default css template (http://www.batchgeocode.com/default.css) by passing in your own CSS in the URL, ie:

http://www.batchgeocode.com/map/?i=nw_kiteboard_shops&css=http://www.batchgeocode.com/default.css

Just put your own css value where “&css=” in the URL. This will let you customize the colors and design to match your own site!

When Pop Culture and GIS Collide

Was really surprised yesterday when I looked at site statistics and saw traffic was 4 times normal. Intrigued I took a look at the most recently created maps and found this:

Cruise Itinerary for MI3 on 5/3/06

Apparently somebody created an “Itinerary” for Tom Cruise’s launch of MI3 and posted it online. Is it real? Well I guess that doesn’t matter to the following celebrity news outlets that linked it:

gawker.com
bestweekever.tv
fark.com
gothamist.com

I don’t know what to say… I am, uh, happy for this? Although celebrity news to me is equivalent to the lowest form of spam, I am glad people found a use for the batchgeocoder for something unique.

Everyday is a suprise…

REMINDER: Any map you create on batchgeocode.com will not end up all over the internet unless you want it to. Links are not published in any form, so it is up to you to keep them to yourself or distribute them if you’d like.

SRC Open Sources their Geocoder

Read over at DirectionsMag that SRC has chosen to open source their Explorer geocoding product. I love the idea of putting more tools out their in the open source arena, especially in the area of geocoding. But remember its all about that data, and these days its seems like getting data coverage is the hardest part.

So assuming you take your open source geocoding software and some free TIGER data, you are set to start geocoding on a mass scale. Does anyone have feedback on just how good TIGER is these days?