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Google Maps API v3 vs v2 (JavaScript): overlay problems

I have been using the Gmap API (v2) for dynamically displaying some data: oMap.map = new GMap2(document.getElementById("map")); oMap.geoXml = new ...
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Is it possible to query a MySQL database using the results from map.getBounds() with Google Maps API v3?

I have a MySQL database that contains a large number of polygons, one for each district on a map. They are all quite complicated and it's unrealistic to simply load them all at once. I've looked into ...
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Draw route direction overlay on Google Maps or OpenLayers

I'd like to display the route direction generated from GraphServer on either Google Map or OpenLayers. The result I want is basically identical to how Google Map shows route directions, by ...
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Server side clusterer for Google Maps

After doing a lot of research on different types of clustering coordinates (server side) I am still having problems with choosing the best approach for my project. My requirements: Ability to work ...
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Why is the 'straight line' path across continent so curved?

This is the result of mapping the straight line path from a point in US to Poland using Distance Measurement Tool. Also, planes from Asia to US would travel almost over North Pole. Why is the path ...
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protecting kml access to google only

I have a large amount of data (thousands of polygons) that I want to share with people through my site. I want them to be able to view the polygons, and due to the large amount of data, I am not ...
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What is a best practice way to display/feed US census/tiger data into Google Maps API?

Let's say I want to display age, income, etc based on census block groups on Google maps. What is the best practice or recommended way to do so and also to allow to do simple queries?
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What causes these shiny artifacts in Google Maps imagery?

Do you know what causes artifacts like this one: Source: ...
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Google Maps API: Is there a way to do proximity analysis to POI

Using Google Maps API can I do proximity analysis, for example: In a state, let's say Virginia, display all the points that are 500 ft/m from a POI such as McDonalds or Bob's Diner, 1,000 ft/m from ...
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Quality of free geodata compared to commercial sources

What are the sources of excellent geo-location data as possessed by Google Maps ? I am wondering that, even with large amount of volunteer work involved, why is OSM data not comparable to theirs in ...
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How to apply custom Google map style in OpenLayers?

Recently I stumbled upon interesting article showing potential of adding custom styles to Google Maps. Some examples of styled maps can be seen here and you can design your own from scratch here. ...
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How to Geocode a City

First, a little disclaimer. I know that I can just call one of any number of geocoding APIs to perform this for me. This is more of a curiosity than anything else. With that aside, how does someone ...
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What methods are there to produce map tiles for google maps?

newbie to stack exchange here. I'm currently using the automatic tile cutter found here to make the standard 256x256 tiles required to make a custom map type for my map. The map tile cutter script ...
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Best way to visualize Google Maps and Mapinfo (or SHP or SQLite) at the same time?

I am having a bunch of Mapinfo data of a large area. This data has multiple layers and is also available as SHP, and of course it could be easily converted to SQLite ("SpatiaLite"). Although probably ...
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How to Georeference 3D model or 3D buildings?

I am working on 3D project so i have to do georeference to 3D buildings which are created by 3D designer.Anyone Knows the solution.Please send me.
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How to overlay country map on google world map in openlayers?

Hi I am creating one map.So i want to overlay country map on google world map.I am trying with OpenLayers.Layer.wfs() function.but i am not getting perfect solution.If anybody knows the solution ...
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Google Earth alternate tile set

I have a Google Maps compatible tileset running on a local server and I can browse this in a browser with the Google Maps API and OpenLayers. Can I force Google Earth to use this tileset so I can ...
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Using the Proj4js library to convert from Google Maps to projected values

I'm using the proj4s javascript library (based on advice from this question I asked previously) to convert lat/long values on my webpage. This page receives the lat/long values from google maps and ...
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Converting google map api coordinates into meters

How would I go about converting the results of my map bounding box into meters within javascript? For example, if I have the coordinates 51.52366625446907, -0.07467269897460938 decimal degrees, can I ...
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GGeoXml error with Arcgis extension for google maps api

I'm using the ArcGis google maps extension. I've created a simple page based on the esri example here... I have successfully buffered a polyline, however, when I create a query and execute the ...
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Google Street View with Image Only

Is it possible to open a location in Google Street View and have it show ONLY the Street View image? For example, if I open the following link: ...
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Opacity control for KmlLayer in Google Maps V3 API?

Using a KmlLayer object within the Google Maps API, is it possible to control the opacity of a KML's image overlay features ?
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Is there a library to make custom markers for Google Maps API V3 by setting the marker's icon, labels and opacity?

Is there a library to make custom markers for Google Maps V3 by controling the icon, labels and opacity? This library for Google Maps API V2, Labeled Markers, seems OK, but I was hoping for a V3 ...
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Google Maps with Tiled Image

I'm trying to get a weather image to display on Google Maps, however in my comparisons to others it seems as if my image is slightly to small (Vertically).. I'm wondering what I might have done wrong ...
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Technical and usability differences between OpenLayers and Google Maps API V3

I know this is supposed to be a wiki question, but the feature has been taken of the site What are the main differences between OpenLayers and Google Maps api? What are the strengths and weaknesses ...
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What is the wire format for Google's new vector map tiles?

Google recently released new vector cartography for their mobile maps. I'm curious if anyone here has any insight into the wire format they use for transmission? I've experimented with a few formats ...
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Differentiating a building from a road on a map?

This question was originally asked here by Steven and I felt the question was better asked here. Steven would also like to know the sources Google buys it maps from. I remember seeing a post about it ...
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Detecting trends in local business web services

Do you know any research paper about spatial data mining algorithms to retrieve trends about local business services (such as google places.. etc) let's say most rated restaurants this week.. etc ? ...
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Using a web map to identify and access data

I am trying to making a webpage where the user pans and zooms on a map, and based on the location and zoom level, some data is displayed on the webpage (drawn from another source). The data that will ...
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Find bounding box of a Google map

Is it possible to get the bounding coordinates of a google map that a user has zoomed to using Javascript? I see that it can be done using the Google App Engine but I don't know if is possible using ...
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Plot a EPSG:4326 KML File using Google Maps V3

I have a KML file that uses EPSG:4326. Is there any way to plot this onto a Google Map (v3) which uses Mercator? Here is the page I am working on The district data comes from one source and is ...
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How to decode Google's proprietary latLon format for China?

This Google Maps link returns train stations in Shanghai, China. By appending '&output=js' it returns it in JSON format. I'm trying to decode the format Google uses for lat/lon: latlng:{ ...
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Plotting KML files onto a Google Map

I would like to show a map on my website. I have 2 different kinds of KML files that need to be plotted. One defines region boundaries. The other points within those boundaries. The region boundaries ...
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What is this “brown spot” in Google maps?

I was in Google maps today and noticed near Baltimore, US where the river is, there's a huge brown spot. Is this due to all of the waste? If so, will this keep going all the way into the ocean?
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Generate a kml file from Google results

Is it possible to generate a kml file of searched items in Google Maps. For example: Search for highschools in Virginia Return the results as a kml file with the schoolname address and location
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Randomly Generate Streeview Point without GIS in country

I'm interested in pulling street view data at random within a country. I can only figure out how to generate a point within a bounding box. Often it pulls data from nearby nations. I'm using a GIS ...
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Suggestions for simple mapping platform for alumni web site

I'm working on a proof of concept alumni site with a WordPress backend. I want to have a very simple map that shows where alumni are living. I'm thinking something like the Bing API or a simple open ...
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Add a polygon to PostGis from Google Maps

i have some experience with Google maps api, I have an app and currently calculate nearest points to locations via distance functions (great circle) and having a lot of waypoints on MySQL. I want to ...
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Moving marker smoothly along two GPS coordinates

I am trying to animate a marker from one GPS coordinate to another. I am currently using Google Maps to achieve this and, although my algorithm seems right, Google Maps is doing a poor job at ...
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Does a national(USA) interstate rest stop/rest area dataset exist?

And I don't care about format--worry about that later! I found some maps in Google maps, usually per state. I also have one map made my someone else, that no longer appears in the Google Maps search ...
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Google maps kml and polygon eventclick error

I have a google map polygon kml file that I am loading on a google map. When I click on the polygon, I draw a line from that polygon to places on the map. To do this I am using the code: //Add KML ...
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Algorithm for finding irrregular polygon centroid (label point)

I need to find a centroid (or label point) for irregularly shaped polygons in Google Maps. I'm showing InfoWindows for parcels and need a place to anchor the the InfoWindow that is guaranteed to be on ...
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Removing polylines from google maps

I have a point where a Gpolyline line is drawn from a marker to another point. After I click on it a second time, I want to remove the polyline. How do I remove the line after clicking on the marker a ...
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“File not found at…” error when loading KML into Google Maps

I have a KML file on a public URL like http://host.com/dir/file.kml If I put that KML file on another server, and put the new URL in the search box on Google Maps, it loads the KML into google maps. ...
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Coordinates of upper left corner in the world file?

According to Wikipedia and ESRI last two lines in the world file represent x and y coordinates of center of upper left pixel. Now, if I have a world file like this: 32.0 0.0 0.0 -32.0 691200.0 ...
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How to get an address or location from Google Maps?

How can one get the street address and/or coordinates of any location on Google Maps with a minimum of fuss? Google Calendar will spawn a window with a map to the location one specifies in the ...
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API to build GoogleStreet-like photo maps

do you know if Google offers a public API to display pictures in a map as they do with Panoranio? just to be clear, I don't want to use Google Street, or publish my pictures anywhere in the Internet, ...
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How can I plot GPS coordinates on Google Map

What is the best way to plot GPS coordinates on a Google Map? Are there any tools that can do that (written in python specifically)?
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What is a “mashup”?

GIS users mix spatial data layers from an early age of GI science. What is new in the concept of "mashup"? Is it something really new, or only a trendy word?
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Is there a way in the Google Maps API to perform a union?

I'm looking for a way to take the overlap area of multiple polygons and work with that result as a single entity, ideally all in the API.