12.12.2009

Changes in place deletion

Today we change place deletion interface. From this time you must choose reason for place deletion and it will be saved for later use (also will be shown in future releases of watchlist). Current reasons for deletion are:

    There is no place marked by this outline
    Non-existent place, even if it was there in the past
    Planned building or road, which have not been constructed yet
    Movable object or vehicle: bus, car, ferry, airplane, ship etc
    A non-existing place where any event happened
    Duplicate place
    Place has incorrect description (propose to correct/clear information)
    Place has incorrect outline (propose to correct outline)

04.12.2009

Wikimapia launches Wikimapia API

We've been promising this since the beginning, and now it happened. Today we open our Wikimapia Database through Wikimapia API. Since that day developers around the world can integrate Wikimapia Geo Data into their external applications and web sites. We provide you with free access to Wikimapia DB, collected by our contributors, with the aim to help the geographic community to use this data not only on Wikimapia site, but through any other website or application, including mobile and GIS apps. So everyone can use them everywhere.

We open Wikimapia data free for non-commercial use (as you mention the original data source, according Wikimapia TOS). We will be in close contact with developers via our discussion forum in API section, supporting them with all the required documentation and updates. Hope soon we will publish a best-practices guide for our API. Our API is still a developing stage (beta), more features will be added soon such as roads, graphic tiles use, then adding information from mobile devices to Wikimapia DB.

Find out more here http://wikimapia.org/api/. Start with registration and reading our usage rules (and applying for the key). Then go ahead - start developing your software! Your feedback and suggestions are welcome!

03.07.2009

New version of Wikimapia released

We released the new version of Wikimapia. It is the next step in Wikimapia development to make the map more readable for users. A few months after launching Wikimapia we faced the problem of rectangles' mess in populated areas. Previous version of Wikimapia with rectangles was quite unreadable by ordinary visitors, we found this out by several usability tests.

To give a visual presentation of changes here is a demonstration of Wikimapia in old version:

Image

New Wikimapia presents this in a better way:

Image

Image

Link to this place

Old version of Wikimapia is available on the "Map type" menu as a Classic Wikimapia option.

Let's describe the whole world!

24.05.2009

Wikimapia celebrates three year anniversary

This month we celebrate 3 years birthday of Wikimapia, as well as passing the creation of 10 000 000 places and 2 500 000 kilometers of roads.

We launched Wikimapia with the aim to create and maintain an interactive, editable, free, multilingual, up-to-date map of the whole world

Our long-term objectives are clear - we need to describe the whole Earth:

all places (to create places outlines, titles, descriptions, addresses, categories);
all additional mapping data (islands, coastlines, rivers, etc.);
all roads (names, special information for routing and navigation);
all transport infrastructure (railroads, ferry ways, urban transport, etc.) in a way to use it for routing and navigation, not only for use in cars, but also for pedestrians and other use in transport;
all countries and administrative borders
Not all features are finished, but we are implementing them step-by-step, here are some of them which we plan to introduce very soon:

API, then all people will be able to use geodata stored in Wikimapia;
functional history for actions in Wikimapia;
ability to add many places on one area (for example: restaurant, shop and pharmacy in the same building)
We want to thank all our users for their help.

Let’s describe the whole world!



Alexandre Koriakine and Evgeny Saveliev

Wikimapia team

07.03.2009

Wikimapia lights up the world

Here's a special map of users activity on Wikimapia. More light means more edit activity in that region.

Image

23.05.2007

Wikimapia turns one year old

We launched Wikimapia a year ago, on May 24, 2006. It was an amazing idea and since that time Wikimapia takes the biggest part in our lives.

What has been done during this year? Wikimapia collected nearly 4 million places (+3700k plus +200k moved to trash, and +100k precise polygons created), +60k users registered in Wikimapia in 6 last months, +500k messages left by visitors.

Wikimapia also entered into 1000 most visited sites in Alexa statistics, it took nearly one year to do this.

We would like to thank our contributors for their knowledge, our visitors for their interest, Wikipedia for it's inspiration and Google Maps for supporting new technologies in the whole world.

What will be in the future? Road markup (in real Wikimapia way), address and routing systems, further evolution in search, more useful map layers, places filtering system, new user administrative functions, and other neat upgrades.We develop internet together, the future comes soon enough!

08.03.2007

3 million places

As of March 8, 2007 the number of places on the Wikimapia has exceeded 3 million (we do not consider those 200,000 objects that were removed).

Soon we are planning:

    to add more languages
    to run localization
    to develop wiki docs + internal forum
    to start the polygons, finally
    some more improvements