DuckDuckGo now offers maps and directions in a very handy, and meta, way to local services. It is described in the DDG blog post Directions! with an example from the US. This works in Canada (in Toronto), although Apple Maps is not one of the map choices – Bing, Google, Here, and OpenStreetMap. Select the service you prefer and carry on. OpenStreetMap doesn’t have a public transit .
In running the query it can help to include directions! ( although not essential). This search feature is mostly for restaurants. It worked for Queen’s Park, the legislature for Ontario, but not for Art Gallery of Ontario.
DuckDuckGo shows maps and directions
ntario or Archives of Ontario. This limitation seemed true in US cities too.
Maybe it’s time to give Google Maps a rest and try the revamped MapQuest.
Mapquest Gets A New Look And Logo, Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (Sept 16)
Yahoo announced changes in product offerings while stating that “we continue to focus on our key product pillars: search, communications and digital content”.
Q2 2015 Progress Report On Our Product Prioritization, Yahoo Tumblr (Jun 4 )
- closing Yahoo Maps site;
- shutting down some regional properties – Canada loses Yahoo Music, Yahoo TV
- ending Yahoo Pipes used by developers for mashing together data
Somehow Google Maps will provide search and voice-guided navigation offline – as long as you have GPS.
Google Maps Breakthrough: Search And Navigation Without A Connection by Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (May 29)
Google Maps on Android and iOS will help you book a restaurant through Open Table and get you to your destination. Great for travel.
Getting started with the new Google Maps By Nicole Cozma, CNet (Nov 6)
Of course – Google would add what it knows about places from Knowledge Graph as “info cards”.
Google’s Knowledge Graph Expands Into Google Maps, Matt McGee, Search Engine Land (May 13)
Wonder what Main Street looked like a few years ago before the condos were built? Google Street View might have just the shot you are looking for.
New Google Maps “Digital Timeline” Shows Street View Images Dating Back 7 Years, Search Engine Land (Apr 23)
Look for clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image.
If you work in a large building or on a campus and need to provide maps to facilities, this article on how to use Google Maps for the indoors should help. Describes what to do and lists many resources.
Help Patrons Find Their Way With Indoor Google Maps by Chad Mairn, Computers in Libraries (April)
For history buffs of England and Wales – brought to you by National Library of Scotland.
Reference: The National Library of Scotland Now Offers Free Online Access to Historic Maps Covering all of England and Wales, Gary Price, infodocket (Mar 25)
Get the Ordnance Survey Maps at http://maps.nls.uk/os/6inch-england-and-wales/
Ordnance Survey Map – Matlock Bridge. From National Library of Scotland
Who knew there were so many versions of Google Maps? There is the full version (has photo tours), and lite, what your browser gives you, and the classic.
Get Google Maps Lite, 3D Or Classic With These URLs, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Roundtable (Mar 7)