13 :: Maps Marker

So where does the WordPress module Maps Marker fit in, in the ecosystem of web maps? Is it a user friendly interface to the APIs or is more like Leaflet.js?

The WordPress plugin “Leaflet Maps Marker” allows you to pin, organize and share your favorite spots through your WordPress powered site easily. You can use maps from OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, Google Earth, Bing Maps or custom maps and additionally display your spots in innovative ways like through augmented-reality browsers. A full list of feature can be found here. You can download the plugin for free here.

Hmm. According to the examples from its showcase, it seems to be a bit of both. In fact, it appears that the full name of the module is Leaflet Maps Marker. So that answers that.

After reading the FAQ and the Features List, it appears that Maps Marker hasn’t reached the functionality of being able in import a set of markers, but it does have the ability to export a set in a variety of different formats:

  • export your markers as KML file for displaying in Google Earth or Google Maps
  • export your markers as GeoJSON for embedding in external websites or apps
  • export your markers as GeoRSS for embedding in external websites or apps
  • export your markers as ARML for displaying in the augmented-reality browser from Wikitude
  • export your markers as csv-file

Let’s give it a spin!

13 :: Maps Marker 2013-06-02 08-05-04

Ok. For this test run, I added four schools from our local school board into a map. And yes, the beautiful Stamen’s watercolour theme is not really appropriate for this particular use case, but dammit, it’s just too pretty to resist.

So, first impressions. This is a wonderful app that allows one to create, customize and tinker with the various online mapping services of Bing, Google, Mapbox and OpenStreetMap without having to know anything more of an API other than having to get a key (except for OSM).

The only real downside of this module is it’s inability to import a set of coordinates in a spreadsheet, but according to the FAQ this particular feature is being developed and will be reserved for ‘pro users’ which sounds completely reasonable to me.

Now, give me a couple more hours and I could do the data entry to add the rest of the schools into the map, and part of me thinks that maybe I should, if just to provide a more useful example of contextual mapping that the school board doesn’t provide at the moment.  (Yikes! Why not have all the markers on one map instead of having separate maps for each school!)

I did some more poking around and found there is an entirely different web mapping application used for determining what school / bussing one is matched with to a given address, that I believe is using some form of GIS software for. Or maybe something else I don’t recognize. Yet.

Addendum:  I’ve decided to make the full map anyway: I can’t be afraid of a little data entry if I want to make beautiful and useful maps.  Here it is!

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Greater Essex Country School Board Schools (Windsor)

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Coronation: 42.313360, -82.962212
King Edward: 42.319054, -83.011984
Frank Begley: 42.321371, -83.022607
Prince Edward: 42.310476, -83.017717
W. G. Davis: 42.298680, -82.953066
Princess Elizabeth: 42.324418, -82.967798
Dr. David Suzuki Public School: 42.326553, -82.959863
Eastwood: 42.300041, -82.922126
Forest Glade: 42.311300, -82.923156
Hetherington: 42.335847, -82.934464
Parkview: 42.308899, -82.911619
David Maxwell: 42.320192, -82.979908
Gordon McGregor: 42.309848, -82.990224
Hugh Beaton: 42.299795, -82.999576
Percy P. McCallum: 42.310472, -82.977545
W.F. Herman Secondary School: 42.307774, -82.974559
Walkerville: 42.317697, -83.006966
J.E. Benson: 42.308082, -83.054261
General Brock: 42.299643, -83.077277
Marlborough: 42.290287, -83.064010
H.D. Taylor: 42.297098, -83.049876
Century: 42.291965, -83.055109
J.L. Forster: 42.299732, -83.070178
Hon. W.C. Kennedy: 42.297030, -83.022082
John Campbell: 42.299919, -83.006953
Bellewood: 42.266928, -83.039779
Vincent Massey: 42.259437, -83.027416
Central: 42.266901, -83.017615
Glenwood: 42.263312, -83.027498
Southwood: 42.254473, -83.018793
Northwood: 42.277845, -83.029957
Roseville: 42.307323, -82.946878
Riverside: 42.331394, -82.937867
Queen Victoria: 42.301620, -83.031125
John A. McWilliam: 42.282522, -82.987837
Roseland: 42.259062, -82.992110
Talbot Trail: 42.252058, -82.973320
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Coronation
Coronation
5400 Coronation Avenue, Windsor, ON, Canada
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King Edward
King Edward
853 Chilver Rd, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Frank Begley
Frank Begley
1093 Assumption Street, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Prince Edward
Prince Edward
949 Giles Blvd E, Windsor, ON, Canada
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W. G. Davis
W. G. Davis
2855 Rivard Avenue, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Princess Elizabeth
Princess Elizabeth
5399 Raymond Avenue, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Dr. David Suzuki Public School
Dr. David Suzuki Public School
6320 Raymond Avenue, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Eastwood
Eastwood
3555 Forest Glade Drive, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Forest Glade
Forest Glade
9485 Esplanade Drive, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Hetherington
Hetherington
8800 Menard Street, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Parkview
Parkview
3070 Stillmeadow Rd, Windsor, ON, Canada
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David Maxwell
David Maxwell
1648 Francois Rd, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Gordon McGregor
Gordon McGregor
1646 Alexis Rd, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Hugh Beaton
Hugh Beaton
2229 Chilver Rd, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Percy P. McCallum
Percy P. McCallum
4195 Milloy Street, Windsor, ON, Canada
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W.F. Herman Secondary School
W. F. Herman Secondary School
1930 Rossini Blvd, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Walkerville
Walkerville Secondary School
2100 Richmond Street, Windsor, ON, Canada
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J.E. Benson
J.E. Benson
1556 Wyandotte St W, Windsor, ON, Canada
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General Brock
General Brock
3312 Sandwich Street, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Marlborough
Marlborough
3557 Melbourne Rd, Windsor, ON, Canada
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H.D. Taylor
H.D. Taylor
1275 Campbell Avenue, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Century
Century Secondary School
1375 California Ave, Windsor, ON, Canada
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J.L. Forster
J.L. Forster
749 Felix Avenue, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Hon. W.C. Kennedy
Hon. W.C. Kennedy
245 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor, ON, Canada
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John Campbell
John Campbell
1225 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Bellewood
Bellewood
2500 Labelle Street, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Vincent Massey
Vincent Massey
1800 Liberty Street, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Central
Central
700 Norfolk Street, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Glenwood
Glenwood
1601 Norfolk St, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Southwood
Southwood
1355 Cabana Rd W, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Northwood
Northwood
1100 Northwood St, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Roseville
Roseville
6265 Rose-Ville Garden Dr, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Riverside
Riverside
8465 Jerome Street, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
1376 Victoria Avenue, Windsor, ON, Canada
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John A. McWilliam
John A. McWilliam
1901 E. C. Row Expressway, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Roseland
Roseland
620 Cabana Rd E, Windsor, ON, Canada
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Talbot Trail
Talbot Trail
4000 Ducharme Street, Windsor, ON, Canada

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