Wikimapia is an online editable map - you can describe any place on Earth. Or just surf the map discovering tonns of already marked places.
Wikimapia is a geographic online encyclopedia project. The project implements an interactive "clickable" web map that utilizes Google Maps with a geographically-referenced wiki system, with the aim to mark and describe all geographical objects in the world. Wikimapia was created by Alexandre Koriakine and Evgeniy Saveliev in May 2006.
- Alexander Koryakin and Eugen Saveliev
- 2,500,000 (latest available figure)
- May 24, 2006; 15 years ago
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“WikiMapia is a Web 2.0 project to describe the whole planet Earth. It was created by Alexandre Koriakine and Evgeniy Saveliev, inspired by Google maps and Wikipedia. After a year of success that Wikimapia shown, we came to conclusion that we need big steps forward. We are planning to make Wikimapia much more interesting and useful for people, allowing them to get unique and fresh geoinformation data. To accomplish our plans and bring Wikimapia to a new level we need more financial resources than we have now, so we decided to start looking for an investor. Your advices, suggestions and thoughts about this subject are welcome and highly appreciated as we are very new in attracting investments.”
Google Earth popularity means there is a huge audience willing for this kind of services. WikiMapia potential success is banked on its offer of a wiki system. Wikimapia has been experiencing a rapid growth. By June 2007, 4 million localities had been identified.
Will they improve overall site functionality? This rapid growth has brought problems of its own with urban areas being covered with thousands of overlapping rectangles marking the position of private residences, but with no facility available to display places of public interest (as opposed to those of very restricted interest such as private houses, flats and apartments). Will they be able to cover all the planet? With Google Earth and Google Maps, will people prefer using WikiMapia? VISIT: http://www.wikimapia.org
- Wikimapia Beta
- Clutter and Filtering
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Tag a location
WikiMapia allows any contributor to add a "tag" (placemark) to any location by marking out a polygon around the location and then providing a default language, title, description and one or more categories.An optional note can be provided, as well as images and embedded YouTube videos, which all appear on the place's information window. Multiple categories can be added to any placemark by clicking the add categorylink and either selecting from a list of common categories, or by typing in the...
Users also can add up to seven pictures to each tag by selecting Add/Manage Photosfrom the placetag's menu. This opens a dialog box, allowing the user to upload a photo from their computer or the internet.
Location tagging is fully multi-lingual, meaning that there is no need to create separate tags for different languages. If a place is described in multiple languages, the user can navigate to other language pages by clicking on the link at the bottom of the window. Currently a total of 101 languages are supported, and 100% of the interface has been translated into 56 languages. Most of the languages (except Chinese) use ISO 639-1 naming conventions. Registered users can help translate the Wik...
In October 2008, a Beta version was made accessible to registered users for testing. The new interface adds new features such as "terrain patches" and a new layer, called "WikiMapia Map". The WikiMapia Map layer shows only information that is made by WikiMapia users, such as polygons and roads — and the polygons are in different colors depending on the category of the tag, e.g., blue for a lake or reservoir, or green for a park. Users can also filter what places are displayed by category. A WikiMapia wikiwas started for documentation and to help with collaboration. Wikimapia Beta is now the official version of WikiMapia (since July 3, 2009), although some users have shown their discontent with this decision.
In some areas of the world with out-of-date or very expensive mapping, such as India, WikiMapia growth has been phenomenally rapid. This rapid growth brought problems of its own, however. Urban areas became covered with thousands of overlapping rectangles marking the positions of private residences, but there was no provision in the WikiMapia interface for distinguishing those residences from places of public interest. Recently, however, category browsing has been introduced, allowing users to select what category or categories of features they want displayed.
Unlike Wikipedia, all user content on WikiMapia is licensed exclusively to WikiMapia. WikiMapia does not use a GFDL license, so royalties and many usage rights are forfeited to WikiMapia upon submission. According to the site's Terms of Service, user submissions are available for personal or educational non-commercial purposes through the website.
The site generates some income using Google ads. In July 2007, the founders of WikiMapia decided to start looking for an investor to accomplish their plans.
A GPS receiver can be connected to WikiMapia using a plug-in program (beta, download for Windows OS from WikiMapia site ). Limited WikiMapia functionality is available on: 1. Google Earth, using Google Earth dynamic layer in KML file. 2. Google Maps Mapplets using special layer. 3. Any HTML webpage, using code for a map frame which can found on the top menu, under "WikiMapia:Map on your page"
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