US: National Geographic’s thematic maps are now available in a new service from Google maps. The National Geographic maps can be found in their own section of Google Maps Gallery, This includes reference maps, wall maps, National Geographic magazine supplement maps, and other creations from over the years, all lay on top of the relevant Google basemaps. Examples include a detailed map of Civil War battles, a classic Africa wall map, a map of adventure activities in the Dominican Republic, and a map that shows comparative information about the two Koreas.
"The new tool takes advantage of the Google Maps Engine on the backend. That's for organizations to publish maps for their own websites primarily, but Google Maps also has a public data program and they have invited certain publishers, including the Library of Congress, the World Bank, and National Geographic, to share maps publically through Google's Map Gallery. It's part of Google's mission to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," says Frank Biasi, director of digital development for National Geographic Maps in Evergreen, Colorado. Maps can be embedded into other web pages or apps, and that Google may add an e-commerce element so that people can pay to download high-resolution versions of the maps. Each map already has a link to buy a print version.
Source: National Geographic