Google Description: Most Creative use of maps API – TOUR
WINNER: Adam Langeveld from Chameleon Web Services, UK
Most Creative Use Of Google Maps API Award
This fantastic award was won due to way that Chameleon Web Services were able to create a usable interface to show the entire football stadium within a website, providing a simple way to navigate around the entire 360 tour.
The Google street view systems allow photographs to be published to the internet into Google Maps. To navigate around you must click to walk around, and to go from one end of a football stadium to another would be frustrating and clunky.
We took the photographs within Googles system and then created a way to embed the tour into the full website. By working with TourDash we overlaid a menu structure on top of the Google Maps photography.
The term API is an acronym, and it stands for “Application Programming Interface.” and Google provides an API to allow developers to use Google Maps data. This then allows developers to provide their own data using this API to get the results they need.
For example, if you’ve ever seen a Google Maps object embedded on a website, that website is using the Google Maps API to embed that map. Google exposes APIs like this to web developers, who can then use the APIs to drop complex objects directly onto a website.
What Chameleon did to win the award for the “Most Creative Use of Maps API” was to provide a way to use the Google Maps API, TourDash API and the Wolverhampton Wanderers website, bringing them all together in a clean and simple user interface which allowed the full stadium to be navigated.