Maps

yegg Staff yegg
Created: 7 years and 3 months ago
I'm starting to mess around with maps. Any suggestions? 


It had an address detector in there before, but now it pops a map in that case and also looks for map * or * map, and does the same. 

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anonymous
Maybe there should be a title, e.g. Map of Phoenixville, PA. Also, directions would be nice, e.g. if you search directions: Phoenixville, PA to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. Maybe even show street view if there is any for that adress.

~voop556
posted by [Old Forum voop556] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
yegg
Yeah, turning this off for now for a few reasons, but would appreciate more suggestions for sure.
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
Perhaps you could include the map if Wikipedia categorizes it as a location (e.g. http://duckduckgo.com/Arizona)?

Also, you're hotlinking the image directly from the MapQuest API. Does MapQuest collect personal information?

Also, have you looked at http://open.mapquest.com/ ?
posted by [Old Forum notriddle] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
posted by [Old Forum dgmurdockiii] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
yegg
open.mq is osm.
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
maps!great idea!
posted by [Old Forum zeitgeistt] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
Maybe when you type in an ip adress or logitude and latitude a map could come up.

~voop556
posted by [Old Forum voop556] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
yegg
The mapquest geocoding, and the open street map one has serious issues. Once I have a lat/lon I can now easily grab OSM tiles, but getting good lat/lons is an issue. Any ideas for good providers?
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
Wikipedia provide latitude-longitude for most locations it has in the templates.

If that's too hard to parse, try http://www.geonames.org/.
posted by [Old Forum notriddle] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
I got surprised when I was looking for maps (campaigns) for Alien Swarm ...

This is even worse. Search for sdfgsf
posted by [Old Forum blaxpirit] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
GeoCoder is US-only, unfortunately...
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
posted by [Old Forum dgmurdockiii] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
Why won't maps come up anymore?

~voop556
posted by [Old Forum voop556] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
yegg
The geocoding wasn't too useful. Now there is a link to Google maps hard-coded first, but working on getting it back up again.
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Nominatim   will do exactly what you want to do
posted by [Old Forum dgmurdockiii] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
yegg
I'm working with that now -- it has its issues, i.e. searching for 'brooklyn' doesn't work right, but it might be workable.
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
how is thiS COMING ALONG
posted by [Old Forum dgmurdockiii] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
yegg
Haven't had time to work on it much this week, but would like to soon.
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 3 months ago Link
yegg
OK, got basic OSM tiles up -- let me know what you think.



posted by yegg Staff7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
openstreetmap integration is nice looking :)
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
Is trying to have maps trying to do too much and just walking down the same path as GOOG and Bing?  I know most people have become conditioned to expect [i]everything[/i] from a search engine, but maybe DDG's appeal is that it can do the search engine better than others. It seems to do that, its focus should be very limited.  Looking for a map? Have DDG point the user to a website that has maps - Google Maps, Mapquest, etc. and that's it, done. I think part of Google's huge failing is that it tries to be and do too much.  And with no way to compete with those kinds of pockets, why not just do one thing very well and forget about so much of the extras?


posted by [Old Forum c-hase] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
yegg
I agree with that sentiment, and have tried hard only to inject features that I think truly improve things. However, I think maps in certain contexts like when you literally type in the word map or a full address are warranted. In other cases, we'll just keep providing a hard link to a map site (as you suggest), which we have been doing for a while.
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
Interesting. Thanks for the reply. I do hope DDG does well.
posted by [Old Forum c-hase] • 7 years and 3 months ago Link
anonymous
posted by [Old Forum dgmurdockiii] • 7 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
Really like this feature. Keep up the good work.
posted by [Old Forum sjp602] • 7 years and 2 months ago Link
crazedpsyc
Very very well done! I do like having the maps on the side a lot better than in the 0-click box because they just take up too much space when you don't really want them.
posted by crazedpsyc 7 years and 2 months ago Link
yegg
Thx! These should get even better within a couple of weeks. Mapquest OSM is releasing static map integration which should enable different sizes and pin placement. Right now we're restricted to the 256 square OSM tiles (without pins).
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
When you search Map My Run there's a map of Run, Oisterwijk, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands, very strange.

~voop556
posted by [Old Forum voop556] • 7 years and 2 months ago Link
yegg
Thx -- will report.
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
They fixed this false positive.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 7 years and 2 months ago Link
yegg
Upgrade this a bit to use their new static map service, which can show a center icon.
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 2 months ago Link
anonymous
Is there anyway we can get map in sidebar for some locations ? For example, library, museum or other famous location when entered in search ? That will be one good feature.
posted by [Old Forum star.scream] • 7 years and 2 days ago Link
anonymous
Like this! https://duckduckgo.com/?q=black+lab+bistro I do like it better like this, but thats just me.
posted by [Old Forum zeitgeistt] • 7 years and 1 day ago Link
yegg
I improved this (still yet officially unannounced ) feature in two ways per your suggestions:

1) It now looks at 0-click wikipedia categories and if it detects something that seems to indicate it is a place then it renders a map in the right column, e.g. http://duckduckgo.com/?q=mannheim%2C+germany - right now it is cities and towns mainly. Give me some examples of other places you had in mind and I will see if we can geocode view OpenStreetMap, which is what it is using to determine location and get the map (via OpenMapquest).  
2) That map now fills the space so if you increase your browser width a lot and refresh, it will get bigger. Not sure if it takes it too far or not, i.e. if there should be a width limit. 
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 11 hours ago Link
anonymous
I like how you integrated that into the side bar: excellent! As far as privacy is concerned I only care that the information I'm looking at is not viewed, sold, etc.. I realize that DDG cannot force privacy onto others.. That being said hopefully they (some sites) will come to appreciate this target audience and have some mutual respect & cater to us like they do with all other visitor's.

I think it's awesome yegg open map quest is quite good and again the integration is excellent.

~ klh
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 7 years and 7 hours ago Link
anonymous
Is DuckDuckGo releasing its own version of maps? If we truly want to avoid other search engines, then maps would help us.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
you should also intergrate into maps. Gasbuddy finding people cheap gas while in the trip anywhere.
 
-Trey
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
Clicking the map after searching for Arizona gives me a blank page.

edit: http://open.mapquest.com/ is blank; looks like the whole site is down.

http://duckduckgo.com/?q=Arizona

http://open.mapquest.com/?q=[34.2935590031495,-111.664248920118]

posted by [Old Forum notriddle] • 6 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
Looks good here - perhaps it was temporary downtime or a problem on your end?
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
Can you make this also find results for the german word "Karte"

Would be great if !map would also forward to OSM and not Google Maps.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 6 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
For the longest time I thought there was no way to expand the map except to copy the address, go to openstreetmap, and paste it into the search bar.

Did anyone else have this problem? I saw someone else do the same thing, and thought that expand map button might be more discoverable if it were a short, wide arrow at the bottom center of the map. I adjusted the css in my browser to show what I mean. Here's the screenshot: http://postimg.org/image/x6uz1ev4r/

Is this a good idea?

(Ignore the + and - buttons and the link to openstreetmaps because I couldn't figure out how to adjust only the down arrow box.)
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link
anonymous
Especially because when I'm in fullscreen mode (as I was when I didn't find the arrow), the scannable area of the map is quite wide:

http://postimg.org/image/g1nuyc0tb/
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 1 month ago Link
Whatsup
The problem about Duckduckgo maps is that it is hard to open up. For example, if I type New Zealand, the tab "Maps" would not pop up, I wish the tab "Maps" would always be there. Another thing, even though you can enlarge maps when it is open, I wish you could full screen it. Additionally there should be more features like in Google Maps; I should also be able to look up MacDonalds for instance and find places of MacDonalds like you can in Google Maps.
posted by Whatsup 3 years and 1 month ago Link