As spring took its time to arrive in Austria and the unfriendly weather forced me to stay at home I started playing around with the Google Maps API again. A few weeks ago I saw those nice underground maps for London and Madrid and thought that I’ll create one for Vienna.
Additionally I put links to Flickr to the stations, all stored in my XML file. If I found a station relevant photo on Flickr it’ll display within the information bubble directly on the map. A link to Flickr search gives you the photos which contain “Vienna station name“. If you have a photo on Flickr of a certain viennese underground station, just add the appropriate station name and Vienna to its tags, title or description and it’ll be found by this search string. To narrow the results it would be great to have an underground station specific tag like subway or underground.
I think it’s a nice feature. If you don’t know the place you get an image what it looks like, or what the station looks like. Underground photos can be really interesting, frankly, I somehow like them. Once position information is an EXIF tag by default all this search-by-name will be redundant and some strange robots will automatically map your holiday photos. But till then, human beings have to apply names to places.
The points (“U”) in the map only represent the “center” of the station. I didn’t map every single exit. That would be something for my ToDo list.
More details about Vienna’s underground network you find at UrbanRail.net.
Improved photo search.