Exploring applications go beyond just seeing locations and searching for particular places. They can link in more map tools, as well as much more detailed information about your basic data. They can also include special base map options (such as a Google Earth 3-D view, a Google Street View image or a Microsoft Virtual Earth Bird's Eye view). Related databases can help users learn much more about individual sites than just a simple name or location.


  • Google Earth
  • Google Maps API
  • Google Visualizations API
  • Virtual Earth/Bing Maps
  • OpenLayers API
  • Custom Javascript tools
  • On-the-fly geocoding
  • Custom map overlays
CEC Atlas City Project
Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) - North American Environmental Atlas: GreenInfo Network built this custom interactive mapping application to showcase the dozens of important data sets available through the Commission (a joint agency of the U.S., Canada and Mexico) concerning environmental conditions in North America. A basic map view is supplemented with a 3D option using Google Earth technology. Each data layer can be displayed and downloaded, and descriptions and legends are easily available. Sliders allow adjustment of the transparency of each layer for visual clarity. (2010) The City Project - Historic and Cultural Monuments: This Google mashup showcases important sites commemorating cultural diversity in Los Angeles. Zoom in and click on sites for more information, and choose Table view to see a list of projects with links back to the map. (2009)
Species of Common Conservation Concern U.S. National Vegetation Classification Website
Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) - Species of Common Conservation Concern: Download the KML file to explore key animal species across North America. (2009) U.S. National Vegetation Classification (USNVC) web site: USNVC is a collaborative effort by public agencies, researchers and conservationists to refine and improve the definition of vegetation associations. The group previously had no dedicated web site or graphic identity. Working through the US Geological Survey's Gap Analysis Program, GreenInfo Network developed a website navigation, overall graphic design (with our partner Ison Designs) and helped bring in disparate content to create a single portal for USNVC. Another GreenInfo partner, Applied Geographics, is developing an interactive tool within the site for visualizing the many different "branches" of the vegetation classification as well as collaborative work tools. (2010-11)