More Disruptive Technology: GeoCommons Maker!
I’m sure they’ll get the glitches worked out. I hope they resurrect the heat map capability formerly offered through geocommons. Many of the graduated circles, like this one, don’t communicate very well IMO. In a lot of these cases a heat map would work better.
I suspect this release will re-ignite the paleo-neo geography debates. These debates are not really new, they remind me a lot of the discussions after release of ArcView 1.0. (Incidentally, Maker! appears to me to be functionally quite similar to AV1.) Many command-line ARC/INFO gurus thumbed their noses at all the silly GUI eye candy. Once Avenue came out (with AV2.0) they soon changed their tune. Funny how opportunities to add value to a technology can change one’s attitude towards it. AV2 also introduced Object Oriented Programming (OOP) concepts for the first time to a lot of GIS programmers.
I wonder if Maker! will follow a similar evolution. Instead of OOP, perhaps Maker! might make the mainstream GIS community see the value of Software as a Service (SaaS). It really would be great to see a site where we could build apps, and not just maps.