Okay. So for our public art installment "Schooling Fish" we need an interactive map for the web site. Well, my Flash abilities are very limited, and I did not want to use the monster Dreamweaver to create a page with rollovers and all sorts of stuff that's a pain to edit as we (hopefully) add more fish, so I went hunting (fishing??) for a solution. After Googling around and hitting all sorts of dead ends (not free, not mac, not what we need, etc.) I finally found ZeeMaps. It is entirely web based, so I can edit my map anywhere and update it instantly. So it has a Google Ad (nothing is free) and a link to ZeeMaps - who cares. It functions well and it was easy enough for me to quickly figure out how to tweak it.
ZeeMaps makes it simple for you to create an interactive world map. The map is stored on our server, and accessible anytime, anywhere from a web browser. With a special member password, your group members can also add entries on the map. Upload a CSV file of contacts, e.g., from Outlook, Excel, or ACT!, to mark entries on your map. Specify your own attributes to qualify entries of your map, e.g., phone number, email, and contact. Search for entries using different criteria, e.g., search for all group members who are within 25 miles of New York, or show all houses that are priced between $350,000 and $500,000. Publish a map, including search, on your own website by embedding a few lines of HTML in your Web page.
And I read some pretty glowing testimonials on their site here.
The map below is my testing map, and after it is finished (it still needs photos, etc.) it will be published on the Schooling Fish site. Stay tuned for more from this cool project : )