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Slow Travel Google Map Maker

We launched our ST Google Map Maker system in August 2006 and are now collecting Google Maps to enhance trip reports and travel notes. If you would like to create a Google Map, contact us .

Our system lets you define your map center, zoom level and map type (map, satellite, hybrid) and then define your markers. Each marker has a type (town, garden, sight, etc.), description (the information that shows in the window when you click the marker) and link (a link to another website or page for more information). You create your markers, preview your map, change markers or create more. When you are done, you submit the map for publication on the Slow Travel website.

How to Create Your Map

More detailed instructions are on the ST Google Map Maker page that you login to. This is to give you a rough idea of the work involved. Have a look at our ST Google Map Pointer to practice locating markers.

1. Set your Map Information

The ST Google Map Maker Admin defines a map for you and emails you your login information. The admin sets a center point and zoom level for your map. These determine how someone first sees your map. You can change these. Choose a center and zoom that will show most of the area you will be marking.

Use the ST Google Map Pointer to find the center coordinates and zoom level for your map, then send this information to the Admin.

2. Create your Markers

To create a marker for a Google Map, you need the exact coordinates - longitude and latitude - for the place. Use the Map Preview in the ST Google Map Maker to find them.

For example, the coordinates for St. Peters in Rome are:
Latitude: 41.902245099708516
Longitude: 12.458217144012451

For each marker you can define a heading, text and a "link to" URL for more information.

3. Create Path(s)

A path is a series of coordinates. A line is displayed on the Google Map, going from point to point in the order you enter them. If you want a circle, start and end with the same point. Find coordinates along the path as you did for a marker.

Use paths to show a boundary or to define a walking or driving route. Place markers along the path if you want to define stops. A path marker is displayed at the start of the path with the information you define for the path.

Hints for Working with Google Maps

How to Drag the Map: With your mouse: point, click, hold down the click, and move the mouse. This moves the map.

How to Cut and Paste the Coordinates: To cut: highlight the number, right click and select copy. To paste: move to the input form, put the cursor in the field, right click and select paste.

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