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Looking for low-cost/free maps
For a school district site

 5:37 pm on Jul 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Anyone have suggestions on where to go to find low-cost or free maps to be used on a web site? It's for a school district site and they want to be be able to mark-up the map(s) to show where each school is located.

I've looked at MapQuest and a couple others, but they all talk about "Business Solutions" which I tend to associate with spending more money than the district wants to spend.

Hoping maybe someone has a suggestion or two.




 6:49 pm on Jul 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

MapQuest used to allow free use of their maps for non-profits (one of my old sites used them). Just send them an email about your situation.


 7:57 pm on Jul 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

pleeker I believe maps on sites from certain public agencies are public domain. You could locate some maps that suit the purpose and see if you can use them without charge.

Here are a couple of resource sites with a lot of map links:

Maps at Nations Online [nationsonline.org]
Geography at about.com [geography.about.com]


 8:40 pm on Jul 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Generally the school district has a map in their office you could ask them for it. Take it to Kinkos and have it reduced or have someone scan it. Or if they dont have one talk to the school bus company.


 9:30 pm on Jul 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks to all who helped, the information and ideas are great.

Thanks to one of Marcia's links, I found Maps On Us [mapsonus.com] which is a service that allows you to do just about exactly what we need. I've managed to create a map of the district and mark the exact location of each school, complete with links for driving directions, etc. The only drawback is that we'll have to link to their site rather than saving the image for use within the district's site.

Thanks again for the help.

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