Note to Self: One More Reason I Choose FOSS4G

The text of a popup window that users of the Google Maps Engine project find when logging in to work on their projects reminds me why using FOSS4G cartographic tools like QGIS and BoundlessGeo brings peace of mind: they improve instead of being yanked out from under me at the whim of a company built on a landfill not far from the San Andreas fault.

Also see: a post on this topic at the blog.

By the way, FOSS4G-NA 2015 happens March 9-12, 2015 in Burlingame, CA.

Important message to our users



On January 29, 2016, we will end support for the Google Maps Engine (GME) product. You will be able to use your existing GME project as well as the GME API through this date. After January 29, 2016, however, GME will be deactivated and no longer available for use. My Maps (formerly Google Maps Engine Lite) is not affected and will remain available.


Effective immediately, we will no longer be allowing new free signups. However, you will be able to use your existing free GME project as well as the GME API through January 29, 2016.


Going forward, we will not be creating new Maps Gallery publisher pages and existing publisher pages will be removed from the Gallery in the near future. New GME map submissions to the Google Maps Gallery will no longer be available. Note that if you unpublish a map, you will not be able to resubmit the GME map to publish again after.


Please find the following potential alternative solutions for some GME use cases below (additional options will be added as they are scoped):


By default, Google will remove any data from your GME project once support ends on January 29, 2016. Please review this technical whitepaper for more details on data removal. Data may be exported from your GME project using the instructions in this Help Center article. You may also export data from GME to Google Cloud SQL using interoperability software such as Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) or Safe Software FME Desktop. Visit this Help Center article for more information on FME Desktop.


For additional questions, feel free to reach out to our Google Maps Engine Users group.

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