Ethermap is a new tool that simplifies the process of collaboratively creating online maps. Unlike Google’s My Maps, Google Earth, or ESRI’s mapping tools, Ethermap doesn’t require user registration. In fact, there isn’t even a place to enter your email address on the Ethermap site.
To create a map on Ethermap simply head to the site then enter a title for your map and click “create map.” On the next screen you’ll see a map that you can search, browse, pan, and zoom to find the places that you want to add markers to. When you’re ready to add a marker just click the “add marker” button and a marker is added to your chosen location. You can add text and hyperlinks to your markers.
To invite others to work on your Ethermap with you, you simply have to give them the link to your map. By default, anyone who has the link to your map can edit it. If you want to limit access to your map, you can set a password for it.
Ethermap doesn’t offer nearly as many features as some other map creation tools. The trade-off is that it is much easier to use for collaborative mapping compared to those other mapping tools. It could be a good tool for students to use to quickly collaborate on the construction of a map to highlight significant places in a story or to create a map-based story.
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H/T to Maps Mania.