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I'm looking for a map of the world that I can use in an application I'm making. The application holds data that is organized by country. On the map I want to show how much records there are in the database that are linked to that country. The country should then have a number on it indicating the amount of records and countries with lots of records should stand out on the map. The data should be loaded dynamically preferably by XML or JSON as the data changes continuously.

It should be possible to create links on the map to the list of data in the conutry. I'm looking for something very familiar like the map on woophy.com but the data may be grouped by country, not by city.

A REST API is highly preferred. Google Maps isn't sufficient since it's not stylable enough for my application.

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Did you have a look at this page http://www.41latitude.com/post/1268734799/google-styled-maps

Hope it helps?


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Just to be clear I am suggesting to use Google's API. –  DSB Nov 17 '10 at 13:35
Thanks, I didn't come across that one yet. Styling features look promising but something that's still bothering me (or actually my client) is the "Powered by Google" badge that is still there. We wouldn't mind paying for a map as long as we get more customization options. –  Abel Nov 17 '10 at 15:53

Check the Map Charts & Geomap chart types from the Google Chart Tools collection

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you could use any svg vektor based map, supported by modern browsers, and scalable in size, it can be edited in inkscape (xml) to contain your dynamic data, and setting hover states, but not sure on actual href clicks...

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Maybe you could try OpenStreetMap. As the name implies, it's open and you are allowed to do much more with the data and maps than some other map providers. I've never done anything with it like you are trying, but it might be worth a look.

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