Permission was granted to me by the kind folks at the Germany-based Shadowrun website http://www.1w6.de/rpg/sr/ to appropriate the information contained in their Google map. Apparently most of the locations displayed are from SR1. My plan is to make this map as updated as possible for SR4 gaming, and accessible to the community at large.
Because they used custom tiles to create the map on their site, street-level zooming is impossible, making navigation through most locations difficult at best. I've managed to overcome this by taking those locations and plugging them into the original Google map, as seen here:
Adding new locations is as easy as knowing what the global coordinates should be. Removing locations that no longer exist or editing/amending the information for them is even easier.
The next step is to add neighborhood security codes, as seen in the original, as well as borders. I'd like to avoid using custom tiles in order to remain consistent with Google's map. (Doing so also allows us to place locations in other parts of the world instead of being limited only to Seattle.) If anyone would like to take a stab at this, everything you need to upload the map to your own server can be downloaded here:
Additionally, feel free to attempt to convert the existing code into a version 3 map.
It was also suggested by simplexio that we start a Wiki for locations in the Seattle area which would include latitude and longitude coordinates as well as other information. If anyone wants to take the initiative, go right ahead because it's a great idea. And would be a great way to organize the information that needs to be added to the maps.
To Do List:
*Image overlays for the Renraku and Aztechnology buildings
*Security codes for neighborhoods
*Seattle 2072 districts and locations
*HTML listing of all locations, linked to center the map on each location when clicked
*Quick coordinates generated for map center (toggled) to make adding new locations easier
*PC and NPC dot placement function
*New icons; distinctions made between shopping malls and recreational facilities, bars and restaurants