MapTube was 1 year old last week and to celebrate we have released an addition which allows you to change the background map to OpenLayers and OpenStreetMap.
The blue ‘G’ and the greyed out OpenLayers icon toggle the API between Google and OpenLayers. On the OpenLayers view, the basemaps can be the Mapnik, Osmarender or the Cycle Map layers which are all based on OpenStreetMap data. In addition to this, the OpenLayers API can also use the standard Google tiles as the basemap.
When creating a link to a map, the API currently in use is encoded into the URL when the ‘link to this map’ option is used. This shows up in the URL’s parameter list as “m=ol” for OpenLayers or “m=gm” for Google. For organisations where publishing links to Google Maps is a problem, this provides an open source alternative.
For more information on OpenLayers see: http://openlayers.org
For More information on the OpenStreetMap project see: http://www.openstreetmap.org