Problem
Are you looking for a good mapping application component to use in your application. It should have good graphics and should be easy to use??

Or

you want to display your data on a World or a local map. Just like Google maps or Live Maps but free of cost??

Solution
The solution to the above problem exists with the name of Worldkit
worldKit is an easy to use and flexible mapping application for the Web. Light weight GIS. It’s a SWF based app, configured by XML, data fed by RSS. Stand-alone use or integration in larger projects.

Some of the Features of Worldkit

  • Ubiquitous use in the Flash Player and with RSS feeds.
  • Highly configurable look and feel. Can use images for marking annotations.
  • Integrates with weblogging tools, and any software producing RSS.
  • Displays photos within the map.
  • Zoom & Pan. Integrates with Zoomify for high resolution images, and WMS Sources.
  • Lines and Polygons. Time Navigation.
  • Accepts input for Collaborative Cartography & GeoWiki.
  • Annotations are categorizable. Javascript interface for GIS layer functionality.
  • GPS track routes.

Basically its a flash application which can take data from RSS feeds directly or from an XML file as specified by us.
It also shows the night and day lights on the same image.

It has got a specified configuration format.

Snapshot
worldkitsample

Examples
The tool has already been used at many sites around the web and the complete list can be found on Examples page.

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Anky Goyal

I am MCPD certified in .NET and working on .NET technologies for past 3yrs. I am very passionate about the new features which get introduced in the technology. I am here to share the new features i get to know in the world of Microsoft. Follow me on twitter @ankygoyal LinkedIN@Ankit Goyal

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    Hey, great post, very well written. You should post more about this.

    • http://www.linkedin.com/in/ankitgoyal Ankit Goyal

      thnks.. i will surely post more on this very soon…

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  • Piyush

    hi, good news, I have also developed application using google API, there are some GIS features are not working properly like place name, distance tools etc… is these features supported by this worldkit software, in google api you need to write down lots of java script code as per your requirment, so do you have any ready made API of this world kit??

    • http://www.linkedin.com/in/ankitgoyal Ankit Goyal

      Hi Piyush,
      I never used more complicated features with worldkit because for GIS features we used google maps only. Well u can chechkout the advanced features of worldkit at http://worldkit.org/doc/ may be its of some help for you.