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Google Maps

Google Maps is a web mapping service application and technology provided by Google, free (for non-commercial use), that powers many map-based services, including the Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder, Google Transit, and maps embedded on third-party websites via the Google Maps API. It offers street maps, a route planner for traveling by foot, car, or public transport and an urban business locator for numerous countries around the world. Google Maps satellite images are not in real time; they are several months or years old. Google Maps uses a close variant of the Mercator projection, so it cannot show areas around the poles.

(from Wikipedia)

Key Features: 
Mapping, visualization of KML files, as well as event based data, creations of maps, overlay of KML files and GIS data
Suitable for: 
mapping both event based data and embed data into the website
Time commitment: 
Not suitable for: 
highly customized maps
Technical expertise needed: 
low, depending on the usage
Cost considerations: 
The system is entirely free