Archive for July, 2005

GoBayView in various mapping flavors

GoBayView in various mapping flavors

GoBayView worldKit
GoBayView Google Maps
GoBayView Yahoo Maps

The GoBayView neighborhood site from Milwaukee is in my mind archetypal of what community mapping, publishing, and communicating can look like. They have a great geolocated database of local resources, businesses, etc. For a while they published that as an RSS feed and mapped it with worldKit (a pretty oldish version). With the releases of Google and Yahoo Maps API, they’ve easily published new versions by slightly tweaking their XML output. And that’s totally understandable, cause no matter how easy or feature rich worldKit is, it’s about data and about that street data. Having these three versions side by side for comparison is interesting. Despite the slickness and styling, having to click on annotations in Google Maps is annoying me, and I just don’t like those inverted tear drops. For sure, it’s possible to publish in lime green in any mapping platform.

The lesson: mapping is pretty much solved. There are still plenty of pieces and places to fill in the tool set, but the territory is pretty well settled. The new frontier is in enabling creation of complex data .. how can every neighborhood have a Go Bay View. Oh, sorry for the Manifest Destiny phrasing, I should know better from my current vantage point in Eastern Europe.

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we’re ok

we’re ok

actually in Slovakia. terrible day in London. keeping close track of events on bbc world service.

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Google Maps RSS Example – Earthquakes

Google Maps RSS Example – Earthquakes

Exercising the Google Maps API. Geocoded RSS is Google Maps will be a good thing. Made a first pass at an RSS parser and display in GMaps, using the USGS earthquake alerts feed. View source for details.

While this works, performance is not so great with even a medium number of annotations. I used the > 5.0 richter scale feed, because the > 2.5 feed was very slow to load, and navigate.

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