A couple weeks ago, Harry at the excellent Geospatial Semantic Web Blog posted on GeoRSS and Geonames for Philanthropy. His suggestion to use Geonames to produce GeoRSS for Kiva was a good one. And a simple one. Chained together with mapufacture, this was a one minute job to produce a map of Kiva loans, an approach generally useful for the Semantic Web. From such an easy demonstration, Kiva is now thinking about how to integrate mapping more directly in their site.
A while back, I did a similar chain for Global Voices, the excellent group blog highlighting interesting global blogging. Global Voices Mapped. If anyone is connected with Global Voices, it would be great to get an intro to them to look at deeper mapping integration.
These two worked extremely well for automatic geocoding, since both sites RSS feeds contain unambiguous, prominant place names. Though ultimately, I think we want GeoRSS generated with some human input, so to precisely set the location and insure correctness, automated geocoding is a great way to jump start the wider adoption of GeoRSS. We’re looking into better integration of geocoding vanilla RSS feeds for mapufacture.