From: Larson, Timothy E. <TEL<arson@we...> - 2007-03-23 18:17:06
I have a hard time imagining what this would actually look like in use,
but I am excited about the possibilities, as I mentioned the last time
you posted about this. Nice to know you are still making progress. The
lack of something like this in Slash is the main reason I haven't gotten
off my lazy butt to set up my Slash site yet. Without the ability to
pin the story to a location, I think my site concept would be difficult
West Corporation, Interactive TeleServices
Thanks for the encouragement. I forgot one not-so minor point: the
SlashMaps plugin uses the Google Maps API at the moment. But do not
fear, this will change :-) The code will soon be using OpenLayers.org
(an opensource API supported by the open geospatial foundation
(osgeo.org)) instead of the Google Maps API.
With OpenLayers.org, anyone can still load (legally, of course) the
great Google Maps tiles. One can even switch to other popular tile
sources with changing only one variable. I believe this is important
since no one wants to be locked-in by any proprietary code.
Have a nice weekend :-)
Alexandre Leroux wrote:
> Hi list,
> Here's an update to the what's going on with the SlashMaps plugins we
> introduced to the list a few months ago. The trigger of this email is
> Google's announcement of GeoRSS support for Google Maps and their using
> of slashcode's SlashMaps plugin to demonstrate their new features (1).
> What does the plugin mainly do (at this moment):
> - Allows transforming slash's RSS feed into GeoRSS (2)
> - Allows showing maps for individual stories (3)
> The plugin's development page can be found here (4). It's still in
> active development. Shane deserves all the credit for the coding.
> Does this plugin matter? GeoRSS, the future of RSS from my point of
> view, is officially supported by Google and Yahoo! (I think MS also do,
> I just haven't tried to find the information ;-) (too bad Slashdot never
> had a story about GeoRSS (5)) If you want a basic informational story, I
> wrote one in my /.'s journal (6).
> The references are:
> (2) http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://slashgeo.org/index.rss
> (3) http://appdomains.slashgeo.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/22/149239
> (4) http://www.lottadot.com/projman.pl?op=view&id=18
> (5) http://slashdot.org/search.pl?query=georss
> (6) http://slashdot.org/~Lord+Satri/journal/167293
> Have fun,
> Alex :-)
Alexandre Leroux, M.Sc., Ing.
Environnement Canada / Environment Canada
Centre météorologique canadien / Canadian Meteorological Centre
Division de la réponse aux urgences environnementales /
Environmental Emergency Response Division