Google Maps Extension for GeoRSS

GeoRSS is rapidly establishing itself as a useful lightweight format for exchanging point data. Based on the widely popular RSS format (motto: “not just for spam blogs!”), GeoRSS has found homes in Yahoo!, worldKit, and mapbuilder. Now Mikel Maron (one of our Where Fair superstars from last year) has released MGeoRSS, a Google Maps extension that handles GeoRSS. Says Mikel, “this can be quite useful for quickly building maps, like Node.London, and promotes an interoperable geospatial web based on a common data format.”

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  • phildog

    >RSS format (motto: “not just for spam blogs!”)

    Is this comment for real? Do you really hate Dave Winer so much that you will trivialize RSS – one of the most important internet technologies of the last 10 years or so?

    If so, do Tim, Rael, Mark and Nikolaj agree with your point of view?

    Surely you can recognize that RSS has sold more than a few O’Reilly books over the years.

  • “Is this comment for real?”
    Of course not.


  • mrb

    Hey Phildog…..chill out. It was a joke.

  • Phildog —

    I don’t know why anyone buys this idea that Winer keeps spreading that we hate him or RSS. If you look into the history of the “dispute,” you’ll see that it has consistently been Dave picking a bone with O’Reilly, not the other way around. Back when Dave was accusing me of fostering the split that led to Atom, I wasn’t even aware of what was going on. There was one O’Reilly person (Rael Dornfest) in a working group that included a whole bunch of people from many companies — and I hadn’t even heard about it. Yet somehow I became the mastermind. Why didn’t the trail lead from Sam Ruby of IBM (who was also part of that group) back to Lou Gerstner? He was as likely to be behind it as I was!

    If you want to see someone with a grudge, you have only to look at Dave’s comments on Web 2.0 quoted in a recent article in the SF Chronicle.

  • Carl Reed

    All –

    So that the discussion on georss does not go off track, please note that georss is agnostic to the feed technology being used. Georss is designed to work with both RSS (including an RDF encoding) and ATOM. Further, the group plans on providing an example of using georss with RSS 2.

    As one of the folks who was in on the initial discussion for defining georss, I am extremely pleased by the collaborative efforts of everyone involved in defining and documenting the current version of georss. The collaboration included participation from individuals in the OGC community, the W3C community, the RSS community, the map hacker community, and other interested parties.

    Thanks forl listening

  • For the most part, basic Google Maps are fairly trivial. It’s when you’re handling 2 million data points is when it gets a bit tricky.

  • While they are focusing on how developers can overlay information on maps, the companies are taking different technical approaches.
    Google is targeting developers who want to embed its maps into their sites using JavaScript, while Yahoo is focused on tapping RSS for the creation of custom maps that continue to reside on the Yahoo Maps site.
    Competition among online map services has become increasingly intense this year after Google entered the space and as attention has turned to more closely tying maps with local search.