[wp-hackers] Place, Geotagging

Steven Clift slc at publicus.net
Tue Nov 4 18:27:35 GMT 2008

I am interested in your WordPress developer take on two related ideas:

1. Place - Many of the sites hosted on Drupal are local organizations 
with local content. What do you think of having a standard way WordPress 
(and other open source CMSes/blog/wiki tools) allow sites to assign the 
geographic place name (or perhaps a point) that best represents either 
where their organization is based? How about an automatic map of Drupal 
sites or listings by hierarchical placename?

2. GeoTagging - What do you think of defaulting or at least having the 
ability to assign a point, bounded place, or "global" geo-tag in terms 
of the general scope of individual content items created? An option 
changeable near the post button or perhaps a special tags function that 
works to standardize a place tag with hierarchy - Perhaps a connection 
to http://gaze.mysociety.org would work?

It seems to me that as long as geotagging is an afterthought, the 
ability to aggregate/navigate much of the newer and dynamic content on 
WordPress/WP.com hosted sites by geographic relevancy will be quite 
limited. Imagine the power of just a few CMSes adopting a similar way to 
describe the place of sites (which could be "earth" for those who think 
the Internet is best when viewed as narrowly "global") and even more 
granular meta-data on specific content items as a default rather than an 

Please also reply to: clift at publicus.net

Steven Clift

P.S. I am gathering feedback on this idea as part of an exploration 
commissioned by a major U.S. foundation.

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