[wp-hackers] Place, Geotagging

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at gmail.com
Tue Nov 4 21:05:20 GMT 2008

Nice idea! 

Now let me suggest you also email the mailing list uri at w3.org and ask the
same question to come up with the best standard way of expressing geo
location that can then be applied to WordPress.

-Mike Schinkel 

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[mailto:wp-hackers-bounces at lists.automattic.com] On Behalf Of Steven Clift
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Subject: [wp-hackers] Place, Geotagging

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 add-on.

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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