Maps

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TED video - Eric Sanderson pictures New York before the City

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I'm a huge fan of TED videos - I was watching one while doing the dishes looking out over Nottawasaga Bay and thought I'd post it here. From the TED site:

"Before becoming the center of the Western cultural universe, Manhattan was Mannahatta, 'Island of many hills,' in the language of 17th-century Native Americans. Using computer modeling, painstaking research and a lot of legwork, Wildlife Conservation Society ecologist Eric Sanderson has re-envisioned, block by block, the ecology of Manhattan as it was when Henry Hudson first sailed into the forested harbor in 1609."

3 ways to enjoy Photojunkie's Toronto Panoramic photos

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Rannie Turingan is a prolific and influential blogger and photographer here in Toronto. For one of his latest projects (which won him a Nissan Cube) he set out taking panoramic photos with his iPhone. Here are three ways you can enjoy those photos. Whether you're just visiting Toronto on vacation, or if you live here, they are well worth a look!

We'll run through three choices:

  • Standard web page and online map
  • iPhone and Blackberry specific web page
  • iPhone application (that also runs on an iPod touch)

Google Earth KML file for the photographs on my photoblog

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Summary: A quick tutorial on how I put together a PHP script to serve a Google Earth KML file updated live with all the geo-tagged photos from my photo-blog, stored in MySQL. Rather than having people store the whole, static data file on their local machine, I've created a small, second XML file that uses the <NetworkLink> element to have Google Earth re-load the data file every hour, so that newly geotagged photos are included as well.

If you have Google Earth installed you should just be able to load the KML data file on this page to see a live version of the links.

GEO microformat markup added

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I've added GEO microformat codes to a bunch of the pages here at Wholemap (as well as to my photoblog entries). The various Firefox extensions that I have seem to recognize them, but to be quite honest, I'm not sure really how anyone will use them just yet... are there search engines that recognize them? More information about Microformats in general is available here

Mountain biking in Southern Ontario

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There are lot of great trails in Southern Ontario, and not suprisingly they are used by hikers, mountain bikers, dog walkers, trail runners, ATVs, snow mobiles and cross country skiers, and even on horseback. Usually things go smoothly, but sometimes there are bound to be conflicts.

While the Bruce Trail is primarily a hiking trail, there are sections (or paths near the trail) that permit mountain biking. I've been to two so far:

The map is LIVE!

Take a look at our latest addition, multiple blog-post locations on a single map

As of November 20, 2006, my 'Wholemap' is finally up and running. I've started with a subset of my photoblog pictures, and Rannie's "My Toronto Includes" series as well as the SlapDash videos.

I'm not quite ready to open the system up to other people to add their own pins yet; soon I hope, depending on the bugs that need to be worked out with the map so far.

If you'd like to be part of the 1st wave, send a note to 'beta' at this domain and I'll certainly add you to the list. I

HTML example for part 3 of the Mapstraction tutorial

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<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  // As described in the third tutorial at http://www.wholemap.com/blog/mapstraction-tutorial3
  // and available online at http://www.wholemap.com/map/zMapstraction-demo2-yahoo.html
  <head>

Mapstraction tutorial part 3 - Switching from Google Maps to Yahoo

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One of the main benefits of Mapstraction is the ability to write the code once, and easily use it with different mapping systems (eventually even OpenStreetMap). So in part three of this tutorial we'll try switching from Google Maps over to Yahoo Maps. Will it really be as simple as changing one parameter?

Mapstraction tutorial

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It was time to start moving my old Google Maps pages over to version 2 of the API, and I thought I'd consider using another mapping solution (maybe Yahoo Maps or Microsoft). But then fate intervened and I happened to listen to a podcast from the Where 2.0 conference by Steve Coast. He talked about Open Street Map and more importantly to me, Mapstraction.

From their homepage

    Mapstraction is a library which provides a common API for Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft's javascript mapping APIs to enable switching from one to another as smoothly as possible.

HTML example for part 2 of the Simple Mapstraction tutorial

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<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  // As described in the second tutorial at http://www.wholemap.com/blog/mapstraction-tutorial2
  // and available online at http://www.wholemap.com/map/zMapstraction-demo2.html
  <head>
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/>

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