I'm a little behind on some news, so here's a quick run down of interesting things from this week:
- 24ways to impress your friends
- I wrote a very quick introduction tutorial on adding maps to your web site using Mapstraction as part of the 24ways advent calendar.
- KML 2.2 Request for Public Comment
- The OGC recently announced a request for public comment of the first "OGC" version of KML, essentially a stamped 2.2 that is the currently documented Google version. The standard is available at the OGC site. This comment period runs from December 4 until January 3 - conveniently timed over the popularly vacant winter holidays, but that means nice fire-side reading.
- Global Child Stories with the OLPC
- Reading over the large catalog of applications available an in development for the OLPC, I ran across the "Our Stories" application, developed jointly with UNICEF nad Google support, to provide a platform and site for children to annotate their communities and lives. The companion site, OurStories.org is a simple, but intriguing map of the stories from around the world. Makes me really think I need to get an OLPC to work on projects like this to help enable story telling and community building. Oddly the projec is using a unique OurStoriesXML rather than something like Atom which supports all of the desired functionality (title, description, photos, location, audio, author). I've suggested this on the wiki discussion.
I'm setting up a special "travelog" installation of GeoPress that I'll be using while traveling through China and will drop a link here when it's ready.