Current Trackings: Mapstraction Tutorial, KML RFC, and StoryMapping on the OLPC

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.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.