Festival of Maps KML

I'm spending a couple of days in Chicago and wanted to visit a couple of the Festival of Maps exhibits. However, the only interface, as I mentioned before, is their flash map. Well, I wrote a small script to pull the information from their "printer-friendly" pages and generated this very useful Chicago Festival of Maps KML.

It's also available via Mapufacture if you want to embed the map in your blog, get the GeoRSS, or mix in with another map you may have for say, other events and sights in Chicago.

I imported the KML file into my GPS receiver - which is pretty cool, and Mapufacture Mobile lets me use my N95 to find nearby locations. The original KML even has the address and phone number as KML elements, although no KML parser I've run across makes us of that info... yet. The iPhone Maps application loads 'most' of the markers, but doesn't pull out the phoneNumber elements either.

Unfortunately, neither MGMaps (using OpenStreetMap tiles) nor GoogleMaps Mobile let me pull in KML - MGMaps complains and GoogleMaps Mobile just doesn't have that bit of functionality. Perhaps they're both waiting for OGC-KML 'Mobile Profile' :)

Of course, a Dash would be a really good fit for this KML as well.

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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.