GeoRSS Aggregators everywhere

There are many GeoRSS aggregators showing up. It's a balancing game - you need feeds and data to build the tools, but why produce the data if no tools to consume them? But it appears with the large rise in geo-location awareness, and "neography" (for lack of a better term), there is sufficient enthusiasm behind putting geographic meta-data inside of feeds and sites, which is great.

So far I've seen the following aggregators pop-up with GeoRSS support. These are being covered in the GeoRSS blog - so you can get more specific information, as well as useful feeds, from there.

  • Mapufacture - personal maps with bounded locations & feeds
  • PlaceDB - large listing of aggregated feeds, where the user can produce localized feeds. It also geolocates news items by looking for location names, cities, and regions.
  • FoFRedux - general feed aggregator which supports parsing & aggregating GeoRSS feeds

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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.