Travelogging

While traveling for a couple of weeks around China I have been posting notes, and a "Travel Stream" over at my travel blog. It's primarily for my own travel journal of where I've been and thoughts along the way. It includes "meanwhiles", which are the flickr/twitter/etc. posts inserted in between the actual blog posts. That way even if I'm just putting up quick notes (tumblog style) or photos, they still show up in the blog stream.

Using GeoPress, I can add locations through the web interface, but I've also added in-body location tagging, such as including GEOPRESS_LOCATION or geo:lat= and geo:lon= to set the location. This makes it easy for me to use an offline editor like Ecto, or even Wordpress' email a post capability to easily post to my blog without necessarily having to login and use the web interface. I was hoping to have an N810, complete with built-in GPS, to take along, but unfortunately the developer discount codes aren't working yet, so I was stuck with my N800 and an old iBook.

It's getting easier to create a travelog enroute by utilizing a number of tools and then aggregate these together. Another great example is the BBC's Bangladesh River Boat trip that uploaded GPS tracks, photos, twitters. For some reason, the potentially very useful Plazes doesn't really fit into my workflow and I don't find it very easy to update my locations quickly. Perhaps I need to investigate the API and make a simple offline widget for building up a set of travelled locations that can sync when I get back online.

More thoughts on China and travel soon.

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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.