Zopto Address Scheme

ZoomIn, an on-line street maps for New Zealand, has developed a really neat URL scheme for locations, called Zopto.

The idea is that naming a location by Lat/Lon is not really human readable, easily indexable, or understandable. Instead, locations should have a good URL friendly schema for accessing sites, posting to blogs, people easily getting to data on a site, etc.

So, for example, to find information for Michigan I would do:

/us/mi/wayne/northville/-highearthorbit+office

or for the Whitehouse perhaps:

/us/dc/Pennsylvania+Ave/1600/-White+House/-Oval+Office

As brought up in the discussion at Where2.0, there were some concerns regarding splits across municipalities (Lake Superior is in both the US and Canada), and countries like Japan which doesn't use street addresses.

I like the push to human-readable, but semantically useful, data references and metadata.

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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.