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

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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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  1. Deborah J. Boyd says:

    June 16th, 2008 at 11:22 am (#)

    Dear Andrew,

    First let me tell you that I think you are terrific. We both know that few people really understand what you are doing but I know it will help my mission to establish Peace on Earth by 2027. Part of what I am doing involves universal education.
    I googled OLPC and Arlington and one of the choices landed me here. You will find, if you decide to work with me, that I have a very open mind. If you can tell me your idea I can probably break it down to the LCD and tell you where to start.
    The remainder of people who need to be educated at least to read, write, and do basic math fall into 3 groups. Poor, remote, disabled and/or otherwise challenged making them a poor candidate for traditional classrooms.
    I need to set up a Beta program, I would like it to be run through Arlington Public School, to be able to film actual children and their progress with the online educational process. Adding the mapping element you are working on will give the children of the world a better feel of where their new age pen pals live at.