The hidden goodness of the new Flickr geo

As most people who read this blog are probably aware, Flickr added mapping directly. What they didn't advertise or get talked about is the formatting they're supporting.

Hidden underneath the "taken..." line is a bit of Microformat geo:

Additionally, in the RSS output, you can get GeoRSS tags. You need to add the following to your URL: &georss=1.

It's a great example, and source, of how easy it is to add some simple markup to your HTML and RSS to add geographic annotation.

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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.