[Geowanking] Announcing Wiki Widgets
andy at hexten.net
Sun Apr 15 06:36:16 PDT 2007
On 14 Apr 2007, at 18:54, Anselm Hook wrote:
> Hm it's cool.
> Do recommend using OpenLayers because then you can let people draw
> lines also.
Oh sure. It's more or less an accident that Google Maps was the first
thing I supported. I just needed a map in a hurry. Right now I'm
concentrating on writing widgets that are as different from each
other as possible to stretch the support code so that it supports all
the kind of things Widget writers will need. For example I've just
added a GraphViz widget:
Once the API settles down a bit I'll start to backfill the obvious
should-exist widgets including an OpenLayers one.
> Also strongly recommend connecting to an aggregator ( as Andrew
> recommends ).
Indeed. Noted, thanks.
> So My Maps doesn't really grow the ecology (at least in it's
> current incarnation). To wander afield for a second: It is a risk
> for google to offer "leaf" services under their own google umbrella
> because without that arms-length relationship to actual data
> content; one of the original real strengths of google; "discovery"
> and "community innovation" becomes diluted; google just becomes
> another silo; as imaginative as it can be internally but not
> leveraging a broader community of imaginative applications of data.
Hmm. I hadn't thought of it in those terms - but you're right of course.
My starting point was that merely embedding something on a Wiki page
isn't very wikish - you should be able to edit it too. I'm not
particularly happy with the Google Calendar Widget for example:
embedding a calendar that nobody can edit is a but rubbish really.
> The real value of what you are doing is that it could publish maps
> to an aggregator.
> Later on the community can write software agents to do new kinds of
> work based on aggregating that content ( new kinds of work like say
> finding the most popular dining hotspots or various kinds of social
> signalling projects like say craigslist clones or whatnot ).
I'm currently thinking about how aggregation might work within a
wiki. For example it'd be nice to be able to tag pages with (for
and then be able to present a map or calendar respectively for the
whole wiki that aggregates all the tagged pages.
I assume that if I get that right I'll have some ideas about extra-
wiki aggregation at the same time.
Andy Armstrong, hexten.net
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