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August 22, 2007

Further progress on outdoor recreation spots in Google maps

Filed under: Government, Geotagging, Missouri Mapping Project — kirk @ 8:32 pm

At this point, the work on recmap.org now includes the following:

  1. Information on how to mark up your areas in the recmap xml
  2. A javascript you can deploy on your own site that will read your xml file and produce a Google map with tabbed windows.
  3. Information on how to validate your xml file

I’m rather pleased with the javascript since it automatically resolves your correct domain (used when the javascript attempts to get your xml file) and it also successfully deals with IE and all other normal browsers when it comes to working with multiple namespaces in an xml document.

The next steps will be to complete the aggregator on the site. When this is complete, the site will able to periodically query the recmap xml files on community sites and pull their recreational opportunities into one central database.

While this project is geared toward Missouri outdoor recreational opportunities, the tools being developed can be used anywhere.

As always, I’m looking for any input or feedback. What do you think will make this project work better?

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August 13, 2007

Missouri IT recruitment looking at Second Life

Filed under: Government, Second Life — kirk @ 10:17 pm

Some of the folks involved in Missouri IT recruitment are exploring whether Second Life might be able to reach prospective employees.view of Missouri IT area in Second Life

I’ve been working with them to design some information kiosks and such. (well, actually, I guess it’s been my Second Life alter ego, Marcus Variscan).
Second Life is a virtual world that has a simple but very cool and flexible scripting language built into it. You can build and code some pretty complex 3d effects with relative ease.

You have to have the client (which is free) and an account (also free) to get into Second Life. Here is a link to where the Missouri IT job fair is being built.

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August 9, 2007

recmap.org a site for recreational mapping in Missouri

Filed under: Government, Geotagging — kirk @ 7:20 am

The work I’ve been doing with other folks on syndication of recreational services and facilities now can be found at recmap.org. This is a follow up on the Missouri mapping project I’ve talked about here (although the work can easily be used elsewhere).
The most recent post contains javascript that can pull in an xml file marked up as recmap and display the points along with tabular information.

The goal of this approach is two-fold:

  1. Small towns or parks and recreation departments can easily post a Google map of their facilities.
  2. Aggregator sites like the Missouri River Water Trails site can periodically poll these sites (subject to approval of the source) and update information relevant to the site.

Of course, we’re always looking for feedback on how to make this system work better. So stop by recmap.org or drop a note here to help or to let me know if you’re using some of the code created here in your own state.

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August 8, 2007

Missouri Conservation Dept. begins blog

Filed under: Government, blogging — kirk @ 6:59 am

My employer, the Missouri Dept. of Conservation, has dipped its foot in the water with a blog, Fresh Afield. Lorna Domke, the divisional chief for outreach and education, will be the initial writer and editor of the blog.

The primary thrust of the blog will be connect people of Missouri with the mission of the Department as well as raise awareness of the various resources we have when it comes to the great outdoors of Missouri.

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