Common-Nature

July 20, 2007

GeoRSS, Googlemaps and outdoor recreation

Filed under: Government, Collaboration, Geotagging, Missouri Mapping Project — kirk @ 9:04 pm

Haven’t posted for awhile because I’ve been busy with a new project.

In short, I’m working with some folks to create a way that cities, non-government organizations, as well as state and federal agencies can easily syndicate information about their outdoor recreational facilities and services with each other in Missouri.

This project has two components: One is a method by which xml can be used to syndicate information between all the partners listed above. The other is the use of google maps as a low-cost solution to present that information.

The project came about in response to a common problem I’ve seen in many collaborative Web projects. Many collaborative Web projects, in my opinion, fail because of how they collect information. Usually, a collaborative site will contact many organizations and manually collect information to put in a master database. By the time that information is collected, however, some of the information is already outdated.

After the collaborative Web site is launched, how to you update the information? The traditional approaches are to either no update it, engage in a major manual update project every few years or ask agencies to come to one central Web site and help update the collaborative Web site. None of these approaches works well.

Why not create an environment where all partners in a collaborative site simply made sure that data on their own respective sites was up to date? And what if the collaborative site was able to just go to each partner site and grab the up to date information? This would allow partners to focus on keeping their own site up to date and it would automatically update the collaborative site.

That’s the idea behind what I’m currently calling the Missouri Mapping project.

I’ll be posting more information about over the next few months, but I’d like to make two points up front:

  1. This project could work for any state or country. In fact, the more states that adopt this project, the more would help this project
  2. I’m quite eager to get and use any input you have on this project, how it could be improved, and any other type of suggestion or resource you might have to help this better a better project.

My overall goal is to provide a mechanism that enables government to easily collaborate with non-government organizations or individual citizens — specifically when it comes to getting people outdoors to enjoy (and ultimately protect) our wildlife habitat.

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2 Comments »

  1. Hi Kirk,

    This is a great initiative and an important one. Good collaboration has always been difficult for government agencies and services. Have you looked much at recreation.gov or gotten in touch with recreation.gov’s web team? The mission of that site appears to be similar, but on a federal level. Could state and federal services be integrated? I suspect that either the recreation.gov or the usa.gov web team would be interested in talking with you. Keep us posted on your progress on this project!

    – Coby

    Comment by Coby Logen — July 25, 2007 @ 7:12 pm

  2. Thanks and good point about recreation.gov. They do have a xml schema (called recml) that they propose agencies use to coordinate outdoor recreational activities. In fact, I initially looked at using the data in it. However, many of the entries do not have lat and lon. Also, the schema seems a little too complex for small municipalities to easily use.

    That being said, however, I do believe you are correct in that I should be keeping an option open for how this project can dovetail with the recreation.gov project.

    Comment by kirk — July 28, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

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