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olpcMAP updates December 27, 2010

 While I was working on creating surveys and collecting results, the rest of the team was working hard on other things, like Community Page of the map. Please let us know what you think  by contacting the team via Contact button on that page. This is a very collaborative project, so the ideas shown here are baked by several people, including

OLPC Connections from Shirish Goyal:

Sections on the right provide features such as Search, Connect to Volunteer, Ideas, My Neighborhood, and Profile of the Day. Each point in the map can have a separate profile page to showcase pictures, videos, stories, ideas, and expertise.

Clustering is present for collections of points within a small region, showing the number of total points in the cluster.

Bing Maps Example by Nick Doiron:

This is a starter example of olpcMAP’s open KML data used with a mapping service. A similar Google Kickstart Map is a quick starting point for using olpcMAP API with Google Maps.

You can download a file, and each time you open Google Earth it will update to the latest markers.  At the olpcMAP Sprint, expect to see a continuously updating globe of latest edits up on a big screen somewhere.

Developers can use the KML standard to add our markers to applications in Google Maps, Bing Maps, OpenLayers, CloudMade, or ArcGIS with only a few lines of code.  Just replace /json with /kml in API requests.

Integration suggestion by Adam Holt:

Twitter integration is very cool, let’s make sure olpcMAP.net / deployment connections / Mike Dawson’s unreleased http://box-h-11.tascel.net/realness/ (Realness Alliance) all 3 grow together (as rapidly as each are growing alone!) over the course of this weekend — strengthening all the cross-linkages we can, however we go about it!

Alongside/Later: the http://www-staging.laptop.org/community residing off http://www-staging.laptop.org/map — and David Farning’s “underground” http://ActivityCentral.com growing very strongly on the deployment engineering side with over 5 impressive if part-time staff now 🙂

Other changes by Nick Doiron:
* The points which reveal dozens of deployments in Canada, South Carolina, Australia, and Nepal now have a distinct icon: the red double T.  It only loads points once (so you don’t have 2x points everywhere in a country).

* The deployments in Canada, South Carolina, Nepal, and Australia should soon appear in &map=image , and several of the first mapped deployments such as OLPCorps and Waveplace will follow.  &map=quick will be using a different strategy.  http://olpcmap.net/?map=image®ion=Nepal

 * When Links and Contact were first added, they seemed a little out of place.  Hope you like the new style!  Click the name to return to what was known as the “Main” page.

* “Links” is now more than one link!  This helps users make use of &km-distance=, &region=, and &map=image URLs.

* Contact lets you know when you’ve sent a message, and gives friendlier error messages if it doesn’t know someone’s e-mail.

Also see  Social Toolbar Example and Tagging Example. I already tried Twitter and FB linkage and posted the following to FB: “Nick Doiron rocks!”  after I read his document on creating FAQ and A for different map users! For more info,  see Nick’s post http://mapuganda.blogspot.com/2010/12/olpcmap-open-geo-social-network.html

The olpcMAP Sprint Begins!

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