July 06, 2005
Google Maps API + Case Wiki = Map of Wiki Entries
Well, I have done just that. Check out CaseWiki:Map for a Google Satellite Map of the Case Quad with many of the buildings marked. Click on the little balloon to see the name of the building. The name itself is a link, so clicking on it will take you to the wiki article for that building. Like all Google maps, clicking and dragging will pan the map.
I also made the map so that double clicking on a point will display the coordinates for that point directly under the map. This makes it easy to find coordinates to geo tag your entries. *NOTE* It is possible to turn on double click editing in the wiki preferences. If you want to find a coordinate, you might want to turn this off!
Currently, I am directly connecting to the database to obtain the coordinates for points in the wiki. This is no fun. By the end of the day I should have a primitive web service on the wiki that returns an XML document containing all of the geo-tagged entries in the wiki. That way, others can start playing around with the data.
You can ping this entry by using http://blog.case.edu/gps10/mt-tb.cgi/1779 .Mapping Blog@Case RSS Feeds on Google Maps on Jeremy Smith's blog.
I was thinking, it would be amazing to use google maps to map the inside of the library (can it do interiors, I thought I read about that somewhere?), and then when one searches for a book it could automatically link to the location in the library.