If you are wondering how my web project is going, I’m glad to say that I’ve started work on it again. I would love to share it with you but wish to refrain for the time being, simply because there is so much to do on it. It’s layout keeps changing etc. It’s goal remains the same though and I shall talk about that a little bit more….
I’ve been tracking the location of my photographs using a gps device mounted to my camera for a little while and the site can handle this data. Images are submitted via email to the site, plotted on a map, so that the visitor can browse the map to click and open up the photos they wish to view.
The map defaults to your current location, so that you can see what is nearby. A useful tool for browsing photos of the world in which we live and to help plan travel outings.
The site is being designed to work on as many devices possible and uses HTML5, jquery, geolocation and the latest CSS3. So it should look good on anything from a smartphone to a laptop or an iPad. Reasoning obviously that the site will ultimately become a travel tool as much as it will aim to be a perpetually evolving global gallery.
Photos will be for sale as prints and I will be looking for other contributors when the time comes. I already have people in mind for the project.
As I say other ideas are swirling in my head on this and for now I will shut up, other than to say that a small demo of some kind will become publicly available this side of Christmas!
A number of things today have got me thinking about how I use the individual nuts and bolts of Google in order to benefit the work that I do which is a continual voyage of discovery in it’s own right. I felt that I should write something about this, as if I can learn something from all of this, so can you and your ideas can then be fed back into this giant monster of information technology called Google. That is to make their tools work for you and to make your life easier, not a convoluted mess of too much information and little substance.
The other day I was inspired by Adewale Oshineye and his buzz post http://www.google.com/buzz/adewale/NbCaef4RDST/Just-one-more-change-and-then-other-people-can discussing a tool that he has been nurturing called “buzzchatbot” which allows you to track search terms on buzz and also post to buzz via your Google chat client. So I threw a number of terms at it and it’s so far returned well over a thousand finds in just 24 hours. I have been reading about someone’s trip around Italy and some great coding techniques to boost your web maps.
This is all fantastic because it has put me in contact with other “buzzers” out there whom I never would have come across otherwise. Let’s face it that Buzz’s own “find people” tools aren’t very good and the best way to discover people is through common interests. I’ve also been adding my “finds” to google reader which I am using more and more as a tool for keeping track of my research and not just as a feed reader. These are then shared back into buzz for further comment. More power and more discussion!
To quote an example:
Today I came across an article on stylising google maps (http://www.google.com/buzz/david.carrington/AZsfWa1MPiP/How-to-Styled-Maps-Using-Google-Maps-API-Version-3) using the Buzz Chatbot which is of interest to me. I followed the link to the blog article that it references and then shared this on Google Reader along with a comment and within seconds a Buzz article is created (http://www.google.com/buzz/nickeblewis/FGMueBtV2fZ/I-love-the-way-that-maps-can-be-enhanced-to). This has led onto a discussion with Thomas Morffew about an example of where they used these techniques on an actual website. All of which you can read about in the aforementioned link.
This is fantastic because when the day comes for developing a Google map solution, I have a whole load of resources to call upon at my fingertips rather than just Google search. In addition to that I have contacts, real people I can approach if I need advice of any kind. I feel that the web (especially Google) is heading in a new direction where at some point in time we’ll all realise the combined value of these technologies and that simple searches are old hat!