A good tutorial on how to route data from a Google Spreadsheet (with no lat/long data) through Yahoo Pipes for geocoding purposes, and then out to Google Maps. One nitpick: I couldn’t get this to work with the RSS feed from Pipes; I used the KML instead.
Maps, spreadsheets, yahoo pipes and post offices – andydickinson.net
To be fair, these aren’t 3 “easy” steps or 3 “relatively uncomplicated” steps (several wizards are involved) BUT the result is awesome, and indeed, requires no coding knowledge.
Create a code-free Google map with tabs in 3 steps – Erica Smith
Check out the redesigned Placeblogger a 2007 Knight News Challenge winner.
The aggregation-by-location niche seems to be blowing up lately, especially as startups try to hitch their maps to the iPhone’s wagon, but Placeblogger feels like real live humans are writing blog posts in real live places. I like that.
via the Knight Foundation Blog.
See also: Build your own local news application using Outside.In’s API
Honestly, this site doesn’t do much right, but I love the way this crime map filters by DWI at the start. It’s a HUGE problem in Albuquerque, so it’s totally logical to point them out right away.
Daily Crime Map – abqjournal.com
How to build your own interactive maps, sans Google, a la everyblock.com.
Take Control of Your Maps – A List Apart
Fun looking maps with lists of points stripped down the side. via Zac.
Want to see a page of local blogs aggregated and mapped by location? Sure you do. And you want it to just work. Outside.in is working on it…
SXSW: Steven Johnson Unveils Outside.in Newsfeed – The Praized Blog
Call the phone number, say where you are, leave a message and it gets mapped here. Love this as a relatively easy way to get community audio online – an audio guestbook, really.
Community Audio Recording Project; Bringing Northampton To Life Online – Northamptonist
Shawn Smith tutors you on adding lat/long data to your RSS feeds.
How to Geotag your stories using FeedBurner – New Media Bytes