Yesterday, I noticed several tweets on my Twitter stream referencing an article from Infoworld titled Tech meccas: The 12 holy sites of IT. After reading the article, it occurred to me this would be an easy proof of concept for GeoMaker, a handy little application created by YDN developer evangelist, Chris Heilmann. GeoMaker makes it a breeze to convert websites and texts into maps and geo microformats, even if, like me, you're not a developer. It's built with Yahoo! Geo Technologies' recently released Placemaker service.
When I plugged the article URL into GeoMaker, I had to edit away many placenames that were extracted from sidebar ads and job listings on the Infoworld website. Instead, I used the print-friendly version of article to copy and paste the full text, minus the noise. You can see the map GeoMaker made for me below.
Now, maybe someone can show me how to pull Creative Commons-licensed photos from Flickr for those specific tech tourist landmarks and embed them as well. Or maybe I'll try to scratch that itch myself at some upcoming Hack Day.
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