Archive for the ‘Standards’ Category

Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo support GeoRSS

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Seen in Slashdot:

This week, Microsoft announced their new Live Maps, in addition to supporting Firefox on Windows for 3D, now supports the GeoRSS standard. They join Google which recently announced the support of GeoRSS and KML mapping in their Google Maps API. In short, GeoRSS is a standard supported by the Open Geospatial Consortium that incorporates geolocation in an interoperable manner to RSS feeds. The applications are numerous. With Yahoo!’s support of GeoRSS, all the major players are in and the future looks bright for this emerging standard. As for KML, Google Earth’s file format, this new Google Maps integration is not unrelated to the recent announcement of internet-wide KML search capabilities within Google Earth. From the GeoRSS website:

‘As RSS becomes more and more prevalent as a way to publish and share information, it becomes increasingly important that location is described in an interoperable manner so that applications can request, aggregate, share and map geographically tagged feeds. To avoid the fragmentation of language that has occurred in RSS and other Web information encoding efforts, we have created this site to promote a relatively small number of encodings that meet the needs of a wide range of communities.’

Classics in the Million Book Library

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

After the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, a group met at the University of Chicago as a part of a Mellon-funded project, centered at Tufts University, to explore the question, “What do you do with a million books?”

Today this working group issued a statement, now available in pdf and doc formats.

This position paper is intended as a starting point for an open public discussion that attracts multiple voices and perspectives. It will be particularly helpful if such discussion takes place on the Digital Classicist list, to which anyone interested my subscribe.

A call for scholarly papers on this topic due December 15 is available here. A final workshop will take place at Tufts University, May 22-24, 2007.