Thursday, February 07, 2008

Geocode it

Geocoding is a tagging/metadata technique that will let you select and display content sorted by location -- allowing, in effect, an unlimited digital zoning strategy sliced any way you want it. As this post at Journalistopia argues, we need to be active in this already.

Google is starting to do it. EveryBlock is already doing it really well. Topix sorta does it. A few others are doing it too. Groups of engineers have already written scrapes that scan the text of news stories. They’ve written algorithms that detect and process addresses for geocoding. Let’s not re-hash the whole newspapers-are-always-falling-behind speech; just get moving already.
I wonder if the AP's planned metadata project will help?

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