[OSM-talk] Slippy map initial presentation
Phillip.Barnett at itn.co.uk
Sun Feb 18 13:37:44 GMT 2007
How about these people - http://www.hostip.info/
They say "Hostip.info is a community-based project to geolocate IP
addresses, making the database freely available (see below)" (although I
can't find the (see below) bit at the moment ... Maybe I'm going blind?
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[mailto:talk-bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of Robert (Jamie)
Sent: 18 February 2007 12:56
To: Richard Fairhurst; Talk Openstreetmap
Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] Slippy map initial presentation
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Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> Mike Collinson wrote:
>> Would it be feasible to present instead of just one link to the
>> slippy map a series of links leading an initial continent view :
>> Europe, Australia, Asia, North America South America?
> How good is IP->location mapping these days?
Very good but not free. Or free as in beer, but possibly not allowed for
our purposes (it says something like "This data is for assisting in IP
routing, not to be used to target advertising etc."). We could try and
build our own continental-level DB just on the first 8 bits of IP
addresses. That might be good enough for our purposes. We could have a
link that says "Not in Europe, choose your continent", and then cache
that IP address for next time.
> (or, failing that, browser language setting) to determine people's
> preferred continent, rather than adding another layer of links?
Browser language might work in some cases, but I'm not sure it's always
set correctly. It is likely to not be set fully, for example it might
say en_US for someone in the UK, which would be enough to point them at
the wrong continent. Might be better than nothing, though.
Robert (Jamie) Munro
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