Hello list :)<br><br>There was a lot of talk during the two last week about the value of advertisement on the map, as it may provide the map with "additional valuable information". I don't think commercial data can be considered as objective and relevant for our needs (which is my opinion, and I've taken into consideration that not everyone shared it).
<br><br>But I think there are other ways of providing the map with additional valuable informations. I suppose you have all heard about wikipedia. Several pages on wikipedia now provides geographical informations. Now think about it: i am looking at the map, with a high level of zoom, at, let's say, the Eiffel tower, which is on wikipedia
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiffel_Tower">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiffel_Tower</a> , with its coordinates given on the top right hand corner of the page.<br><br>As we indicate churches on our map, it could be indicated as, well, a small icon saying "Historical Monument". Now imagine there a small hint on that icon (a small magnifying glass on the bottom right hand corner of the icon, for example) which tells you, you can actually click on it. And you click on it, and a small popup appears, with the title "Eiffel tower", the default wikipedia picture, and the description of the picture. And if you click on the picture, you go to wikipedia's article.
<br><br>Actually something like that even already exists; it is called <a href="http://www.placeopedia.com/">http://www.placeopedia.com/</a> - but I don't like the implementation. These informations should only appear at a high level of zoom, and use the default icons (like the default church icon) with a small magnifying glass on it...
<br><br>Hard to implement? I think mappam's code would be just perfect... We would just need a basic script, which takes the name of wikipedia's page, and put the 2-3 informations we need(url of the picture, coordinates, and one line description) and puts it into the database.
<br><br>I would even try to implement it if other people like the idea, and if I can reuse some code of mappam... And, yeah, I think it's a great idea, of course, it's mine 8-)<br>So, what do *you* think?<br><br>Yann