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Location Meta-data for websites

Postby Rolaveric » Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:49 am

I just had a thought which I figured would be appropriate here.

Android and the SDK's support for GPS and location tracking means we can start creating applications using "Location" as a relevant and precise piece of information. What about on the server/website side of things?
A "friend-finder" and other applications to be used amongst mobile devices is great, but what about finding stationary objects like businesses and government services.

Is there any kind of plans or standard in place so that websites can start storing GPS coordinates as meta-data on their website for search engine spiders to find.
That way instead of simply typing in keywords into google/yahoo/etc., you could choose "Find websites near my location" while your out and about with your mobile.
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Postby plusminus » Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:24 am

Hello Rolaveric,

there already is such a thing called geo-Tags:

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  1. <META NAME="geo.position" CONTENT="latitude; longitude"> 
  2. <META NAME="geo.placename" CONTENT="Place Name"> 
  3. <META NAME="geo.region" CONTENT="Country Subdivision Code"> 
  4.  
  5. <!-- Short version --> 
  6. <META NAME="geo.position" CONTENT="49.2;-123.4"> 
  7. <!-- or Long version --> 
  8. <META NAME="geo.position" CONTENT="49.2;-123.4"> 
  9. <META NAME="geo.placename" CONTENT="London, Ontario"> 
  10. <META NAME="geo.region" CONTENT="CA-ON"> 
  11. <META NAME="geo.country" CONTENT="US">  


I had hit their page by random, so it seems not really wide-spread, but a really interesting idea :!:
More info: http://geotags.com/geo/geotags2.html

Here is another set of tags used to add your location to the GeoURL ICBM Address Server
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  1. <meta name="ICBM" content="XXX.XXXXX, XXX.XXXXX"/> 
  2. <meta name="DC.title" content="THE NAME OF YOUR SITE"/> 


:D Note that ICBM stands for InterContinental Ballisitic Missile :D

Did that answer you question :?:

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Postby Rolaveric » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:53 pm

Indeed that does.
Thanks plusminus.
I knew there had to be something like this already out there, I just wasn't aware of any official standard for it.
Here's hoping the search engines are collecting them so we can start using them for android programs. :D
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Postby plusminus » Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:01 pm

Hello Raloveric,

as far as I know the "normal" search engines do not use these meta-tags, but the pages above should offer such a service or had offered somewhen ago.
Unfortunately I think that these services are somehow "dead" as the pages look pretty old and partially do not respond.

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