This paper will cover the implementation, features, and applications of GeoPress, and
how it serves the larger purpose of allowing users to create their own geodata.
GeoPress is being developed to demonstrate and promote the GeoRSS standard.
A common problem in the online cartography is that currently available tools do not
provide an easy way for people to quickly and easily produce and consume geodata.
Additionally, blogging is an incredibly increasing means for people to generate
content and attach various metadata. This paper discusses the implementation and use
of a tool that enables bloggers to quickly add geodata to their blog posts.
GeoPress is a Wordpress plugin that provides address geocoding, GPX track upload, and
a clickable map interface to allow a Wordpress user to mark locations, tracks, and
areas and add this information to a
blog post. Using such a tool, users can quickly create geodata describing trips,
tours, favorite locales, photos, and stories.
Furthermore, by then generating a standardized GeoRSS feed from their blog, users
then enable other services such as Mapufacture or Yahoo!, to consume, map, and
aggregate this geodata. GeoPress itself is also able to consume GeoRSS feeds, which
can then be added to a users blog, or used to mark blog posts. Enabling tools such as
GeoPress will fill the world with freely available geographic information.