[Evangelism] Google Earth simulation of "flying" to all World Plone Day locations

Nate Aune natea at jazkarta.com
Sun Nov 9 16:59:18 UTC 2008

Nate Aune - natea at jazkarta.com

On Nov 7, 2008, at 4:11 PM, "Mark A Corum" <markcorum at gmail.com> wrote:

> Nate:
> Any chance you have the information about the Plone Day events in a  
> spreadsheet?

No, but maybe Roberto or Donna has it. Karl set up a spreadsheet so  
hopefully we can collect this info there, or input it from the  
original list.


> Mark
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> On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 9:34 AM, Nate Aune <natea at jazkarta.com> wrote:
>> I thought it would be cool to show a Google Map of all the World  
>> Plone
>> Day locations around the world, so I started manually typing them in
>> and adding them to this map: http://tinyurl.com/world-plone-day-map
>> This proved to be quite tedious so I've opened up the map for
>> collaboration, so that *anyone* can add locations to it. If you are
>> hosting a WPD event, please add your location so your city will be
>> included on the map.
>> Then I thought it would be even cooler if we could "fly" around to  
>> the
>> various World Plone Day locations using Google Earth. Noticing that
>> this page provides an RSS feed of all the WPD locations
>> (http://plone.org/events/wpd/2008/wpd), I googled for "rss to kml"  
>> and
>> sure enough, there was a utility to convert the RSS feed to a KML  
>> file
>> which can be opened by Google Earth.
>> Open this file in Google Earth:
>> http://idisk.mac.com/nateaune-Public/world-plone-day-locations.kml
>> If you want to do this yourself, here are the instructions:
>> 1) Go to this page:
>> http://www.geonames.org/rss-to-georss-converter.html
>> 2) Scroll down to the bottom of this page, and paste in the URL:
>> http://plone.org/events/wpd/2008/wpd/RSS
>> to the "Rss to KML (GoogleEarth) Converter" form. The resulting file
>> can be renamed to have a .kml extension, so that you can double-click
>> it to open up in Google Earth.
>> 3) In the Places pane, navigate to Temporary Places ->
>> world-plone-day-locations.kml -> World Plone Day
>> 4) Click on the folder
>> 5) Click on the play button to start flying around the world!
>> For some reason, the KML file contains only the first several
>> locations (up to Córdoba, Argentina). I'm wondering if it's not
>> unicode-friendly, and choking on the ó character in Córdoba.
>> Anyways, it's pretty interesting to fly around to these places, and
>> makes a great intro as people are arriving at your WPD location, or
>> during a break.
>> Have fun!
>> Nate
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