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Sunday, March 29, 2020
Latest Listen News My First Bing Map App

Well... I've done it.  I have now officially submitted my first Bing Map App to the system... and must now wait and see what happens.  I know, it's a bit out of the blue, but here's how it came about...

Sometimes it's all about the timing.  In this case... it is more about mis-timing and a possible missed opportunity.  Some time ago, Bing Maps opened up the app development to the public and kicked off a King of Bing Maps contest to see who could come up with the best Bing Map App.  I didn't dig into the details at the time... mainly because I figured their would be some kick ass applications utilizing Silverlight and all of that.  So, the deadline for submission came and went and I was checking out the submitted apps... and was relatively disappointed in the quantity and quality of the submissions.  There are a couple of nuggets there, but there were only eight listed.  I was expecting to see twenty or more.  But there were only eight.
Having realized that I completely misjudged the field I started thinking of things that could have been... and I started digging into the forum where I saw that you could easily "build" a map app from a KML feed.  That of course caused a flashback to where I had recently seen an interesting site that was publishing it's feed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.  After double checking some things and confirming permission from the data publishers, I built and submitted my first Bing Map App...
Wiki Explorer Bing Map Icon
App Name:  Wiki Explorer
App Description:  Explore the world and check out the 50 most recent additions to PlaceOpedia ("a simple site where you can connect Wikipedia articles with places").
I ran across PlaceOpedia while searching for a wiki plugin that enabled wiki authors to put a Google map in the wiki (it's a very round-about way that I probably couldn't repeat).  As said, it's an interesting site.  Simple and pretty much single purpose.  It let's anyone put a marker on the map and spatially tie that location to a Wikipedia article.  The goal of the site is summarized as "We hope that lots of people will connect places they know with their corresponding Wikipedia article, and then our syndicated data can be used as a general geographic lookup table for Wikipedia."
I'm looking forward to seeing if the app is accepted and published... and hopefully finding out what type of interaction it may drive with PlaceOpedia.  It also leaves me thinking of the additional possibilities... such as other outlets the data could be published to (maybe Umapper) as well as what other types of data could easily be pushed out through a dynamic KML feed.

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