These are my notes from the NECC 2008 presentation “Where in the World is… GeoRSS for the Classroom” on July 2, 2008 by Shannon White, University of South Florida with Luis Perez.

A website for workshop resources is available:
– a PDF of session slides is also available

RSS feeds defined
– most people use a program to create RSS feed text files now

you need an aggregator of some kind to subscribe to RSS feeds

GeoRSS standards
– simple
– the basic one we will focus on
2- GML (geography markup language

more info on

You can display information as a point, line, polygon, boundary box with GeoRSS

GEoRSS Support
– Google Maps (Read)
ACME GeoRSS Reader (Read)
– Flickr (Images)
Windows Live Maps (Creator)
– Platial (Creator)
– Mapufacture (Aggregator)
– Twitter application has the GeoRSS in it

– Take the following RSS feed and paste it into Google Maps

One of the things we do at the Florida
– we have 90 GB of clipart, photographs, lots of things

USGS Earthquake website is showing current earthquake activity by coordinates

TripTracker is:

…a social travel mapping service designed to help you organize and store memories of your travels and create eye-catching presentations of your trips. TripTracker helps travelers share the tales of where they have been, what they have seen and what they have experienced, either with friends and family, or with the entire traveling world.

You can use this site to follow Alaskan dogsled teams
– follow scientists in the Amazon or other places, they build this into their grants


There is really not anything written out there on GeoRSS for the classroom right now, so putting this presentation together was tough
– it is so early on, there is so much potential here…

To geo-tag photos in Flickr, from your account on the top tab click YOU and them MAPS. Find a location and then drag and drop your photos onto the desired location.

GeoTag your Flickr pics

Example of a Flickr Map to Explore: San Antonio downtown area on Yahoo Maps / Flickr

Google docs has a new new gadget that will map addresses directly – Who and What’s Nearby
Make maps of unique places on, a socially networked mapping platform which makes it easy to find, create, share, and publish maps and places.

Panoramio – Photos of the World
Photo-sharing community. Discover the world through satellite photos

Lots of possibilities are here, esp for getting students out of the classroom

Florida Center for Instructional Technology (where Shannon White and Luis Perez work)

Flash Earth
Explore satellite and aerial imagery of the Earth from multiple sources inside a single, zoomable Flash-based interface.

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One Response to Where in the World is… GeoRSS for the Classroom

  1. There are some good tutorials out there for using GeoData feeds in GeoRSS and KML for education, awareness and community.

    Francine Stock of the Tulane School of Architecture has been doing a lot of work on using tools such as Flickr, MapBuilder, EditGrid and others to create mashups:

    I’ll also recommend my O’Reilly shortcut “Introduction to Neogeography” that talks about projects such as GeoGenealogy and Trip Mapping that would be useful for education.

    Other useful tools that are coming up include Concharto that maps historic events, and also more news agencies are adding GeoRSS to their feeds so students could map and visualize news by locations.

    Thanks for the links to Mapufacture. You should also look at GeoPress for easily adding GeoRSS to a WordPress or MovableType blog.

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