ASAP | Influences | Map Of The Current RSS
ASAP (Another Spatial Annotation Project) is a GPS-enabled experience mapping application I developed for the PocketPC in order to learn how to write GPS-enabled mapping applications for the PocketPC.

It allows you to visualize your location on a map, use a GPS unit (I use a Bluetooth-based GPS device) to mark your coordinates (or just navigate the map to find your location - especially useful in cavernous cities like Manhattan wherein GPS for pedestrians works dubiously, if at all), annotate that location by naming it and giving it a description, optionally adding an icon or snapping a digital picture with the attached camera.

It produces an RSS feed suitable for your typical RSS reader. It also will publish the annotations directly to your MovableType or TypePad blog using the Atom API, if your PDA has a network connection by, for instance, a Compact Flash 802.11 card.

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My motivation for developing this is three-fold:
First, I had on my list of things to accomplish for the year, learning to develop on the PocketPC platform.
Second, even after several preceeding spatial annotation projects - PDPal Eyebeam, PDPal MSG, PDPal Times Square and the upcoming PDPal Database Imaginary - I still feel challenged when it comes to understanding why it is at all interesting to author one's experiences spatially. I mean, I'm obviously drawn to the idiom, and I've learned alot about the semantics of the process from people like Calvino, Woods, Soja, Harvey, Haraway, and others, but there still feels like there's more work to be done on my part to understand with some precision and lucidness why it seems "right" to cobble together visual maps, a GPS rig, photography, the web and so forth.
Third the geo-referenced photography, spatial annotation, GPS and mapping features are all things that, separately, I have been interested in investigating, both in terms of the technology, and in terms of the various kinds of authoring practices each of these suggests.

See a simple map of some inputs.