Who should I support?

There are many reasons why a person supports a
football (read soccer for our US friends)club. Often these reasons come from the heart, based upon where a person was born or who had the nicest kit or Manchester United. I support Crystal Palace so I’m a sucker for punishment, but in an amazing turn of events they managed to get promotion this year. In honour of the single season they are probably going to have in the top flight of English football I decided to remove all of the emotion out of supporting a team and decided to write a demo which just used pure distance to determine who to support.

There are many people around the globe who watch English football and many of them wonder who they should support often influenced by such factors as whether the team is successful or play attractive football. Whilst these are valid points in determining which team to support one could argue that equally as important would be to support your local team. Now for many of us this might be obvious, but for a person in Tokyo, Miami or Cairo the choice might be less than obvious. Well for no longer, I give you the who should I support site. A site that takes the emotion and chance out of supporting a club.

This week saw the release of the Google Maps Engine API, which adds some key new functionality to the Google Maps Engine platform for querying geospatial data. Maps Engine allows you to upload massive amounts of data into the Google cloud, the API provides some key functions for querying and editing this data for building of applications like that, or integrating into internal systems or mobile applications using the same security and scalability that is available with all of Googles products.

I also wanted to use this demo for looking at how easy it is to integrate Google Maps with Twitter bootstrap which allows developers to easily enable responsive design onto their web development. The answer is, it’s easy once you add a few tweaks from StackOverflow.

Anyway I hope you enjoy the demo and have fun following your new club!


I wrote another article.

It’s been 11 years since I last dipped my toe into the magazine world and the IT and GIS industry has changes beyond recognition in that time. It was before Google had even entered the mapping world, before Facebook, YouTube and Open Street Map. Just thinking about this makes me feel old, anyway enough of my brooding.

Having moved from the Old world to the New world it’s been interesting to see how the geospatial world has evolved and amazingly how my JavaScript skills seem to keep me in employment. Whilst consumers have ‘got’ geospatial, and there are many many applications showing this, businesses still consider geospatial to be a dark art whilst many organisations have an army of geo-literate people checking in and sharing location already, they just need to right tools to unlock those skills.

So the article ‘what I wrote’ deals with the tools and technologies that Google has and is continuing to build that allows organisations to unlock the inherent geospatial literacy that many people already have from their personal use of technology. From familiar data set and cartography, to solutions that work on consumer devices in a simple way, without the need for expensive legacy systems and true cloud based geospatial data stores which use the same sharing and access technologies people are used to in GMail or Google docs. I hope you enjoy it, maybe I’ll write another one in 11 years time.