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Location on the Web

Location: Regency Ballroom #2 Level: Novice
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Location aware websites, applications and devices can provide users with rich social connectivity, useful content, efficient movement around their environment, highly targeted advertising, and more. We will discuss the new W3C Geolocation API, location-aware browsers and other available tools that can add location to websites and applications.

While most devices now have functionality which make location determination possible, understanding these technologies and how they can be deployed into mobile devices and websites can be complicated.

In this session, we will discuss the technical details of the APIs available to help location-enable your websites, and how to deploy them. These tools include the W3C Geolocation API, Mozilla’s Geode, the Loki Plugin, Fire Eagle and Google’s My Location.

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Ryan Sarver


Ryan is currently the Director of Platform at Twitter where he works with developers building myriad of experiences on top of 140 characters. Prior to Twitter, he was the Director of Consumer Products at Skyhook Wireless where he led product initiatives that leveraged the WPS platform in consumer applications and experiences. Ryan was also one of the founding members of the W3C Geolocation API Working Group. He is an avid fan of hockey and wine.

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Shirley Bailes
05/29/2009 1:33am PDT

Hello @Drew – the speaker has been notified and we post files as we get them.

Drew Millen
05/19/2009 8:49am PDT

Can you please post some of the source code you used during the session on the web?

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Ryan Sarver
05/15/2009 4:11am PDT

Mark, thats a great place to start.

I would also recommend reading up on Loki (loki.com) and FireEagle (fireeagle.yahoo.net) so we can answer specific questions you might have.

Once you download Loki you can check out sites like Flickr that show it in action: flickr.com/map

See you at the session!

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Mark J. Levitt
05/15/2009 3:58am PDT

looking forward to this. checking out the Geolocation API Specification for the first time now (www.w3.org/TR/geolocation-API).

Is there any other recommended advanced reading?