Calendar AggregatorPublié : septembre 12, 2005
I am planning to do some travelling at some point, and being some kind of geek, I would like to attend events in my areas of interest (programming and free software, biking and climbing, mainly). If I knew exactly where and when I was going, it would be somewhat simpler to find
interesting events. Unfortunately, I don’t know when and where, and haven’t yet found a site that would allow me to search for events around the world.
I started using RSS aggregators about a year ago, and I thought it would be great to have the same thing for events. This has been desired at Linux-Quebec, a provincial web site promoting all the Linux user and free software events groups there. We have an RSS aggregator that collects articles from various LUGs, and we have a quite popular WebCalendar that is currently maintained manually.
RSS is becoming so popular that most of the sites now have them, but it is not the same for events. There is some promotion to be done, and a file format needs to be chosen. It could be iCalendar (non-XML), or RSS, or any XML-based format that would allow to publish an event’s
description, date and time, and geographical location. It has to be simple enough for the average site admin to generate. Any ideas?
One great thing that could be done with this is some kind of Google Maps for events. You could search for « linux in new york » and get list of events there. Perhaps using the Maps API?