Google map of London with Flickr shape data overlaid

Flickr place info now includes shape data for many places. See


We've correlated most of Dopplr's places with Yahoo WOE IDs using Flickr's reverse geocoder, so we can use this data too. As an experiment, I wrote some clientside code to overlay this shape data onto the maps we use on Dopplr. Help yourself to the code if you want it:

  • Matt Jones 7y

  • George Oates 7y

  • Tom Taylor 7y

    Good work Matt... I had a poke around with the code and plotted out some of the neighbourhoods near where I live in east Hackney.

    East Hackney, according to Flickr by Tom T
  • Aaron Straup Cope PRO 7y

    Someone remind me why we can't favourite comments yet...
  • Chris Heathcote PRO 7y

    mattb++ & tomt++

    Now if someone could automate using WOE neighbors... ;)
  • Tom Taylor 7y

    Yeah, I'm on it :)
  • Tom Taylor 7y

    There you go. It's a bit of a work in progress, but for certain places it works quite well.

    I've discovered quite a lot about the limitations of the WOE database, namely, the neighbour results aren't very good.
  • Aaron Straup Cope PRO 7y

    tomt - Lovely! What are you using to fetch the list of neighbourhoods? Poking around a few known places I'd expect more shapes returned by the method.

    But yes, many shapes will be straight-up weird for the near-term. Our hope is that as the people become aware of the data and visualizations like yours they will start to tidy things up using corrections.
  • Tom Taylor 7y

    I need to write it up and fix some of the bugs, but basically I'm using Yahoo GeoPlanet to find neighbours.

    For London, the shapes seem pretty good, it's the neighbours results which are a bit weird sometimes.
  • Joseph Hurtado 7y

    Very cool potential!
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