Friday, August 24, 2007
Pass the Mash
But yesterday I was talking to a friend who is part of an organization which brings people from all over the county to Bellingham for meetings on a regular basis. A number of the travelers are interested in carpooling but the logistics haven't been solved.
"If only there was an easy way to put all the member's addresses on a map," said my friend.
"Hold it," I said. "You need a mashup."
"It's when you combine data from two different computer applications. Pulling addresses from, say, an Excel database and slapping them into a Google map has to be one of the classics. I don't know how to do it, but somebody does."
I admit I felt a bit like the Pointy-Haired Boss in Dilbert who once said, approximately "I begin by assuming that anything I don't know understand is easy to do."
But this morning I did a little digging on the web and promptly came up with Batchgeocode which holds your hand right through the process. You can create a map as quickly as you can type in the addresses or paste them from Excel. I'm sure there are other services that can do it as well, but I'm happy with one.