People Suck at Naming Places (slides with notes)

Here are my slides (with notes) from Ignite Where in San Jose last night.

I must say it was an awesome experience. I give many presentations, but this one, in this format, in front of this crowd, was quite something.

And I got to be quoted by Tim Oreilly on Twitter:

“Places are social containers” Good line from @afrognthevalley at #where20 #ignite last night.

Thanks!

My Ignite Where Talk Proposal: People Suck at Naming Places

Just sent my Ignite Where proposal: “People Suck at Naming Places”. You can still submit yours too.

The world of precise coordinates is easy to interact with using software. The problem is humans don’t use precise coordinates to represent places. They don’t even agree on place names. They also do it in several different dialects. They use abbreviations, approximations and sometimes even metaphors.

To make things worse, human designing software to represent places don’t even try to make systems that can exchange that information using names instead of numbers. Do we need a PNS (place name system) inspired by DNS to resolve place numbers (latitude/longitude) to names? I will try to give an overview of the current existing services/APIs that you can use to find a precise coordinate with a place name. And then demonstrate why we are not there yet.

I might even propose how we could exchange these names between systems. All this in under 5 minutes. With images of ponies, pandas and unicorns, but no cats.

I will keep you posted if I’m selected!