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How Lanyrd does Geo

How Lanyrd does Geo

Presented at Geomob London in February 2013 http://lanyrd.com/2013/geomob-february/


Simon Willison

February 07, 2013


  1. None
  2. We use MapBox maps around the site

  3. We suggest events based on the user’s Twitter and LinkedIn

    contacts, and their interests
  4. Each event has a page showing who is speaking and

    attending, the schedule and more
  5. Speakers get detailed profile pages

  6. Users can track topics in specific geographical regions

  7. The site is built around a place hierarchy

  8. So you can see everything in a specific city, or

    everything in England
  9. Or view events for a topic in a place

  10. Our microformats provide rich site snippets on Google

  11. We provide GeoRSS feeds, which can be fed in to

    Google Maps
  12. Our hierarchical place database is built on top of Yahoo!

    Geo Planet
  13. We run off our own copy of the GeoPlanet database,

    which Yahoo! no longer provide...
  14. But it has been mirrored by the Internet Archive

  15. You can explore GeoPlanet using Yahoo!’s YQL API

  16. treebeard is an excellent library for dealing with trees in

    a SQL database
  17. Our search feature is built on top of Solr...

  18. We support search within an area by indexing the full

    place hierarchy for each event
  19. Events have a primary venue, so we can plot them

    as a single point on a map
  20. We encourage people to attach existing venues first to help

    avoid duplicates
  21. None
  22. Lanyrd has a foursquare app, which provides event information when

    you check in to the venue
  23. We have a tool to help match our venues to

    foursquare venues
  24. Foursquare have an API specifically for matching venues

  25. The apps platform is very powerful, and extremely easy to

    integrate with