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« on: April 04, 2011, 01:06 PM »

www.kitemap.org A new kite fliers' community-based resource

Kite flying needs little in the way of resources to be a satisfying hobby for young and old alike.  However, a good site to fly helps a lot.  www.kitemap.org  is a resource created by the kiting community for the community; a database of good kite flying locations created by the community and equally importantly, maintained by the community.

Why?

As a regular flyer at a location, a lot of information is taken for granted.  But if you are planning on visiting a new area, or have moved recently, how do you find where to take your kites on a free afternoon?  This website is designed to help that decision; as more locations are added to the database you will be able to get good directions to a site you've never visited or unique help in planning a road-trip!

Surely there are other sites that do this?

Well, yes, there are other sites on the Internet.  We've visited a few, but the coverage has been quite sparse (often with limited geographic coverage based around the site owner) and there can be a question over how up-to-date the information might be.  www.kitemap.org is a resource to allow the community to share information on their favorite safe and publicly accessible flying sites for the benefit of others.  The website draws on the great mapping of Google Maps so you can see quite quickly if there are suitable locations listed within your area of interest, or you can jump straight in and search for the sites listed near a named place or town.

But there are so few sites listed now

Yes, you're right.  But we said it's a community initiative.  That's where we need your help.  Whilst we would dearly love to travel the world testing out kite flying locations, there are of course practical constraints!  And the best information is known to those on the ground.  So please help make this a site that showcases the locations you meet to fly.  We ask for your contact details so, in the future, we can check periodically to confirm whether any changes are necessary.

How can I help?

Please consider adding your local site to the database.  It's easy.  Once you've typed the address (a town name will do) you can drag the pointer to mark the location very accurately, thanks to Google Map's zoom features.  We want to capture some fairly standard information too.  If you find any factual inaccuracies, please use the 'contact' form to report back to the site administrator.

All locations should be publicly accessible and suited to flying a range of kites.

Do I need to register for an account of any kind?

No, submissions are made easily through a single form using a drag-and-drop marker and simple fields that help describe the features and facilities of the flying field you're submitting.wards dual line fliers or multi-line kites, but is inclusive.  So when, as we hope, you add your favorite sites, we ask that details entered reflect the broad community that we are.

But the site is just in English

As a community resource, our priority has been to get it up and running to accept information.  If you can help provide a translation of the pages for another language, we would really welcome your support.  Just drop us an email or comment via the website!

Further information:

Contact via web form at www.kitemap.org or email the administrators: admin *AT* kitemap *DOT* org
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2011, 03:46 PM »

Is there a way to submit corrections.  Out of curiousity I checked sites for MA and the entry for Magnolia Woods is off a bit.  It is listed as 401 Western Avenue, Gloucester, MA and it should be 550 Western Avenue, Gloucester, MA.  Only off by a little bit, but could be annoying if you are not local to the area.

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P.S.  Nice resource and good job on it.  My query was in no way meant to diminish the work you have done on it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2011, 07:12 PM »

No worries, feedback is crucial. Wink

http://www.kitemap.org/contact/contact-site-correction

I did take your lead by adding supporting text and a link to the top of the search page.

Also, credit where credit is due...

The mapping engine of the site was sculpted by Andy Scott (andelscott) in the UK, I just skinned it. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2011, 07:38 PM »

Wonderful idea!!!

I've already added 4 of my favorite fields.  Now to take the time to add another 3-4 I know of.
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2011, 07:51 PM »

It's been overlooked by a few folk, that the marker (on the submit form map) is can be dragged to the exact location of the field after you've entered the nearest address... I'll go through and beef up some of the form labels with a little instructional info very soon.
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2011, 09:50 PM »

I couldn't find the marker it said I could drag, I had Rhonda look too, no marker. The address shows up the regular Google maps a 1/4 mile past the park.

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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2011, 09:52 PM »

Not sure why it didn't show up for you, we beta tested with 10 people on all different browsers, including iPad.

I just approved the site... If the marker isn't in the right spot, send a screen cap through the site correction form and I'll move it.

Thanks Mike. Wink
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2011, 11:23 PM »

I was probably zoomed in too far and it was off my screen, sent a correction with screen cap through the site.

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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2011, 11:25 PM »

Pretty confusing. No marker to be found. Have no idea what the final result will look like.

A description of how to add a site would be helpful, maybe with a picture or step by step.

Do you need to put in a street address with number? Because just a city and state doesn't seem to do anything.

How would you enter a site with no street address?

It says "The Map will automatically focus and display a marker if your address is found", well, it couldn't find San Francisco, CA or Shoreline Blvd Mountain View CA.



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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2011, 01:09 AM »

Tutorial is here, both for searching and adding...

http://www.kitemap.org/kite-map-features

We've fixed up a couple of things since I did those videos, but only to improve functionality.

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Contact info...
It's not superfluous, we actually have needed to contact folks sometimes to clarify submission details.

Flying field image...
We don't care to use URL entries as they can age off, no loss if they're stored locally.
Also, it just shows up as a small thumbnail anyway, totally optional for the user.

Font...
I'll take it under advisory, but since  actually shows up in just 2-3 places site-wide, and it says kite(s) or Kite(s) very clearly on almost every page (including those with the offending font), I don't imagine people will become confused. Smiley

Form fields...
Are all the fields wider than the page? Single line, text area, or both?
Happy to adjust, just not seeing the problem on this end and need a little detail.

All feedback welcome, always, thanks!
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2011, 03:49 AM »

I tweaked the field width, does it work better now?
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2011, 04:32 AM »

All the browsers I've tested in show the end of both type of text fields well within the width of the page content... Granted, I'm on a Mac - but as mentioned before, we tested it with no issues on pretty much every platform including Vista.

Anyone else on a similar system to fidelio having the same issues?
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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2011, 01:52 PM »

No issues here. Everything thing works fine with my location.

John, Thank You for all you work.
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