Could you please make a Beer category? There are about dozen or so scattered among restaurants, nightlife, other categories.
They were rather scattered about
I added a new "beer / breweries" category and made a quick pass through the categories you mentioned.
We can fine tune the category name / poi file list if needed.
Thanks for adding the Beer/Breweries category. I think that's a good name. Also just curious how long it takes the POI Badge to appear? I posted a NYC craft beer list a week or so back and don't see the POI Badge.
oops, another drawback of having Miss Poi leave town. It has been fixed.
I haven't learned how to create a POI list just yet. For those who know how, I found a beer/breweries site to gather locations by state. It's called Beerme.com
Good site. Thanks for the link. I remember this site from a while back. It has kept up with the changes much better then I remember a few years ago.
I converted the beerme.kmz (Google Earth file) to a .gpx file and it works great with MapSource. I'll move it over to the GPS next week when I have my USB cable. I'll post the file when I get permission from the author. Although anyone can covert the .kmz file to .gpx.
Just wanted to verify that the author of the file gave permission to use it. Thanks for getting this file for us, I think that it is a good idea to add a note to the poi file letting the community know that permission was granted.
By doing this we as a community show responsibility and respect for our competitors and fellow POI enthusiasts that might find us from other sites.
Great Job thetick!!!
I forgot to mention the author permission with these POI posts. I made a separate BeerMe_USA and BeerMe_World since the world POI is so huge.
not a problem, I will add a note;)
Special thanks to CherylMass for pointing me to the BeerMe website. They have a BeerMe.kmz with all their locations for Goggle Earth. With a simple convert using GPS Bable I made the POIs. I wish every website/manufacture had Google Earth or POI files. As a side note to the admins I think we should ask for Google Earth files (kml,kmz) since they are more common and can be used by many people, non-GPS & GPS users. I think it is much easier to persuade companies for .kmz files instead of asking for POIs (gpx,cvs) which are just for GPS users.
Note: .kmz files are just zipped versions of .kml files.
I just wanted to let the admins know the BeerMe.com webmaster would like to have the BeerMe.cvs files at his site also. Just so we're all clear only the two BeerMe.cvs files will be on his site. I'll probably automate both the kmz-->cvs conversion and email back to the BeerMe website. So the POI factory copy may be a little out of date.
that is what reciprocity is all about:) you scratch my back and I will scratch yours. Great Job Tick, I think that we should also work on getting a link from their site to ours and vice versa, I will work on the link part of it.
I finally tracked down this site after somehow losing the files that Tick sent me. I'm working on a major revision of my site that should go live this week. One of the changes is that the beerme.kmz file will be generated on the fly instead of being served as a static file. I don't know how or if this will affect you, but the new URL will be http://beerme.com/kml.php
It would be Really Easy for me to generate the BeerMe_World_V.csv and BeerMe.csv files on the fly as well, filtering out duplicates and invalid entries. (My database has a "precision" field that estimates the accuracy of the coordinates. (See http://www.google.com/apis/maps/documentation/reference.html...) Then you could simply link to those URLs instead of periodically regenerating your own local files. Let me know what you think.
In any event, I'll post links to you on my new maps.php page.
Thanks that sounds good.
Sounds Cool! Miss POI you may want to ask John to email Richard Stueven about integrating the on the fly file builds. It appears he has already tackled many of the issues John mentioned about with the POI factory.
Thanks for the response Richard!
The "on-the-fly" CSV files are live! The World file is at http://beerme.com/poi_World.php and the US file is at http://beerme.com/poi_US.php
Each brewery's name is followed by a number of stars which indicate the accuracy of the placement: more stars = better accuracy. If there's a better way to represent this data, please let me know!
Good job. We are almost there. Just two simple changes needed so newbies can use the files.
1) The lat,long need to be switched. Real quick fix in Excel to swap the fields, but not easy for newbies or anyone with out Excel or a powerful editor.
2) Rename the output files to "Beer Me US.csv" and "Beer Me World.csv" since the filename is used in the GPS and the file type needs to be .cvs for the GPS to be loaded correctly from a PC.
Thanks for you work with php scripting!
I'm a newbie to the POI world, though have been using Garmin for years. As a traveling beer fanatic the Beerme POI list is phenomenal - great job Tick. Question: I can get my Nuvi to pull up the various brewery POIs and locations, but any other data, notably phone numbers doesn't seem to be there. Is this accurate, or am I simple minded?
Very good question. It certainly can be done and has been done with other POI lists. Your best bet would be to email the admin at beerme, Richard. He is building the files on the fly using php so it would just be a slight modification to all the work he has already done. Let me know if you have any problems since Richard is a whiz on text data organization, but I don't think he has a Garmin GPS to verify the format of the GPS POIs.
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