Next big POI project

 

I know that we are all very diverse in our interests, and I don't want to sound too eager or anything, but what's the next big POI project? What are people interested in?
Since finishing the Olive Garden project I've been trying to brainstorm and come up with another good project but thus far I'm not getting much inspiration. I was hoping that if we start throwing out some posibilities we could come up with something good.

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Safeway

I'd just like to see a POI for all the Safeway grocery store locations!

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Safeway

You can start by lookiing at the one for Colorado then you could build on to it and make one for the rest of the states. Jutt go poi file alphabet then Safeway

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Big Project

Definitely Dunkin Donuts! My Garmin told me the closes one was 60 mile away in an area where i passed three of them.

Krystal "Finder"

I'd tell them I don't have internet in the car. I'll just keep using my McDonald's POI since they don't have one.

Dog Parks, Thrift Stores, Fry's Electronics...

Having owned the Nuvi 255w for only a few days now, these are the ones that I haven't found to be preloaded so far...

Dog Parks are my #1 right now as I will be traveling long distances with a dog that needs a fenced in area to play in or she'll bolt after a scent or animal!

Regional files would be a good starting point then combine them into a national file once the coverage is done... I already downloaded Goodwill & Value Village for thrifting but a POI file of unique Thrift Stores is what I'd be more looking for...

I find it odd that Garmin just didn't set up a deal with a Yellow Pages company to share data for POI's. Could be HUGE.

Shell gas stations

Shell gas stations US-wide.

poi request

i think there should be a poi of all the shopping malls in the US!!!

we have 21 of the largest but not all the others

here are 21 of the largest in the US and Canada http://www.poi-factory.com/node/2992

I agree that this would be a great file to have.

Miss POI

Salt Grass Steak House

I would love to see a POI file of all of the Salt Grass Steak Houses. They are an excellent restaurant mainly in Texas but spreading south and west. Thanks!

Dog Parks

I'd be willing to contribute to a Dog Park poi file. There's a handful around here in the Maryland 'burbs of DC that I could get.

I'm thinking about doing one of skateboard parks too, but I'm guessing there'd be more of an interest in the Dog park idea.

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markhart wrote:

I would love to see a POI file of all of the Salt Grass Steak Houses.

You could start one, and get your POI badge to boot.

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fish & crab

How about everybody best fish and crab sandwitch places.
Mitch3516

Maryland Dog Parks

Is up.

I'm thinking of combining mine with the other regional/state dog park files, I see there's a few others already.

Q

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interesting places

Some truckers started a list of interesting water towers around the country(not for gps)
My thought is a list of genuine windmills around the country?

Smoothies

Jamba Juice has my vote!

There's a POI file on this already...

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Bead shops POI file

miss poi wrote:
sasouter wrote:

My wife has been bitten by the Scrapbooking Bug. How about US and Candian scrapbook stores?

I like that idea, we also need one for bead stores:)

Miss POI

I am brand new to using POI's and to this site, but have found my little Garmin C320 indespensible.

I would be delighted to start with creating a bead shop POI - once I figure out how to create a file. Would it be okay for me to start this?

I'm currently making my granddaughter's Halloween costume and assorted Christmas presents, but find computer work a nice break. I'm on the road to someplace at least once a week and always looking for new places, so a bead shop POI would be great for me. I'm also willing to contribute to the quilt shops POI.

Any specifics I need to know to get started?

Next big POI project

I know it would be a big undertaking but I would like to see Chevy,Ford and Dodge dealerships with repair shops.

Validation

A lot of the existing files aren't being kept up-to-date. I've made some changes to the Harley Dealership file I use; however, do I just submit that to the site... or to a specific person? Just an example, but I think that the existing files need to be validated... a HUGE project.

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contact the user that submitted it

drbillk wrote:

A lot of the existing files aren't being kept up-to-date. I've made some changes to the Harley Dealership file I use; however, do I just submit that to the site... or to a specific person? Just an example, but I think that the existing files need to be validated... a HUGE project.

It looks like dave817 updated the file on 08-11-08 and he visits the site often. You may want to contact him and see about working with him to update the file.

Miss POI

POI projects

There are 2 things that I'd love to have as POI files.

1. Free Camping areas. I'm pretty sure most National Forests are free for Rugged Campsites/Boondocking but it would be nice to have the locations/boundaries marked out and added to other free camping areas. I ride all over the place on my motorcycle and don't care about improved campgrounds/facilities. I just want a place to set up my tent (legally) and get a night's sleep without being hassled by the man.

2. Public Radio Stations and their frequencies. I love listening to Public Radio but finding the nearest/best one for reception is always a chore when on the road -especially when you are by yourself as fiddling with the radio while moving to search for the local affiliate is a pain.

Edit: Found the two NPR files. Great! I also downloaded the classical radio station database as well. Still wishing for a complete, merged file for wilderness (free) camping sites/areas in government (our) land.

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Help Our Dogs

It would sure be useful to have a POI file of motels that allow dogs. When traveling it is sometimes hard to find a motel that accepts dogs. La Quinta is the only one that consistently allows dogs.

Dog Hotels

Mike107 wrote:

It would sure be useful to have a POI file of motels that allow dogs. When traveling it is sometimes hard to find a motel that accepts dogs. La Quinta is the only one that consistently allows dogs.

I think either someone is working one or there is one posted in the poi list now.

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My Brother says

Mike107 wrote:

It would sure be useful to have a POI file of motels that allow dogs. When traveling it is sometimes hard to find a motel that accepts dogs. La Quinta is the only one that consistently allows dogs.

My Brother says that Days Inn, in most cases, allows Dogs.

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Pets

Mike107 wrote:

It would sure be useful to have a POI file of motels that allow dogs. When traveling it is sometimes hard to find a motel that accepts dogs. La Quinta is the only one that consistently allows dogs.

Some states already done. Here's a thread discussing this. The thread has a link to the POI files, as well as the original website which has more categories.
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/17538

TOGO'S

I have started a POI for Togo's Eatery and Sandwich Shops.

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Jamba Juice

I have started the Jamba project. I did all the Jamba locations in Oregon. I am only planning on doing the Oregon locations so someone else can download and ad theirs if they want.

My Clueless Newb (tm) wish list

P38nut wrote:

I know that we are all very diverse in our interests, and I don't want to sound too eager or anything, but what's the next big POI project? What are people interested in?

As a Clueless Newbie (TM) some of these may already be online and I just don't know about them, as I haven't plowed through the entire POI list, but some I could use are:

Alliance One ATMs (this is a group of financial institutions that offer fee-free ATMs for other Alliance One participants, http://www.atmallianceone.org)
Microtel Inn
Super 8
Motel 6
Days Inn
Krystal
White Castle
Speedway/SuperAmerica
Casinos

I'm having a blast on this site and the people are so friendly!

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I agree, I think that the

I agree, I think that the Goodwill store list is a great idea. Especially considering the economy.

Poi files

hbelkins wrote:
P38nut wrote:

I know that we are all very diverse in our interests, and I don't want to sound too eager or anything, but what's the next big POI project? What are people interested in?

As a Clueless Newbie (TM) some of these may already be online and I just don't know about them, as I haven't plowed through the entire POI list, but some I could use are:

Alliance One ATMs (this is a group of financial institutions that offer fee-free ATMs for other Alliance One participants, http://www.atmallianceone.org)
Microtel Inn
Super 8
Motel 6
Days Inn
Krystal
White Castle
Speedway/SuperAmerica
Casinos

I'm having a blast on this site and the people are so friendly!

Most of the ones you have listed are in the poi files.Select show alphabetically at bottom of page then look for them.

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B of A

This exists already on the POI files

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poppywhite

Hampton Inn

This is on the POI files

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Goodwill Stores

tfbaker wrote:

I agree, I think that the Goodwill store list is a great idea. Especially considering the economy.

I just took a look at the Goodwill site and the store locations are only searchable by zip code. Building a POI file listing the stores would be a monumental task as the system pops up the 10 stores closest to the entered zip. There would be a lot of copying and pasting required, then sorting to eliminate duplicates.

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Hotels

Some of these exist already. I'm working on La Quinta but it has to be done state by state.

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Goodwill Stores

a_user wrote:
tfbaker wrote:

I agree, I think that the Goodwill store list is a great idea. Especially considering the economy.

I just took a look at the Goodwill site and the store locations are only searchable by zip code. Building a POI file listing the stores would be a monumental task as the system pops up the 10 stores closest to the entered zip. There would be a lot of copying and pasting required, then sorting to eliminate duplicates.

I've started a Goowill store POI that will have the information (street address, city, state, zipcode, phone, and services offered) for much of the USA. I'll try to get it up in the next few days.

Good Luck

AJ500 wrote:
a_user wrote:
tfbaker wrote:

I agree, I think that the Goodwill store list is a great idea. Especially considering the economy.

I just took a look at the Goodwill site and the store locations are only searchable by zip code. Building a POI file listing the stores would be a monumental task as the system pops up the 10 stores closest to the entered zip. There would be a lot of copying and pasting required, then sorting to eliminate duplicates.

I've started a Goowill store POI that will have the information (street address, city, state, zipcode, phone, and services offered) for much of the USA. I'll try to get it up in the next few days.

Good luck on this. Zip code 21742 returns stores in 3 states

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How about CVS stores with a

How about CVS stores with a note for the ones that are open 24/7.

Goodwill? My wife'll love that one!!!

AJ500 wrote:
a_user wrote:

I've started a Goowill store POI that will have the information (street address, city, state, zipcode, phone, and services offered) for much of the USA. I'll try to get it up in the next few days.

I'll have to snag that one for my wife. I told her about my discovery of POIs and she was intrigued. She's somewhat of a Goodwill addict and this would give her information on stores to visit when she's on the road.

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Walmart Dc's

how about walmart dc's for some other otr truckers?

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What's a "Walmart Dc"? Forgive my ignorance.

DC

Motorcycle Mama wrote:

What's a "Walmart Dc"? Forgive my ignorance.

I'll guess Distribution Center.

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I would have thought WalMart District of Columbia...

Maybe it was a typo...FC... fuel centers...

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Distribution Centers.

Distribution Centers. Trucks can't fuel at Walmart/Murphy pumps. They're strictly for cars.

The distribution center, on the other hand, takes deliveries from trucks 24/7.

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Thrift Stores

kerouac906 wrote:

Having owned the Nuvi 255w for only a few days now, these are the ones that I haven't found to be preloaded so far...

Dog Parks are my #1 right now as I will be traveling long distances with a dog that needs a fenced in area to play in or she'll bolt after a scent or animal!

Regional files would be a good starting point then combine them into a national file once the coverage is done... I already downloaded Goodwill & Value Village for thrifting but a POI file of unique Thrift Stores is what I'd be more looking for...

I find it odd that Garmin just didn't set up a deal with a Yellow Pages company to share data for POI's. Could be HUGE.

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/13186

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County Campgrounds too

They're similar to state campgrounds. Sometimes they're even maintained better. The cost is usually low.

All Three Near Me (Pardon the Rhyme)

CherylMASS wrote:

Cheesecake Factory restaurants; P. F. Changs.

Possibly some mom and pop ice cream shops; clam shacks, mini golf that are off the beaten path. Now that the good weather is coming motorcyclists(and four wheel vehicle drivers) will be looking for fun destinations.

Build A Bear, Cheesecake & PF Changs are all in the same mall (Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL). Do you give the nearest entrance for each?

"Odd Sites" Web Site

DeltaSly wrote:

I don't live in the US but I believe there are some towns etc. with really odd-ball sights to visit like 'Worlds largest ball of yarn.', 'Crashed car statues', etc.

If I lived over there I think it would be interesting and fun to find all these wacky sights along a route if travelling on a road trip...

I'm sure it's only one of many. roadsideamerica.com is a good site for unique entertainment.

Wild Chicago is another good one. It's actually part of the local PBS web site. If you search yahoo or google for Wild Chicago, it will show up.
I just searched. Here it is.
http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=25,3,3

Offbeat Attractions

edwardw66 wrote:
DeltaSly wrote:

I don't live in the US but I believe there are some towns etc. with really odd-ball sights to visit like 'Worlds largest ball of yarn.', 'Crashed car statues', etc.

If I lived over there I think it would be interesting and fun to find all these wacky sights along a route if travelling on a road trip...

I'm sure it's only one of many. roadsideamerica.com is a good site for unique entertainment.

Wild Chicago is another good one. It's actually part of the local PBS web site. If you search yahoo or google for Wild Chicago, it will show up.
I just searched. Here it is.
http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=25,3,3

How about the "Offbeat Tourist Attractions" POI files available here:

arrow http://www.poi-factory.com/node/5992

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Food Network/Travel Channel POIs

I like the Diners Drive In and Dives but some of the other food shows on cable would be great. Some would be

Food Finds
The Thirsty Traveller
Man vs. Food
Steak Paradise
Deep Fried Paradise
Andrew Zimmern Bizzare Foods (for the brave)

POI Projects

I do a lot of airports & AVIS (& Hertz?)lots would be nice to have so I can get back to the rental car return at the airport when I return. Not all returns are where I pick up my car, and so I have to guess to get back, and mark my location when I'm entering the return garage, but my next trip will probably be to somewhere else! I do use the Gas Find on my way back to avoid the $8 gas, but I haven't found a listing of the return ramps for any of the rental car firms.

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