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by RossEvans
Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: General Clerk Discussions
Topic: Using Web Tools to Map the Members
Replies: 103
Views: 30390

. With every Geocoding server I've used, there have always been slight errors. Google tends to put the pins near the middle of the street, while Yahoo puts them more on the front lawn or driveway, however in some cases, 1 or 2 houses away from the REAL address . Of course, this is not the fault of ...
by RossEvans
Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: General Clerk Discussions
Topic: Using Web Tools to Map the Members
Replies: 103
Views: 30390

4. The default color of forest green for the membership pushpins caused them to camouflage right in with the overhead view of trees, shrubs, and lawn. :eek: This was easily changed in Google Earth. Thanks for your kind remarks, and for your test report. On the subject of the green icons blending wi...
by RossEvans
Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:50 pm
Forum: General Clerk Discussions
Topic: Using Web Tools to Map the Members
Replies: 103
Views: 30390

My Solution to Geocoding and Mapping: GeoDB v 1.0 Released Here

This post, replicated in a ReadMe file, introduces a system of two related script files - GeocodeFromPalmFamily.vbs and MakeKML.vbs. The overall objective is to read files extracted from the church MLS system, geocode families for a ward or other unit, and produce several KML output files rendering ...
by RossEvans
Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: Main Church Website
Topic: New Meetinghouse Locator on LDS.org - Beta Release
Replies: 89
Views: 26986

I see no conflict between borent's comments and those of Joel Dehlin. The former said there were perceived problems with publishing boundaries "at least until we can authenticate users on the site." Joel essentially confirmed that boundaries are "coming soon." My reading of these comments together i...
by RossEvans
Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:26 am
Forum: General Clerk Discussions
Topic: Using Web Tools to Map the Members
Replies: 103
Views: 30390

One last gotcha to keep in mind: When plotting multiple ward members there will be a significant number that geocode to precisely the same point -- the most salient example being apartment complexes. Street-address geocoding, even some geocoding purported to be "rooftop level," generally knows nothi...
by RossEvans
Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:11 am
Forum: General Clerk Discussions
Topic: Using Web Tools to Map the Members
Replies: 103
Views: 30390

I note that Joel Dehlin confirmed a couple of days ago that a member-mapping project is underway. In a post promoting the beta site for the great new Meetinghouse Locator page, he said: We've created a mapping service which takes the lat/long data for meetinghouses and plots it on Google's or Micros...
by RossEvans
Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: Maps
Topic: Ward Maps
Replies: 157
Views: 84212

I do continue to monitor this thread and am quite happy to see so many good ideas coming off of this. Keep up the great work! Thanks. BTW, when I say I got your VBScript to work, I sort of had to kludge it. I ran the script, which creates C:\WARDMAP.HTM and then hangs. I think it hangs on the line ...
by RossEvans
Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: Maps
Topic: Ward Maps
Replies: 157
Views: 84212

Thanks again to Kevin Ball

BTW, I finally got Kevin Ball's script to run on my XP machine. It never did work for me because of issues with IE7, apparently. But Firefox handles it fine. So I now can better appreciate Kevin's original invention, which started this whole thread. Some of us (me included) have sort of hijacked the...
by RossEvans
Sat Jun 21, 2008 6:58 am
Forum: Other Member Technologies
Topic: Using Free Mapping API's for Meetinghouse Locator
Replies: 49
Views: 21485

See the new [thread=1489]New Meetinghouse Locator on LDS.org - Beta Release[/thread] thread - cool new tool! :) Having browsed the beta release of this application, I am impressed. It is an excellent tool for a specific purpose: enabling members, investigators, travelers and other visitors to find ...
by RossEvans
Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:46 am
Forum: Other Member Technologies
Topic: Using Free Mapping API's for Meetinghouse Locator
Replies: 49
Views: 21485

II would imagine that it might be more along the lines that the software license the Church uses does not allow them to do more than send out the overall maps, printed or otherwise, as they do now. I doubt that. Licensiing terms of GIS sofware such as ArcGIS typically place no restriction on bounda...

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