Mapovino: Google-mapping and social-networking and wikipedia-ing

It’s very difficult to describe what we are aiming for with the Mapovino project without getting caught up in Web2.0 buzzword bingo; or, going the other route, being so pretentious that it’s we’re sooo different that we shun any words that sound vaguely like the “read-write web”. Sigh. Below are my best thoughts in words so far….

(We’re having a demo and wine-tasting in San Francisco soon. Contact me if you’re interested!)

Mapovino is a wine-mapping website incorporating GoogleMaps to showcase geographically distinct wines and the stories behind these wines.

Mapovino is interactive:

  • Users can add comments, photos, link to maps in their blogs, and even add blog links on the map.

Mapovino is encyclopedic:

  • It will pull wine and geography information from Wikipedia and other public information sources. This secondary user-generated content further enables users to interact with Mapovino.

Mapovino is information and referral:

  • Mapovino will not sell wines; instead, it will point to where to find the wine in stores and restaurants.

Mapovino will be driven by wine fans, helped by Mapovino staff:

  • Producers will not have the burden entering information about their wines and vineyards – fans of their wines can help input that information. Mapovino staff will highlight producers, and post in-depth articles and interviews. Producers can control their own entries, but do not have to do anything specific for their wines to appear on the site.

Mapovino is in development:

  • To be part of the conversation, please email “greg.beuthin” in front of “”

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7 Responses to “Mapovino: Google-mapping and social-networking and wikipedia-ing”

  1. 1 Eric Maugendre May 20, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Hello Greg,
    This project is very exciting. So as to push people contributing I suggest a public license (such as GPL or CC).
    Did you envisage to use rather than Google maps? If so why did you prefer Google maps?

  2. 2 smokinggoat May 21, 2008 at 7:19 am

    This is an excellent point. For user-generated content – that lives on the Mapovino servers – it will likely be Creative Commons. That would include comments, photos (that are not hosted elsewhere), and even user maps.

    We plan to use Google maps – for now. Primarily because one of th most exciting things is to see the satellite image of the landscape around the vineyard – and OSM does not have good enough data about that right now (yes, this includes Yahoo’s satellite imagery overlaid on OSM).

    *However* I just came back from WhereCamp, were I learned about OpenLayers – which allows us to plug in Google (for now) until something better comes along – like good CC satellite images, then we can switch out.

    More on what I learned at WhereCamp – on this blog, soon! 🙂

  3. 3 studentkitty July 24, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    What type of geographic information are you planning on putting on these maps?

  4. 4 smokinggoat August 1, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Well, a bunch! 🙂 We want to focus on appellation and then winemaker and grape grower location to start.

  5. 5 Chetana Deorah October 13, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Hi monsieur Greg 🙂

    I was looking up info on Drupal and landed at Mapovino – which then reminded me of this mobile user-interface design project I did way back called “winecell’r”! Not sure what the company (eMbience, 2004) did with this product since then…

    FYI: WineCell’r is a useful, easy-to-use wireless application for wine connoisseurs and novices alike. Utilizing a database of over 11,000 wine reviews, WineCell’r is an invaluable tool for help selecting a wine by type, vineyard, region or price.


  6. 6 smokinggoat October 15, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Chetana!

    This sounds really interesting. Too bad I can’t find any info about this at all – nothing under “winecellr” nor “embiance.” All I found was… an obscure admin doc for the app! 🙂

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