July 16, 2006
With the newest load we have added Polish to the languages for which geonames supports wikipedia fulltext search and text blurbs. These features are now available in English,German, Spanish and Polish.
The total number of entries has increased from 180,000 to 230,000 which means an increase of 27%. The number of entries in English has increased from 44,000 to 53,000 (20%) and the number of entries in German from 32,000 to 38,000 (18%).
You find detailed numbers on the geonames wikipedia page :
The numbers of previous months are available here :
July 9, 2006
Every now and then I would like to write about a geoname user. Todays posting is about a user who has joined the geonames user community these days.
km42 is the continuation of the Grimme award winning interactive travel report project worldTrip.tv. Reporter Jörg Peiffer is travelling and reporting about places suggested by visitors of the project website.
The project website displays the current position of the reporter on a map as well as the path taken so far. Clicking on the icons on the map will lead to the reports as texts, pod casts or video casts. Interaction with the reporter is possible via an internet forum and suggestions. The place name search for the suggestion feedback is powered by geonames.
Km42 is a Spiegel Online project and thus part of one of the largest news sites in the German speaking world.
I am sure there is a lot of interesting, unexpected and surprising stuff in your part of the world. Post you suggestions to the km42 website or the comments section below and I forward them to the km42 project.