Rhizome Location: More cities for more countries

Posted by Francis Hwang | Mon Aug 29th 2005 1:20 p.m.

Hey everyone,

As promised, I just added more cities to the Location feature. These
countries now have one or more cities belonging to them:

- Australia
- Canada
- France
- Germany
- Italy
- Netherlands
- Spain

I also added Washington D.C. to the U.S.; I had forgotten it last week.
This was an oversight, and not a reflection of my feelings towards the
current Administration. Or of my belief that New York City should
secede from the Union. Honest.

Some of you may be curious as to the policies we're using to determine
what cities get included. My rough rule of thumb is that I look at
every country where 20 or Members have made their Locations visible,
and then I look to see what cities they have entered. I try to create a
city-level Location for every case in which 5 or more Members have
entered it as a city on their own. It's a tremendously imperfect
process, not least because people sometimes live in a suburb and I
might miss the possible match. I do not, unfortunately, know the names
of every suburb of Munich or Milan.

Basically, the idea is to have some specificity, but not too much. And
I'd rather be too general than too specific. You don't want a situation
where somebody's looking for people in Minneapolis, and misses people
because she didn't realize we also had a location for St. Paul. We are
also aiming to sidestep the politics of naming locations as much as
possible.

But of course, it's all a work-in-progress anyway. Please feel free to
chime in with any questions or concerns.

Pax,

Francis Hwang
Director of Technology
Rhizome.org
phone: 212-219-1288x202
AIM: francisrhizome
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