[Loadstone] Important Item of a POI - Was: Point type and classcollector.

Rob Melchers rob at loadstone-gps.com
Sun Apr 15 01:58:27 BST 2007

OK, I've got your point. Well, if you've read the thread you've seen that 
we've played the issue down already. What we have in mind is to facilitate 
the downloading of points of a certain type. When using Loadstone GPS as an 
orientational tool your point names should suffice. But if you plan to 
visit an unfamiliar area you might want to be able to check the train- and 
bus stations in that area without having to download every streetcorner. A 
new Loadstone user might want to check for mailboxes within a mile from his 
home and recently a user was interested in food-outlets in an area where 
she had to go. All this is only possible if points have a general 
description and may fit in a certain class. There's little or no data to be 
found on the web about location classification, so we asked the list for 
thoughts. Some of these thoughts are a bit too detailed, but they do serve 
as a means to construct the sort of classification we plan to implement 
into the program. Also the way to organize these classifications is 
something we are interested to hear your ideas about. We are not planning 
to classify every item on this planet and once we get the time to work on 
this issue we'll let the users know what we think is a reasonable level of 
point types and classes defenition. At this moment we are only collecting 
suggestions for type- and class names. Hopefully this will result in a 
large number of names to choose from when we start working on this item and 
will give us some good ideas as how to deal with them.


At 4/14/2007, you wrote:
>I saw all those messages before and after re-reading the below post I 
>realize that it's not the concept of POI that confuses me, but the 
>statements in that email.
>For one, does it matter if a street is long to mark POI to it?  Is someone 
>going to be that dependent on GPS to have to mark a mailbox to find it 
>again?  At a bus stop, if you mark a spot, will the GPS bring you to that 
>exact spot again?  Will the bus stop there again exactly where it did the 
>first time?  Does it matter because drivers here generally bring the bus 
>to where the blind person is standing.
>GPS is great for letting you know where you are, but marking an area as 
>park or town almost seems unnecessary.  Do you not know what town you're 
>in?  And if you marked a single spot using your GPS could you call it a town?
>I think POI categories should be kept kind of general.  Or is the thinking 
>to categorize mailboxes because I might be in a strange city and in need 
>of mailing a letter and not knowing where a mailbox is so I get out my 
>phone and load up and use the category for mailbox to see where the 
>nearest mailbox is.  I'm really stretching my imagination coming up with 
>that one.
>I saw a GPS solution on TV once that had categories and the person puts in 
>Casino as a category and finds the nearest one 154 miles away.  They can 
>then get directions to it, look up the address and phone number to 
>it.  They can find nearby restaurants and so on.  I guess if that's what 
>Loadstone is going to be eventually then the mailbox category is 
>necessary.  But then under restaurants we should be able to choose 
>Chinese, Italian and so on.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: <mailto:rob at loadstone-gps.com>Rob Melchers
>To: <mailto:loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>loadstone at loadstone-gps.com
>Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2007 4:12 PM
>Subject: Re: [Loadstone] Important Item of a POI - Was: Point type and 
>Have a look in the archieves:
>and look for:
>Point type/class
>At 4/14/2007, you wrote:
>>Someone help me, because I don't have a clue of what this means.
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Teddy" 
>><<mailto:hackelberriwien at online-rudel.net>hackelberriwien at online-rudel.net>
>>To: <<mailto:loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
>>Sent: Friday, April 13, 2007 2:42 AM
>>Subject: [Loadstone] Important Item of a POI - Was: Point type and
>>Good morning,
>>thinking of POIs I found out, that one thing is missing in the discussion,
>>that would be very helpfull later. But it is now the right time to think
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