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You are also curious to know what the story is behind the locations you see along your route? 

Then, the Location Pages on RouteYou is defintely of interest to you.

Have a look at this example

There are two ways to get to the Location Pages:
  1. You can reach the Location Pages via Routes. The RouteViewer shows the Nearby locations (here an example). Click on one of the Nearby Locations.
  2.  You can look for locations via the main menu button Points of Interest, which brings you to the overview map. There you can click on  the locations for more info...
 Nafplion, Greece (Picture Pascal Brackman)
Near Schiphol, Netherlands (Picture: Pascal Brackman)
What can you see on the Location Page (have a look at this example).

The Header info:
  • The Header shows your the type of the location (e.g. abbey, pub, museum,...).
  • It also shows you the importance of the location (we get to the use of that in the near future)
  • And it shows you how much content there is + in which language
The Core info:
  • The Core info shows you a set of texts with pictures, video and/or sound when available
  • Many texts and pictures can be shown and linked to one location.
  • The text and image indicates its owner and source (in the case this would be different)
The Map info:
  • The first map indicates the location and the related locations (see further)
  • The second map indicated the locations in the neighbourhood
The nearby routes are also shown.

But there is much more...
Any fact becomes important when it's connected to another
(Umberto Eco,
'Foucault's pendulum, p.377)

Some applications approach a location as just a point on Earth with some information (a bit of text and a picture,...).

But a location is of course so much more. On the location page, you can see to which other items the location is linked. You can click on the "Why?" to figure out the reason...
  • A location has a link with other locations. An example: 
    • The famous Paris Olympia Concert hall where Edit Piaf gave a series of concerts is linked to the Cemetery Père Lachaise
    • Père Lachaise is the cemetery where Edith Piaf is buried
  • A location has a link with people which has a link with other locations. An example:
    • The Cemetery Père Lachaise contains also the graves of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Voltaire, Georges Bizet,... 
    • Oscar Wilde is linked to Westminster Abbey, because he had to wait till 1995 to be mentioned in the Poet's Corner because he was gay. 
  • A location has a link with topics which connects other locations with the same topic. An example:
    • The Cemetery Père Lachaise has a link with the topic Literature.
    • So has the Restaurant Récamier  in Paris, the meeting place for writers and publishers. So has the village Hay-On-Wye in Wales, thé book village of Wales. So has Iona Abbey, where king Duncan , killed by Macbeth, a tragedy described by William Shakespeare. So has Alnwick Castle, where a few scenes of Harry Potter were shot. 
  • A location has frequently a time-link to indicate if it is specifically worthwhile to visit a place during that time-period. An example:
    • The Saint-Nicolas Church in Brussels is specifically interesting to visit in Decemeber, because children leave notes for Saint-Nicolas so he can know what they want as present.

Besides the Location Page, there is also a Persons Page (showing the locations linked to this person), a Topic Page (showing the locations linked to this topic) and a Time page (showing the locations linked to this period).

Yes, you got it. It's like a route. You get from A to B to C,.... but  via content. Imagine now you will be able to combine these content routes with real world routes...

You want to learn more... Check out our help.

Near Route 66, USA (Picture: Pascal Brackman)
A work in progress

The Location Pages and the related content is still a work in progress. So we ask you some patience. But there is a lot to look forward to.

Let us inform you what you can expect the following months.
  1. Print and download the Location Info to your GPS
  2. Visusalise the Locations while planning a route in the RoutePlanner.
  3. Push nearby Locations and POIs along the route you created so you can print and download them. 
  4. Each Location and text has its importance. This defines when and where the location or text will be displayed first (e.g. overviews, clustering, listings,...). An autmatic calcualtion method has been set up to do this. We are getting happy about it and are planning to release it and make it available to you before the summer.
  5. Not all locations with text have a link with persons, topics or time periods. An automatic process is being worked out with the engineering deparment of the KAHO Polytechnique (Gent), and is to be expected during this summer. 
  6. So far, only 10 000 locations with content are made available. We are targetting to get above 500 000 before the end of the year, in several languages.
  7. The Location Search Page will be optimized so you get to see the most important location first.
  8. Clustering: The Location Search Page, the Topic Page and the Time Page will cluster the locations, in a similar way as we did for the routes. The most important ones per cluster will be displayed. 
  9. So far, you can contribute to the Location Information only by creating  POIs in your own routes (read here how to do this), or by Adding a Comment at the POI Page. We are planning to provide you the option to direclty add and edit your information linked to a location. 

Stay in touch!!!


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