Export from maps.lds.org to Google Earth .kml files - Emergency Preparedness

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Export from maps.lds.org to Google Earth .kml files - Emergency Preparedness

Postby fishmister » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:01 am

Since there is no resource to allow creating custom maps it would be nice to have the option to export the ward map info like you can today at maps.lds.org but with the added .kml format. This would allow each unit to import their members households into Google Earth and create custom maps.

Since this feature isn't there today I have written a program to take it from .csv to .kml.

We are using it for emergency preparedness districts overlaid with different colored polygons to indicate each districts boundaries.

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Postby crislapi » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:31 am

This topic and variations of it have been discussed in great detail here previously. In the end, the result is the same - it is against church policy to upload membership data to third-party servers like google earth's. Those who have created programs to achieve similar tasks have been asked by CHQ to remove them.

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Postby aebrown » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:54 am

crislapi wrote:This topic and variations of it have been discussed in great detail here previously. In the end, the result is the same - it is against church policy to upload membership data to third-party servers like google earth's. Those who have created programs to achieve similar tasks have been asked by CHQ to remove them.


But Google Earth is a desktop application, and local KML files can be opened in Google Earth without uploading any membership data to third-party servers. We're not talking about Google Maps, which does store its data on Google-owned servers, but Google Earth. So I don't see why there is any violation of Church policy, as long as proper care is taken for the security of these KML files.
Questions that can benefit the larger community should be asked in a public forum, not a private message.

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Postby kisaac » Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:28 am

fishmister wrote:I have written a program to take it from .csv to .kml.

I'd like it for fast offering routes....

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Postby BellMR » Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:35 am

crislapi wrote:This topic and variations of it have been discussed in great detail here previously. In the end, the result is the same - it is against church policy to upload membership data to third-party servers like google earth's. Those who have created programs to achieve similar tasks have been asked by CHQ to remove them.


Does this mean that my ward should stop using Google Docs for collaboration and for our Emergency Zone spreadsheet (no map, but names and addresses)?

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Postby kisaac » Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:55 am

I keep hoping that lds.org will provide us with a workspace like google docs held on a secure lds server so we can all move our agendas, lists, maps, etc away from google. The pros and cons have been discussed at length...But it's probably a discussion for another thread, again...

like this one: Google Doc sites Are they ok
or this one: Use google docs gmail for church agendas

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Tell us more about your program

Postby atticusewig » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:37 am

Please tell us more about your csv to kml program.

I tried a script and found I had pad out the lat/long coords
with zeros. The church data might have some data with
a coordinate 29.5, 29.483934 and another with 29.564, 29.4932
whereas the kml file would need a full ten digits with zeroes at
the end.

My script was a sloppy mess, used too many filters, and still needed
user intervention (although less of it). I've only used it once, and then
would handle the move-ins/move-outs manually (we have a large ward,
but little turnover).

How does your program fare ? What language did you use ? Is it something
you don't mind sharing ?


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