GeoRSS Layers

GeoRSS services provide geographic data in RSS feeds, so the data can be plotted by web mapping applications running in RSS-enabled browsers. RSS is a technology for delivering text, audio, and media over the Internet. In Essentials, GeoRSS services are added to the map as layers. Each feed is a layer, and each feed item is a feature.

You can also add non-geographic RSS feeds to the map using a web service like GeoNames. For information see Convert RSS to GeoRSS.

You can configure GeoRSS layers to automatically update at regular time intervals in Manager. From the Map page, click Edit next to the GeoRSS layer you want to configure. Then, go to the Functional tab and configure the Update Interval (seconds) setting.

Essentials supports Simple GeoRSS and GeoRSS GML (Geography Markup Language) formats in RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, and Atom. For more information, refer to http://www.georss.org/.

To view content from a KML or GeoRSS layer that contains HTML markup, you need to enable the Allow Unsafe Content setting for your viewer. By default, layers with external HTML are displayed as raw HTML and not formatted. For more information see Configure Application-Wide Settings in Manager.

The HTML5 Viewer supports point geometries only.

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Map Service Settings

Convert RSS to GeoRSS

You can also add non-geographic RSS feeds to the map using a web service like GeoNames. The web service converts RSS feeds into valid GeoRSS layers, which you can add as a map service in Essentials Manager.

Once you have a GeoNames account and have enabled web services, you can add an converted RSS feed using a GeoNames URL that includes their API parameters. The following is an example of a valid URL, where youraccount is the username of your activated GeoNames account:

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