A specific geographic location that a location-service uses as a check-in. A venue can be considered the human-readable name for a specific latitude/longitude.
A venue is the first surface connection between the abstract and logical Cartesian grid system of a map and the messy, human-behavior driven understanding of location, place and space. People use venue names, computers use latitude/longitude.
A venue name is an indicator that a specific location has acquired human meaning beyond it’s simple location.


  1. Posted April 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    The first time I saw the word venue it was used to describe an Olympic Site – perhaps for swimming or track.

    I thought it was a pretentious word for location.

    Still do.

    Just looked up the definition on m – one of them is

    a : locale 1; also : a place where events of a specific type are held

    So I guess you can use it to describe sports or concert locations, but I still think it’s overused.

    Ira Serkes

  2. Posted April 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m with you on that Ira.

    Though in some ways the word “venue” reaches towards something more than a spot on a grid. The definition you cite brings up the possibility of “events of a specific type.”

    Perhaps this is sort of the issue of the difference between a vector and a line. Or maybe it’s just navel gazing.

    Since many locative media apps are focused on performance spaces of various sorts, I suppose that’s how the word “venue” got into the language.

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