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.
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.
Just looked up the definition on mhttp://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/venue – 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.
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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