Over the past couple weeks I have been working on trying to improve the data that is on XIVDB. Datamining can be tough job when you're not fully familiar with every system in game (eg: I do literally no crafting or mining, so that's the worse area for me to mine in), when you see something in the data files you have to guess what all the values mean.
Here is what the item Curtana looks like:
Some parts are obvious; the name, the description. The rest is all guess work!
Datamining data can take a significantly long time, but it's one that pays off well. Unfortunately, not everything is in the dat files, such as NPC/Enemy positions (some are, for quests purposes etc, but not everything).
To obtain that data I've built a map tracking app, this can be turned on when someone is running through Eorzea and it will map out all the locations, it detects multi-layered maps (such as dungeons) and the different types of entities found.
Here is a video showing it in action (I'm very pleased with how it's working!!)
I don't plan to release this publically as it only serves its purpose once (when a map has been completed, no need to go over it) and I need to keep the scale of submissions low in order to better manage them. Over the next week or so, a few community members will be running around and mapping everything. I will also be joining in and doing a lot of QOL fixes on the site.
Preview of real-time submitted management:
The "Map" tool will be moved to its own page, made full size, interactive and bare no ads, it will be separated completely for a much easier viewing. Maps on content pages will also get their own tab and be full size.
This mapping data is something that should greatly improve the site and help you find where to go.
I will post an update blog on how site changes are going, as this has been the focus for the past couple weeks!