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Thursday, July 24, 2014

TomTom's Multinet-R platform promises to deliver faster updates to clients using a more narrowly constrained quality assurace process. The QA process will utilize faster validation leveraging crowd-sourced data. The objective is to get new data into the hands of clients with updates narrowed from quarterly to monthly and even daily. According to TomTom's second quarter report released today:

The development of our new real-time map-making platform will result in better maps at lower cost. The platform is scheduled to roll out from late this year onwards. Our new map is continuously releasable and processes sensor and crowd-sourced data from our own and customer applications in near real-time. Customers will experience all the advantages of a locally stored map, while receiving incremental updates. This puts TomTom in a leading position to master future map use requirements for Highly Automated Driving and pilots are in progress with our customers.

The data will be delivered in TomTom's proprietary format but will load easily to other relational databases.

by Joe Francica on 07/24 at 06:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Geospatial in Phys Ed?

Danielle Grant, a Potsdam, NY elementary school physical education teacher has been named the 2014 New York State Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She's high tech:

Grant uses pedometers, pulse sticks, GPS units, gaming systems, iPads, PowerPoint, the Sportwall, wireless mics and iPods with her students. “The children of today live in a technologically infused world. Using technology within the physical education environment shows them how they can stay connected and fit at the same time,” said Grant.

PhysEd could be yet another place to weave in geospatial technology and spatial thinking!

Wired Series on Map Projections

Wired Magazine has been doing a series on map projections since last July. Here's the archive. (image at right)

TSA Agent Does not Recognize DC as in U.S.

This news story is another way to highlight the challenging state of geographical knowledge in the U.S.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/24 at 03:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Introduction to GIS and Mapping starts this fall from the Open Online AcademyThe course page suggests it's either four weeks or eight; it's not clear.

Until recently cartography skills where hard to learn. Today, new technologies allow us to download geographical data, use cartographic open source or free software in any computer, or even do it online and store your maps on the cloud, publish them at your own site or print them for your fieldworks. Geographical data is complex. There are multiple formats and reference systems depending on where in the world it belongs and if it was created on a latitude and longitude system or UTM or WGS84. It is still not easy to find what you are looking for on the Internet and there are no meta search engines to quickly find it. Even when data is available, it is so hard to find it, and it doesn’t always match with other sources you have of the same territory because of the different reference systems. Every year, there is more mapping software available, as governments and other public platforms are releasing official geographical data. Collaborative data in software or apps allow sharing geo-referenced information. From freeware, as Google Map or Google Earth, to open source software as GIS (Geographical Information System) to manage complex geodatabase, and other online tools to create maps on the cloud. It is important to understand which are the best resources depending on what kind of map you are willing to do and why. In this course you will learn the most important geographical data resources, understand the data they contain, and be able to use it to create your own professional maps.

Assessments include multiple choice quizzes and a final peer-reviewed map project. It seems most of the software used is free or open source, but I found no list (since I didn't want to enroll...) Instructors Maria Ramos Sanz and Lara Vilar are from UNAUS Barcelona. Sanz provides the intro video, below.

OO Academy is "a New York based organization for online education in design and the related fields." Per the website, It offers "education that can help people at every stage of their studies and career." It launched November 2013; I'd not heard of it. The course portal launched in June of this year. The organization was founded by a New York architect and hence the courses focus on design and related topics. There was even a resilient schools MOOC/contestOOEd provides free letters of participation and paid certificates of completion. The rest of the business model is an upsell from the free MOOC.


by Adena Schutzberg on 07/24 at 03:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PunchTab's "Mobile Tracking: Are Consumers Ready?" report surveyed 1,153 consumers about sharing their personal information, including locations, in return for deals and services. Fifty percent of participants did not want to be tracked and 27 percent said "maybe" it'd be ok, but only under certain circumstances. The rest did not care if they were tracked or not. The main reason the half that didn't want tracking? Privacy (at 51%), followed by too many message (13%), and irrelevant messages (8%).

Of the 27% of consumers who opted in to location tracking, 88% said that they would share data in exchange for a coupon or special offer. Shorter checkout times (72%), personalized alerts (69%) and checking the status of points and rewards (58%) were other top reasons to share.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/23 at 06:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Saginaw Alerts Landlords of Police/Fire Calls

When Saginaw police officers or firefighters respond to a call at one of Saginaw's nearly 5,000 registered rental properties, the landlord will be notified the following Monday. The new feature of the GIS goes live August 4.

California Company Charges $83 for Deeds; County just $5

Record Transfer Services of Westlake Village, Calif. is charging $83 for deed information available at the Crawford County Pennsylvania Courthouse for less than $5 for the average homeowner. Don't be fooled say county officials!

Washington Public Lands Map: Open Source

The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) today announced a new online, interactive map of natural resource and recreation lands owned by government agencies. I see Leaflet and OpenStreetMap in the map from a company called GeoEngineers. (image at right)

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/23 at 03:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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