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Thursday, February 02, 2006

An article on mashups in the UK’s Mail and Guardian Online shares some stats from
The Mashup Feed website, which tracks mashups. It includes 144 APIs used by 355 mashups.

The latest figures:

Google Maps (195)
Amazon (35)
Yahoo Maps (33)
Flickr (30)
Microsoft’s VirtualEarth (30)
Delicious (19)
eBay (15)
MSN Messenger (11)

No big surprises here, yet! 

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 09:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Google Earth was on a screen depicting downtown, as was a 3D version of downtown produced by U.S. intelligence satellites.”

GE is but one of many technologies in use in Detroit. (The Detroit News)

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 09:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This weekend marks MapQuest’s 10th anniversary, though its predecessor goes back a few years before. (My office mate in grad school, Matt, went to work there, in Lancaster, PA in 1988.) Westworld offers this longish history of the company and its new competition. Directions covered much of this territory a few months back. A tease for today’s article:

MapQuest executives don’t believe the future of their industry hinges on 3-D graphics and other eye candy. It’s about on-the-go personal navigation.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 09:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Slashgeo and O’Reilly Radar both cite the creation of MGeoRSS, an extension to GeoRSS that supports Google Maps/Local. Said another way, you can use tagged RSS feeds to populate a Google Map.

GeoRSS is an effort by several OGC types, among others, which in time, may become an approved standard. GeoRSS allows geographic tagging of RSS in a standard way, based on a (very simple) profile of GML. (I consult to OGC.)

Mikel Maron, who is behind it, notes that Yahoo and worldKit support GeoRSS and now challenges Google to do so, too. Cool!

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 07:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A press release from the Free Standards Group (the name made me nervous) caught my eye today. Recall I noted a wiki for gespatial standards for free software a few weeks back.

Per its website, the group “is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the use of free and open source software by developing and promoting standards. Key Free Standards Group projects include the Linux Standard Base (LSB), and OpenI18N, the internationalization initiative. Supported by leaders in the IT industry as well as the open source development community, the Free Standards Group fulfills a critical need to have common behavioral specifications, tools and ABIs across Linux platforms.” So far, it’s big project involves making a standard Linux, in fact, the organization’s tag line is: “safeguarding the future of Linux through standards.”

I get that Linux needs standards, if it has a chance of really growing. But beyond that, I guess I don’t get it. There are plenty of standards groups; they all push standards. So far as I know, they push standards for open source and non-open source software. Why does the world need a group to develop and promote standards just to push the use of free and open source software?

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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