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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Live Science shows of the latest “anomoly” image of Turkey (never before seen by the public!) from DigtialGlobe in an article explaining why there is renewed interest in area thought to hide the ark. Warning: You’ll hit a “commercial” before actually seeing a detail version of the image.

Perhaps more interesting is the opportunity the article give GeoEye to tout the value of satellite imagery. Says Mark Brender, GeoEye Vice President for communications and marketing:

For explorers, imagery from GeoEye’s Ikonos satellite married with Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite data has become as indispensable as water and freeze dried food for any expedition. One does not want to leave home without it. ...It’s visual truth serum.

This article describes the 13 year quest of Porcher Taylor, an associate professor in paralegal studies at the University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies in Virginia.
I wrote about another individual, Daniel McGivern, who wanted to mount an expedition to look for the Ark in recent years.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 07:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

HBO’s use of Google Maps to promote its upcoming season has received quite a lot of buzz, but David Hickley, writing for the New York Daily News, extended the idea a bit:

So why not inject a little life by integrating things that do exist with things that don’t?
What if a map of Essex County not only directed you to Thomas Edison’s birthplace but to Tony Soprano’s house or Artie Bucco’s restaurant?

What if a map gave you the choice of the real Pinelands or the faux Pinelands where Christopher and Paulie did or didn’t whack the Russian?

Suddenly there’s a new sense of adventure. This could make maps fun again.

It also would be a public service. Think how many people will be distraught this summer when they go all the way to Wyoming and discover it has no Brokeback Mountain.

If this idea catches on fast enough, there could be.

Hmm. Mixing fantasy and reality in online maps could make them “fun again.” Last year I profiled the “Sideways” Map. Using Google is just the natural extension, I guess.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 07:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The rural schools will be using GIS in a three year program to tackle local problems and document the sociology of their coastal and island communities. The grant goes to the Island Institute for the project called CREST (Community for Rural Education Stewardship and Technology). The Institute will work with Bowdoin College and the University of Maine at Machias. No word on which technology they will use.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Platial is doing its thing at the Emerging Techologies Conference. (Everyone calls it ETech, but that’s the name of my first GIS boss Erich’s company, at least to me…) Recall that Platial is a Google Maps based “social bookmark sharing” site. One question about folks folks posting information to its maps: privacy.

Diane Eisner met with the press, who learned that for now the only “policing” is done by other visitors who can “flag” “innaccurate” data. It’s later reviewed by an editor. From the description at C|net it sounds more like flagging “innapproriate” material, not correcting data in the sense of “this is in the wrong place.” The company hopes the site will become “self policing.” Sure they do; that’s the least work for them. To be fair, it does, in time, tend to work.

The hottest data on Platial? The best street food vendors in New York City.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Clickz notes another map-based marketing effort, this time from General Mills Nature Valley (think granola) brand. Visitors are encouraged to locate their favorite places in nature and describe them on the “Where’s Yours?” website. Clickz describes users tagging “their favorite outdoor spots and submit reviews on a Google Map-like interface.”

Yes, it’s Google Maps-like. What is it? ESRI ArcWeb Explorer, so far as I can tell. It’s got Flash and an ESRI copyright on the data, which to me says ArcWeb services. If I’m right, ESRI needs to think about better branding so it’s not just lumped in as “Google Maps-like.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/08 at 08:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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