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Monday, February 20, 2006

The marketing device was noted here in the past. What’s interesting is that the short article which includes an image of one of 15 icons on the map, is in the paper’s Technology section. It’s not in the advertising section, nor the entertainment section. This is indeed an infotainmap, per my colleague Joe Francica. The Soprano’s map doesn’t go live until next Monday.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/20 at 07:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Waynesville Daily Guide (Missouri) covers efforts to bring new businesses to the local counties, but also touches on possibilities for those losing works as the USGS leaves Rolla. Mark Newell of that office updated those at a meeting that the move is assured after studies concluded that the process used to select a new headquarters had some problems, but was not illegal.

Many of the USGS staffers are longtime residents with professional degrees and 20 years of experience. They are very interesting to the local school superintendent who notes there’s always a need for math and science teachers especially in rural areas. Missouri, like many other states, including Massachusetts has a special program to allow career changers to obtain teaching certificates on a fast track basis. I’m sure USGS folks would make a great addition to the educational workforce.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/20 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Users are clinging to old area codes as they hold onto their first or first meaningful cell phone number. The New York Times (free reg required) takes this up in its Style and Fashion section this weekend.

“Younger people are not tied to a location anymore,” said Ritch Blasi, Cingular’s director of media relations. “They really are tied to their phones.”

I’m one of the few people I know who has a home and cell phone both in the same area code. Why? When I started my company in 2000 in Boston, I was lucky enough to get a 617 area code, just like the one assigned to my house. My home town area code, just five miles away change a few years back to create more land line numbers as the region grew.

In time will these numbers lose all assocation with geography? I think so.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/20 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, February 17, 2006

One of the new tidbits noted at the International Lidar Mapping Forum held earlier this week is LIDARXCHANGE. It’s a “marketplace” for offering for use or finding for use LiDAR resources - like sensors, planes, and ground stations. The map of these? Yes, it’s Google Maps! The efforts is backed by Airborne 1 and will officially launch at ASPRS in Reno.

via GIS User

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/17 at 08:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GeoMullah was there and shares what he took away including a new MetaCarta Labs where users are invited to play with new technology that may or may not turn into real products. He notes he’s “drunk the Kool-Aid.” Yeah, me too, a few years back.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/17 at 08:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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