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Monday, December 12, 2005

Larry pointed me to statements from Mike Liebhold, a senior researcher at the Institute for the Future, who’ll be a keynote speaker at our Location Intelligence conference, exploring Microsoft’s privacy policy regarding the “locate me” technology in Live Local. It’s spelled out that Microsoft will use that information in a variety of ways.

Liebold also notes the accuracy of the IP lookup, which found him up in Northern California. Most IP-based tools put him wrongly in San Deigo, in Southern California, where his ISP is located. He’s spooked:

“Clearly Microsoft’s IP location database includes spooky datamined information about users’ actual location that is not normally available by querying the publically accessible databases.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 08:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GIS Corps got further coverage along with the important message that mapping is valuable both right after and in the long term after disasters via an article from the Dallas Morning News.

Since then, mapping has played a key role in the hurricane recovery effort, from identifying areas in need of debris removal to locating the sites identified as needing relief supplies or FEMA trailer units.

“We wouldn’t be able to place these units without the maps,” said Frank Kelly of Bechtel, who coordinates delivery of FEMA trailers from the county’s emergency operations base in Kiln.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There’s a nice update on the GIS work of Mercy Corps in Aceh on the organization’s website. Not surprising that such work is out of the news. I suspect as the anniversary of the event rolls around, we’ll see more coverage.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Good, it’s not just me: I could not get Live Local to show me the front of my house, so I welcome this mini-tutorial from the Virtual Earth blog. Bonus points for this statement: ” A lot of bloggers are talking about the new Birds Eye view in the latest release of Virtual Earth. but I get the feeling that a lot of people haven’t discovered the rotation feature yet. I guess that means we need to work on making it more apparent in the UI grin

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, December 09, 2005

TenLinks pointed me to an Autodesk blog which states that the free DWF Viewer has passed 10 million downloads. I can beleive that. My question from the start has been: How many GIS people are using it to share data? Since Autodesk has such a small share of the geospatial market (less than 10% when Daratech last spoke on the matter) is the viewer even a a player in our space?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/09 at 01:23 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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