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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Consider this: Pulaski County (Missouri) 911 has the best, most up-to-date street maps of the rural county. It shares them with local fire fighters and other county workers for free (as it should). It just this week agreed to sell maps (not the data mind you) to local real estate agents, workers and construction workers. The cost is $25, just $5 over production cost. But of course, they need to come in every few weeks and buy an update.

But, there is good news:

[Michelle] Graves [director of the 911 board] also told her board that she’s in the process of getting price quotes for a major GPS study of the county — a mapping system that would link the county’s geography to satellite imagery and use it to precisely locate positions in the county.

I suspect that’s GIS, and hope it means that the accurate 911 maps can be shared more easily in time.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

c|net offers this game using imagery from Google Earth: they’ve geocoded addresses of 10 prominent companies and you have to indentify them from the air.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Gary at Search Engine Watch Blog says that he’s seeing the blue pins again on Google Local. He offers a screen shot and explains that the way Google does things, it’s entirely possible for something to work one way one minute and a different way the next.

I reported earlier this week based on a blog post and personal experience that the blue ad pins were gone. I see no pins on the NYC Hotel query today.

Gary also reports on seeing ads in Google (he offers another screen shot) and is checking with Google on that.

Thanks as always for sharing, Gary!

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/18 at 12:33 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An oddly time press release on using Microsoft Live Meeting Web confernecing software, cause me to return to the NGA Hurricane Crisis Imagery website.

First off, I like that the site offers two tabs - one titled “general public” and one titled “GIS Analyst.” The former offers viewing and the latter downloading and more technical help and support.

But then, things get a bit murky. As a member of the general public do I use?

The online imagery viewer with the big Microsoft logo nearby? It’s actually built on technology from Microsoft partern IDV in Michigan.

The Google Earth one, with the Google logo nearby?

The Streaming Imagery Viewer, with the NGA logo nearby? That seems to use the ITT RAIV streaming viewer with technology from Idelix, but you will not find their logos anywhere.

Need help choosing which is right for you? I could not find any. But all other links push you to a SharePoint (a Microsoft collaboration tool) site for help, what’s new, etc. When I choose the “what’s new” link on the main page I learned that there did not seem to be a what’s new page and that the last posted announcement is from November 7. I wonder what will happen to this website?

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/18 at 08:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A blog post on MapPoint B2B confirms its time to move everyone to Live Local. Existing distinctly requested maps will automatically be sent to Live Local when the time comes. When’s that?

“When are we killing MSN Maps and Directions? Soon - like very soon.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/18 at 07:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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