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Friday, February 03, 2006

The folks at the Windos Live Local (WLL) blog are all excited about the designation and the 4 of 5 star rating. The WLL review is among those for Google Local, maps, and AOL Local. Google Local also received 4 of 5 stars, but was dinged for many irrelevant results. AOL, at 3 of 5, gets dinged for interface challenges and lack of features., the only offering with street level imagery, is dinged as incomplete.

Davis D. Janowski, who wrote all of the reviews, is to be commended for his thoroughness and following the same script in exploring each offering. That makes reading them all a bit tedious, but allows direct comparison. I also appreciate that he highilights end user license agreement for its toolbar and how it allows the company to collect data on visitor’s travels on the Web.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/03 at 07:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Microsoft Live Local added Detroit to its list of urban areas using the "bird’s eye view imagery" from Pictometry just in time for Super Bowl XL. But I expected to see restaurants, parking lots, and transportation hubs that would be more useful to tourists. The local points of interest were "flagged" around Ford Field but I think the tourist would find more benefit in knowing where to park then a list of churches.  The link to previous super bowls (upper left corner) was interesting but it took a second refresh of my browser because the first time I hit that link I landed among buffalo wallows in the middle of South Dakota. Anyway, it’s worth checking out if you are a fan but I think the benefits to local businesses or to the tourist to help them navigate stadium traffic are sketchy at best. I would have liked to see a more direct benefit to the area economy for this to be a more useful tool. Again, I wear the hat of trying to determine how Live Local and other web mapping portals are helping businesses "profit" from location technology.

by Joe Francica on 02/02 at 10:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Directions Magazine staff didn’t make it to the conference, which finishes up today in Washington, DC, but industry writer/consultant Kevin Corbley did. He shares these observations.

“There was a common theme among exhibitors once I got talking to them—Everybody is looking to hire federal sales people right now. And from the comments I heard, there is a real shortage of sales folks in our industry.

“The ESRI Federal Users Conference is becoming a major East Coast event for the geospatial industry. Several people at the conference agreed that the number of exhibit booths this year was more than double that of last year.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 09:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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
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