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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The ZD blog Between the Lines is following this story. Mashup Camp is scheduled for later in February, it’s a meeting about mashups. Yesterday one David Isenberg posted a request on his Mashups We Want website for mashup of where there’s cell coverage (beyond the cheesy offerings from carriers). In a matter of hours, two people had offerred solutions.

This is all very interesting, but consider the implications for our “mapmaking marketplace.” What if the model moves from those hard to write RFPs and bidding to a simple bounty: “first person to offer such and such a map get $5000.” We are very close to that now and bounties are known, especially in the open source world, so this is a logical migration.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/01 at 09:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A flock of pigeons will get their own blog, on which they’ll map out pollution in the skies above San Jose. Each bird will carry air pollution sensors, a homemade cell phone, GPS reciever and a camera, reports New Scientist in the upcoming issue. Data will be collected and posted on their blog in regular updates. Alas, we have to wait until August 5, the launch date.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/01 at 09:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The card game is called Perplex City (new to me!) and is apparently new to North America. It has an online map built on the Google Maps interface.

How long will Google allow this sort of use? These uses are not tied to the real world, so how will they support location-based advertising? I suppose they can support game-based ads, and perhaps those can be geospatially enabled?

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/01 at 08:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A Japanese press release announced a mapping application for the PSP platform. I4U news reports that it’s like MapPoint and since the device does not have a built in GPS, works like a regular desktop app. The innovation? Added places and comments can be shared wtih other PSP users via Wi-Fi. It’s set for release on April 20, but only in Japan with Japanese data. There’s a bit on a Points of Interest service for it at IGN.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/01 at 07:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The meeting of the MapServer Foundation scheduled for Saturday in Chicago is coming together. Here are some details for those watching from the sidelines:

The attendee list is posted and includes a sort of “who’s who” of open source GIS people from the U.S., Canada and Europe. And, then there are some other folks with interesting affiliations like a representative from LizardTech and one from, a location-based services provider. If you are counting, I found one woman attending, and she works for Autodesk.

An IRC channel has been set aside for those who want to participate: #geofoundation at

If you want to be up on the latest discussions before the meeting, review the latest discussions on the Foundation website.

There’s a new informal poll regarding naming going on, too.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 10:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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