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Monday, January 23, 2006

This is the stuff I dream about: I run into a great use of sensor technology (warning: bright pink text!) and write about it. Now, it’s in an AP article. The joys of specialized media!

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/23 at 11:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ah, the saga of Tiger Telematics subsidiary that produced a hand held gaming device… Why should we in geospatial care? The product Gizmondo has a GPS chip in it and promised to be the future of location-based gaming. The big game for the console, Colours, a gang territory game, was supposed to be a killer. So far as I know, it has yet to come out.

And, in the meantime money problems have pushed the company Gizmondo to file for administration (much like bankruptcy) in Europe. I’m no gamer, but I didn’t read a single review that said this platform had much to offer.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/23 at 11:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Albany Times Union, MapInfo’s local paper, has a brief article about the company’s ownership and a quote from a financial writer saying it could be in a battle at some point.

Two out-of-town money managers have large equity stakes in MapInfo Corp., and James Altucher, a writer for RealMoney.com who also is a hedge fund manager, says the company could eventually become “fair game for a battle” along with a handful of other companies he’s watching.

I’m not sure why this was brought up since in the filings before its annual meeting (to be held on February 16) suggest no big fireworks.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/23 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A Japanese company offers an online service to create custom Google Maps to put on your website, include wtih invitations and the like. (press release) You use a little online “drawing package” to post pins with information, draw lines and the like and then are presented with some HTML for a webpage or a URL to share.

I had a bit of trouble with the pause tool, which ideally stops a command so you can do map operations (zoom out, pan, etc.) then continue, but overall I was pretty impressed. Here’s the map I made of where my running club meets. (I had to remove it as it was breaking something in the blog software. It’ll be back as soon as possible. -Adena)

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/23 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Jeff Perkel writes in his blog at The Scientist about two sites that reveal patterns in the distribution of fish and ants. They are Google Maps/Earth mashups and he notes that they are key in sharing scientitific information.  He goes on:

I expect we’ll see more specimen collections making their way onto Google Earth and Google Maps. That’s because they are, at heart, basically just data presentation tools, more akin to Adobe Acrobat than to desktop GIS systems.

I agree.

While I love that these and related mashups are seemingly easy to create and bring a new light to data, I’ll prod that scientists need to demand more. Why should they have to convert their data to KML, which is slowly becoming a de facto standard? Why should they not be able to reach out to any map server and overlay that data right on top, at will? That’s the vision of those who are looking further ahead. And, maybe Google is too, now that it’s joined the OGC.

C’mon scientists, let’s think beyond what Google has given us! Demand a higher level of interoperability.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/23 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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