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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

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

[update 1/18] A reviewer of the site writing in the Mercury News was not impressed:

“After I worked through the confusing process of locating, downloading and installing the browser, I found the 3-D interface slow and frustrating. When I want information on the Arctic, I don’t want to wait while a globe gradually turns toward the north.”

[Original post]

Digital Universe is a vision of Joe Firmage who got the idea from watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos a few decades back according to MSNBC. The online “galactic encyclopedia” pilot goes live today and is hoped to be the “PBS of the Web,” run by a non-profit. Funding will c ome from premium services but much of the content, rich 3D, will be free to all. For now it requires a specific browser (ManyOne’s customized version of the Mozilla Web) but later will be accessible in standard ones.

Firmage has a host of folks behind him including Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger and astrophysicist Bernard Haisch, NASA, ESRI and the National Council for Science and the Environment. Another GIS connection: “climate specialist Robert Corell, who presided over the National Science Foundation’s Earth sciences program for 13 years.” He was on the OGC board of directors for some time.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/17 at 07:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, January 16, 2006

It seems the little blue ad pins Google was testing last week have since been removed. So, if you didn’t see them last week, you’ll have to wait - since they are sure to show up in some form in the future. I read about the removal at Google Map Mania and confirmed it for myself for the area of New York where I saw them last.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/16 at 04:04 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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