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Monday, January 02, 2006

Update 1/3/05: The program is online here. Oh, and Directions Editor in Chief Joe Francica called in to offer his take on the business side of the geospatial Web.

Boston’s WBUR will host an hour on the “The New Sense of Place,” during the second hour of its “On Point” program on Tuesday, January 3rd at 11 am EST. One of the discussants will be Mike Liebhold from the Institute for the Future (and the keynote speaker at our Location Intelligence conference). Also on: Christopher Allen, founding partner, Counts Media - creators of the Yellow Arrow project and Peter Morville, author of Ambient Findability, review here (Slashdot).

The official blurb from the show: “In the 2nd Hour, On Point, Host Tom Ashbrook considers the new geo-spatial networks soon to be all around, connecting you to your world in ways few might have ever imagined.”

The show is broadcast on many stations or you can listen live via streaming from WBUR. After airing, the shows are available for listening online, or downloading as podcasts, so don’t worry if you should miss it.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/02 at 01:54 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Baron Services will be exhibiting an in-vehicle system to display real-time weather data. According to a story in the Huntsville Times, Baron is teaming with XM Satellite Radio to launch Weather Advisor, which uses radar, soil temperatures, and National Weather Service forecasts. The service is a variation of an exiting service sold to the marine and commerical aviation markets called WxWorx. Baron hopes to launch the service next fall for about $15 per month.

by Joe Francica on 01/02 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

As a one-time Chicagoan, I found this review on the Chicagoist website of the new Illinois DOT directions and mapping website very interesting. The author makes it clear at the outset what he wants: ” We thought we’d give it a spin to see if it can hang with the likes of MapQuest or Google Maps, with its horde of hacker spinoffs.” Bottom line after some criticism of extents (Illinois only), interface (can’t match AJAX) and complexity (far too many options): “Chicagoist sees no reason to ditch Google or Yahoo Maps for Getting Around Illinois.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/02 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Bangkok Post had a confusing article (I suspect this is in part a language issue) about a new satellite imagery product Digital Thailand expected in the new year. It’ll be delivered both via the Web and on CD, and be comparable to Google Earth. The source of the imagery is unclear, but sensitive areas will be obscured. The initiative is a partnership between Chulalongkorn University and the Office of Space Technology Development and Geographical Information Technology “which supplies the maps.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/02 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In what’s being called a “collaboration” by the local paper, The Republican, Google Earth (a piece of software) and Northampton, Mass. (a city) are making a avialable local data for that city. Two local real estate agents are funding the purchase of “software from Google Earth.” (The city is looking for one more sponsor, if anyone is interested.) My best guess on what was purchased? Google Earth Pro and the GIS extension.

The city has a nice long list of KMZ files it hosts including bike paths, flood planes, zoning, etc. (I had to update the install of Google Earth I had to access the data.) Shape files are also available for those with GIS software. Other maps are available as PDFs, for those who do not want to “make their own maps.” A bit of history: A press release from 2002 boasts of Northampton’s use of BeyondGeo to publish its geospatial data on the Web.

So, what does this mean for Google Earth displacing other mapping services, like BeyondGeo? (I can’t think of many that were really successful.) Will Google Earth be the tool of choice, vs. say the easier for many citizens to use Google Maps mashups? (That’d be too bad, in my estimation, as GE is a bit much to ask many folks to navigate.) How many small and large cities will head down the this path? (Clearly, some will. Let’s keep an eye on which ones, and how far they go!) Welcome to 2006!

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/02 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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