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Friday, January 13, 2006

Radio IP Software, which offers wireless data connectivity middleware mostly for public safety and utilities, announced via a press release “its partnership with the Research Chair in Geobusiness at the Universite de Sherbrooke.”

Radio IP joins with twelve other private and public firm committing funds totalling two million dollars over a five year period. Nice!

More details on the chair are in this release from the university.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, January 12, 2006

In prior blog entries, we’ve noted some applications of mapping for the iPod, in which Apple Computer was not too happy. Now, today comes word from Reuters that Apple filed for a trademark for "Mobile Me" a mark to cover a variety of "computing" and "mobile" devices. It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft moved their MapPoint Group into their mobility division. Is Apple positioning to do the same? Will it be long before we see "MacIntosh Maps" or "iPod POIs"? Cupertino is just down the street from Mountain View. I wonder if Steve Jobs needs directions to Google.

by Joe Francica on 01/12 at 03:56 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

[Caution…slight ranting involved] For months we’ve been covering Google Earth, Live Local, mashups, etc. For us geospatial geeks, this is the greatest thing since Atlas Graphics (remember that wonderful DOS program) or at least cookie dough ice cream. But now, nearly 10 months down the road, Internet time tells us that we are peering into the "chasm" a la Geoffrey Moore. It’s time to get hard numbers on the adoption of these wonderful tools and determine if real businesses are using this technology. I’ve heard so much anecdotal evidence during this period that I’ve just got to understand if real businesses and real government agencies are using the APIs and doing real work. Have you done something unique for your business or government agency? I dare you to post it to our web mapping gallery. Our publishing group is in the business of reporting news of good technology that helps users do good work. I’m not interested in a pet locator, the nearest bar, or friend finder apps. Post an application that uses an API from Google, Yahoo, MapQuest or Microsoft. We usually run a contest during the year on web mapping but that may come later. What have you got now? Show me the money! Also, if you have some other anecdotal evidence to share or maybe some hard numbers on the number of geospatially challenged people who have come to you as a geo-geek to ask about Google, et. al., write to me directly or post a comment with the blog…thanks…Joe

by Joe Francica on 01/12 at 03:15 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Danny at Search Engine Watch explains that ClickZ posits that Google is testing sponsored blue pins on Maps as “sponsored ads.” Yes, I see blue pins on the map that correspond to sponsored links at the top of the results list for New York hotels. ClickZ’s Parker says its normal for Google to test such things without announcing them.

Google said we should expect this in time, so it should be no big shock.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 12:43 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a prototype only briefly described, Microsoft has created a system that allows users to add and maintain geospatial data relevant to their community. Microsoft Research India and the Department of Science and Technology have collaborated for the last year on the project which offers a multilingual interactive digital map of India as well a more detailed map of Bangalore.

Says the release: “Microsoft Research India and the Department of Science and Technology plan to leverage experiences from this prototype to develop effective countrywide mechanisms for spatial data creation, collection and dissemination that can be useful in a number of ways, such as for disaster management.”

And, based on my discussions with Stephen Lawlor of Microsoft regarding Live Local, which is similarly built on Virtual Earth, don’t be surprised to see similar tools available down the road.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 11:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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