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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

“Penn State!”

If you read other geo-blogs there’s a certain pride in announcing how “your school” did in its bowl game. I want to keep up, so, let me note the huge win for the Penn State Nittany Lions last night (after I was asleep) in the Orange Bowl over Florida State. I for one never thought Joe Paterno was over the hill. He’s one great leader and a very classy guy. And, as I was told day one at Penn State: Football helps fund many of the graduate assistantships that allowed people like me to study geography at the school.

And, to make this entry even more geographic, consider this blurb is from the Palm Beach Post‘s coverage of the 20,000 or so Penn Stater who travelled to Florida for the game. “But the number of active alums has more to do with the lasting connection to Happy Valley, which does not exist on a map but stands as a paradise in the hearts of Nittany Lions fans.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/04 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Microsoft usually develops core functionality in-house but news came early yesterday that both MapPoint Web Services and Live Local will now use Group 1’s Geostan product for geocoding. This is a big win for Group 1 and signals a growing trend within the Microsoft to seek out high quality partners in its mapping portfolio thus uping the anty on Google and Yahoo to improve address validation and matching.

by Joe Francica on 01/04 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Steve Chilton, Chair of the Society of Cartographers, sent a note highlighting that mapping will be a topic on BBC Radio today, Tuesday 1/3).

“It is called Shop Talk and focusses on Digital Mapping and Tracking. Contributors include myself (Steve Chilton - Chair of the Society of Cartographers), Ed Parsons (CTO at OS), and staff from Tele Atlas and Navman.

“The programme will be available from the BBC audio archive after the broadcast.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/03 at 06:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

IEEE Spectrum (that is one of those engineer geek magazines my Dad used to get) has an article on the challenges of building GPS-enabled games for cell phones. No new ground really, but an interesting story of the folks behind Gloventures, moving Snake to real world and how early efforts put players out in the bay or in traffic. I suppose these are some of the issues that prevent Gizmondo’s success in GPS.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/03 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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
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