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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

With the New York City Transit strike underway, the New York Times has posted a mashup of car pool staging areas, HOV routes, and reserved arterials. The interesting tidbit here is that the Times is asking readers to share their commuting stories that will be posted to the map. But they are only asking for the zip code in which their commute began. I assume they are being cautious with regard to privacy concerns but it is a little hard to figure how they will communicate much benefit to others if they start with a zip code. Seems like they could have asked for a street intersection to be more useful.

by Joe Francica on 12/20 at 08:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I just want to point out that this headline from several UK publications, regarding Galileo “UK helps to bring sat-nav to the masses” sort of contradicts this one from a blog on GPS: “GPS Enters the Mainstream.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/20 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

To quote Dave Barry - “I’m not making this up!” So says, the New Jersey Times regarding GIS used to manage snow removal in Hamilton Township:

In winters past, the township’s public works employees used Cheez-It crackers on a paper map to track the progress of salt and plow trucks as they wended their way through town during a storm.

To be fair, there is a business side:

By sitting down with a map and determining the routes the plows will take, the township has been able to shave nearly 12 hours off the time it takes to plow every road in the township at least once - from 36 to 24 hours. And at least three hours has been saved on the time it takes to salt all 225 miles of primary roads throughout the township - knocking it down to an hour and a half.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/20 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia reports that NovaLIS, a well-known ESRI third party developer of parcel applications has gone into receivership. According to the article it had more than $3.2 million in government funding and is owned jointly by ESRI Canada and Leica Geosystems. Gary Waters, once of ESRI Charlotte took over as president in late 2000 and left for a VP position at GeoFields just recently.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/19 at 12:08 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The folks at Earth Contest already have a game based on Google Earth. Recently, they announced a Big Game based on a virtual world with prizes that launches in January. Apparently, in both games, players find clues and solve them and try to defeat the GameMaster.

This is all well and good. However, after poking around the website and even looking at something called “tour” I’ve yet to see what the game looks like, what sort of clues are given - basically, anything that would entice me to play it. Sorry folks!

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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