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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

A press release from EarthData of Frederick, MD announces it will provide data to Microsoft’s Live Local (powered by Virtual Earth). It’s a five year deal for new imagery, lidar, and radar data acquisition and map production and give Microsoft access to the company’s archives. “The agreement also includes research, development, and investment to improve production efficiency and develop new product offerings” which I believe means EarthData getting the investment to do those things for Microsoft.

The race is on for the map portal folks to sign on the best and brightest of the aerial imagery companies in exclusive or non-exclusive agreements. Note that only one portal has actually purchased an aerial company: GlobeXplorer acquired AirPhotoUSA earlier this year. I suspect there’ll be more such contracts and acquisitions in 2006.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, December 12, 2005

Larry pointed me to statements from Mike Liebhold, a senior researcher at the Institute for the Future, who’ll be a keynote speaker at our Location Intelligence conference, exploring Microsoft’s privacy policy regarding the “locate me” technology in Live Local. It’s spelled out that Microsoft will use that information in a variety of ways.

Liebold also notes the accuracy of the IP lookup, which found him up in Northern California. Most IP-based tools put him wrongly in San Deigo, in Southern California, where his ISP is located. He’s spooked:

“Clearly Microsoft’s IP location database includes spooky datamined information about users’ actual location that is not normally available by querying the publically accessible databases.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 08:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GIS Corps got further coverage along with the important message that mapping is valuable both right after and in the long term after disasters via an article from the Dallas Morning News.

Since then, mapping has played a key role in the hurricane recovery effort, from identifying areas in need of debris removal to locating the sites identified as needing relief supplies or FEMA trailer units.

“We wouldn’t be able to place these units without the maps,” said Frank Kelly of Bechtel, who coordinates delivery of FEMA trailers from the county’s emergency operations base in Kiln.

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

There’s a nice update on the GIS work of Mercy Corps in Aceh on the organization’s website. Not surprising that such work is out of the news. I suspect as the anniversary of the event rolls around, we’ll see more coverage.

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

Good, it’s not just me: I could not get Live Local to show me the front of my house, so I welcome this mini-tutorial from the Virtual Earth blog. Bonus points for this statement: ” A lot of bloggers are talking about the new Birds Eye view in the latest release of Virtual Earth. but I get the feeling that a lot of people haven’t discovered the rotation feature yet. I guess that means we need to work on making it more apparent in the UI grin

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