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Friday, August 18, 2006

Lee Gomes, technology writer for the Wall Street Journal, recently had the opportunity to explore a large database of key word searches that AOL had released to the general public. Using the 2.27 gigabytes worth of data, he determined the most commonly used word that people use for web searches. Excluding prepositions and conjunctions, "free" was tops on the list. But going a bit deeper, and excluding proper nouns, the next most popular word searches included the following: "lyrics," "county," "school," "city," "home," "state," "pictures," "music," "sale," "beach," "high,", "map," "center" and "sex."

Of these fourteen words, four are explicity linked to geography (county, city, state, map), and two are implicitly linked (high, center). Throw in "home," and "school" which you could also consider as "implied" references to a location, you have eight of the fourteen words containing some geographical reference. This would imply, taken to its logical extreme, that 57% of all searches are by people looking for the location of something. Do you agree? I’d like to hear your feedback on this.

by Joe Francica on 08/18 at 07:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The former chief marketing officer for Space Imaging, and founder and former CEO of LizardTech, will now serve as Technology Ventures Corp’s Entrepreneur in Residence under its Cooperative Agreement with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a program to commercialize national laboratory technologies in partnership with the NNSA.

Recall that LizardTech was one of the more successful Los Alamos National Laboratory spin-offs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/17 at 08:08 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Lebanon County Career and Technology Center (PA) dropped several courses due to lack of interest including graphic arts, computer-aided drafting, and Cisco basic networking. On the flip side?

The loss of the three courses could be offset by the addition of a new course: geospatial technologies, the science involving cartography and global-positioning system, or GPS. If the course is offered, the LCCTC would be the first vo-tech school in the state to offer it, Custer said.

via Lebanon Daily News (PA)

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/17 at 07:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Says the Hampton Roads Daily Press (Virginia)

GPS isn’t just for directions anymore. Hotels and resorts have come up with an assortment of uses for navigation devices.

The article goes on to note hotels/resorts that offer GPS for golf, GPS for runners, geocaching and GPS tracking of skiiers. The hotels didn’t come up with these ideas; others did! The “innovation” here is offering such things at hotels (which is not all that new either, I expect). More valuable for those in our sector, hotels/vacations often offer the chance to try out such devices such that purchases are made later.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/17 at 07:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Geography Professor Mark Homer of Florida State University and doctoral student Joni Downs will conduct a series of computational GIS-based experiments that simulate a hurricane striking selected cities in Florida. Homer received a $64,760 National Science Foundation grant to develop “new spatial map models to be used in disaster relief.” The models will suggest the distribution of relief goods and services based on hurricane severity and the availability of existing services and demand. Horner will compare the performance of the new approach to that using existing approaches.

via Florida State University

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/17 at 06:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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