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Thursday, June 15, 2006

If you are sick of the geo guys going on about Where 2.0, check out Wired‘s coverage. Among other things they give Don Cooke the prize for best slides - he showed the path of bus (on which he was riding in Thailand) captured via GPS, even as it flipped. (Don always has a good story and I’m pleased he’s back to tell the tale!)

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 12:21 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

For those still teasing out how turning code open source (we’ve seen Autodesk and SRC do so lately) works, check out this discussion noting that ““Open Source” is not a Marketing Term.” Some good stuff about the different business models and how to tell if the so-called open source really is.

via Slashdot

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 11:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I tell this story a lot since it clearly made an impression on me. In high school we had a test on Shakespeare. It was the kind where you get a quote and have to identify who said it in which play. I think we’d read three plays, so it wasn’t that tough. Still, one quote stumped me. On the way home from school I recalled that my mother, a librarian, had told me that if I think a book about something should exist, it probably did. So, I headed into the Winchester Public Library reference department. (Reference librarians know EVERYTHING!) I said something on the order of “I think there should be a book of all the words in Shakespeare that tells who said them in what play. Does that exist?” Yes, I was told, it was called a “concordance” and if I wanted I could also find books like that that indexed the Bible, Tokein and other major works.

I was recounting this story to Mom the other day. She didn’t quite recall it. We eventually got to her question if the same was true about websites, that is, if she thinks there should be a website about something does it likely exist? Apparently today it is true: Google launched an interactive concordance of Shakespeare, that integrates Google Earth and other goodies.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 10:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Forbes hits the nail on the head based on some of the coverage I’ve been reading, including that from my colleague Joe Francica. The way to make money on a mashup is to do something cool and hope someone buys you!

A handful of folks have figured out how to turn this stuff into a potentially profitable operation—real estate startup, for instance, is built on the back of Microsoft’s map data. But the rest seem to be counting on the Web 2.0 business model: Build something cool and hope someone big buys you.

Greg Sterling suggests that’s unlikely for the majority. He addresses making money, specifically how Yahoo and MapQuest see it at Search Engine Watch blog.
Also worth a look: a little slide show from Where 2.0 - link at end of article.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 10:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’m not sure if this is advertising for the author, the technology, or what, but it is odd. Wired runs a story about how a new author used an in-car navigation system to enhance his 11 bookstore book tour to 106 bookstores. Says author J.A. Konrath:

I could punch in Borders or Barnes & Noble or Waldenbooks and it would not only find all of the ones within 50 miles for me, it would give me their phone numbers so I could call them first, from the car, to let them know I was coming This could not have been done even three years ago. The fact that you could do it now was absolutely mind blowing for me.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 10:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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