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Thursday, June 01, 2006

In what I suspect will lead to patent infringement lawsuits, the US Patent office granted @Road patents for:

a system and method for “Dynamic server managed profiles for mobile users”


a system and method for “Playing of audio via voice calls initiated from visual navigation”

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/01 at 09:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Each year for as far back as I can recall Tele Atlas and ESRI have offered a few scholarships to the ESRI Education User Conference (held in conjunction with its bigger brother, the ESRI User Conference) for educators. I like to think lots of people apply, but I don’t know.

So, a reminder here to let your geospatial educator friends know about this opportunity. Five educators (primary, secondary, college, university, library, museum) from the U.S. and Canada will get free admission and $400 travel stipend. And, they need only answer five questions to apply.

I’ve always been a huge fan of the ESRI education team and this conference within a conference is offers a great environment for sharing.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/01 at 08:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Many states track convicted pedophiles using GPS devices once they are released from incarceration. Many have free reign throughout the day and some end up in places that cater to children like Chuck E. Cheese. Apparently, the children’s pizza and game emporium does not allow adults to enter without children and uses handstamps to be sure children leave with the “right” adult. But still, extra adults find their way in.

So, that led one legislator in Massachusetts, State Rep. Marie Parente to explore legislation that would “require places that cater primarily to children be equipped with alarms that go off when someone wearing a GPS device enters.”

I find it ironic that the device being used to track people is now being used in another fashion to track them yet again.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/01 at 07:52 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thanks to a comment posted after my note of the fighting between an Illinois map maker and the Chicago Public Schools regarding his map, I dug deeper. You can read “the rest of the story” at Directions Magazine.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/01 at 07:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Pretty much all the smart people I know have told me the same thing when I try to “get to the bottom” of some geospatial (or other) story. Here’s one money story that was out in the open today.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Verizon Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications) has provided a $20,000 grant to the Virginia Public Access Project to map campaign donations. VPAP is working with Virginia Commonwealth University “to map campaign donations to the zip code level and election results to the precinct level.” The project requires another $30,000 to be completed before the 2007 elections.

So, why would the foundation want to fund this sort of work? And, why does this mashup cost $50,000?

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/01 at 07:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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