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Friday, June 02, 2006

A Detroit Free Press article does homage to Tele Atlas. This time after noting the importance of GPS and the folks who drive the streets it shares these coming attractions in navigation:

GPS in cell phones: Already offered by some providers, including Sprint and Verizon. Prices top out at $10 a month for services that can tell you, turn-by-turn, directions and find businesses.

Turn left at Taco Bell? Instead of directional turning, navigation systems are starting to use landmarks, like restaurants, in addition to street names to tell people where to go.

Picture your intersection: Eventually navigation systems will show you a photo of the intersection where you need to turn.

Up to the minute: Real-time traffic data delivered to Web sites and wireless phones.

Nothing too revoluntionary, but its nice to see it in print.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/02 at 07:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

From the recently completed National Spelling Bee:

“topographize” meaning to map

Arkansas spelling champion McKinley Hudson got that one right before being eliminated.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/02 at 06:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“When you stop a terrorist, they have a map of New York City in their pocket. They don’t have a map of any of the other 45 places that get funding.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacting to the funding cuts in Homeland Security for the city

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/02 at 06:52 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

With all the buzz about citizens contributing to online maps it’s nice to hear of a community mapping program that seems to get local residents together to collaborate on their maps. Consider the Alliance for a Better Georgina (ABG) which has undertaken a community mapping plan for local towns. (

The second and third maps in the series cover Pefferlaw and Udora (the pilot was done for Baldwin) and are part of the Georgina Community Mapping Project, a program of the non-profit, volunteer ABG. The hardcopy (and someday online) maps feature “the historical, cultural and environmental features most valued by residents.” The project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and has several partners, including public and private players. Proceeds from the sales of maps go to local project. Even better? The maps will debut at local ice cream socials. You can’t do that online!

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/02 at 06:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The West Virginia Statewide Addressing and Mapping Board terminated its contract with microDATA GIS of St. Johnsbury, Vt. (Charleston Gazette) to create rural addresses. County officials noted missed deadlines and work with errors. The company was to finish the project, for which its already been paid about $3 million, by the end of this year. There was also discussion of a formal compliant or lawsuit.

The two parties had been in mediation in the past. It’s not clear how the addressing will be completed at this point, but another contractor may be hired.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/02 at 06:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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