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Friday, May 26, 2006

This time it’s POB (Point of Beginning). BNP Media chose not NextBook, with which I’m familiar, but a similar product, Digital Magazine, to put the latest issue online. Like NextBook you can flip pages, skip ahead and click on ads to jump to company webpages. You can’t e-mail it, print it or copy and past text, however. You can, unlike NextBook, drag the page around (think Google Maps). I’m still not a fan of reading what looks like a magazine on the Web.

It’s unclear if the electronic version will complement/replace the existing print publication. The entire text of the print publicatoin has been online for the past few years, so far as I know, but this is the first time its offered in this format.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/26 at 05:26 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Northern LA County (California) volunteers have mapped trails running through the area as part of an effort to connect trails that crisscross city and county land. In some areas, the trails haven’t been mapped in a dozen years, according to an article in LA Daily News. The Regional Planning Commission tentatively approved the maps (not sure what that means) and post them online as PDFs. (Click on Agendas, then scroll to the very bottom for links for the two valleys mapped.)

As usual, there were a few complaints from land owners who feared trails that cross their property might force it to revert to public domain.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/26 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’m not a fan of awards for award’s sake, but the fact that Spatial India magazine (of which I’ve not heard but which begain publishing in Feb 2005) gives away Indian Geospatial Awards annually is another indication GIS is alive and growing in India.

Who won?

National Remote Sensing Agency professional surveyor, L R A Narayan received the Lifetime Achievement Award his extraordinary contributions in the fields of surveying, cartography, photogrammetry and remote sensing applications.

Rolta India was named the Geospatial Company of the Year while the Ministry of Agriculture received the Award of Excellence for Geospatial Usage for “its enthusiasm and commitment in utilising geospatial technologies through the implementation of Crop Acreage and Production Estimation project across the country.” The award was also given to the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare and the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, also received an excellence award for using GIS on an HIV project.

In conjuction with the awards, Spatial India offers a first: an Indian Geospatial Industry survey.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/26 at 06:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Actually, mashups are part of a college course called Invisible Cities, a first year course at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The class’ website offers up “different ways to see the city” and the students behind it"hope the information in the mash-ups will be useful to Hartford residents, empowering them by making their city more visible.”

So, was this course taught by geographers? Nope! “The Invisible Cities course is being led by Dan Lloyd, Professor of Philosophy, Rachael Barlow, Social Science Data Coordinator and Caroline Milano, TA, with the assistance of David Tatem, Academic Computing Specialist.”


by Adena Schutzberg on 05/25 at 07:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a short product overview of the pricy Pioneer’s AVIC-Z1 in the New York Times a feature I’d not run into before is offered: the ability to learn the drivers shortcuts. Interestingly, the system also builds a library of music/video from the CD/DVDs/MP3 you play in the car. I guess learning short cuts for the drive is in the same family of “copying.”

My initial thought: If I know the shortcut why would I need to tell it to the nav system? My response to myself: Well, if someone else used the car, they could take advantage of it. My second response: Gee what if we could upload and share those shortcuts and maybe have an algorithm evaluate them to see which best saved time, turns, red lights. etc. Ok, maybe I’m dreaming…

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/25 at 06:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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