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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Putting data online is a growing trend that started with Google and MapQuest and expanded to other Web sites, Cpl. Wyant said.

—Cpl. Denise Wyant paraphrased in the Frederick (MD) News-Post

Gee and we’ve been putting data online as long as the Web’s been around! And, we’ve been putting mapped data up there almost as long! I have no isuse that Google (recent) and MapQuest (early player) had an impact, especially recently.

Also of note about the city putting its crime data online:

The map is updated twice a month and displays the location and types of crimes in the county for the past three months.

I wonder if the community will insist the data be posted more often?

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 08:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, May 22, 2006

Ok, I admit it, I ignored all those stories in the past few weeks about finding Anna Kournikova’s favorite places. I had mashup overload and didn’t care to read about another. And, most of the press involved a headline with the term “stalker” in it, so it sounded, well, illicit.

But, I missed a key point about this mashup: Microsoft is behind it. Yep, it’s advertising to draw in users. (See stats here to see why this is somewhat humorous!)

It’s clearly not aimed at me as I’ve only heard of two of the celebs.

Update 5/23: Zillow is getting in on the celebrity/famous TV places act, too!

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/22 at 08:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Per PocketLint:

When it came to travel maps all three lost out to Mapquest, which according to Hitwise gets over 56% of all internet searches in the US. This compares to Yahoo’s 20.5%, Google Maps 7.5% MSN Virtual Earth on 4.3% and Google Earth just 2%.

More detail from the Hitwise blog. (thanks Tim)

I wonder what the stats would look like if they only surveyed geo-geeks?

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/22 at 07:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

What if you made a great map of Chicago neighborhoods? Everyone loved it. It hangs in fire stations and police stations and is sold by Rand McNally. But, then what if you wanted to give it to school children in the city? You’d think that’d be easy, but alas cartographer Christopher Devane ran into Chicago Public Schools system bureaucracy and was eventually issued a and “cease and desist” letter to halt his efforts.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/22 at 07:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Others have offered data layers and tools to put GIS and CAD data onto Google Earth, but I think this is the first service of note specifically aimed at Google Earth. And, I’m not surprised. I mentioned this very topic last week in my keynote in Pennsylvania. I wondered how it would be done.

- Would third parties, like Aerials Express, offer for pay services?

- Would Google license such data making it “free” to user to distinguish its offerings from competitors?

- Would demand from end users or portal owners enhance the use of open standards (see a definition here) by data providers and portal providers?

The market will decide. In the meantime, I do expect to see more data providers offer such services. I think it’s interesting that Aerials Express, which has been in business a while offers the service now via Google and not earlier via other non-GIS portals or via things like ArcWeb services. I think this “universal platform” suggests potential profits beyond those of previous sites/clients/services. On the other hand, should standards really get enmeshed in this new world of geography (neogeography - ack!) Aerials Express (and everyone else!) can, with virtually no work, serve up data to any provider or end user on any platform.

See also: Stephan Geens on the topic.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/22 at 06:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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