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Thursday, May 11, 2006

I read a post to discussion board that sounded odd. It basically said, “Hey anyone signed up for the Tele Atlas developer network?” I thought it odd since I’d never heard of it. It doesn’t appear Tele Atlas has officially announced the program.

I Googled the program name and found a host of similar posts on all sorts of boards - gaming, developer, cell phone, etc. Here’s the text of one from April 21:

I work with Tele Atlas and they are launching a new program called DeveloperLink that offers free access to Tele Atlas map data and prototyping tools to assist developers in the software development process. It’s a great fit with mobile phone technology as GPS’s penetration and demand for location based software (LBS) increases. Because 65% of LBS applications are based on Tele Atlas data, DeveloperLink will be an invaluable resource to assist you in the development of your mobile phone applications. Anyone can apply and it’s free to join, so I strongly encourage you to sign up: Let me know what you think once you have had a chance to check it out, we appreciate your input.

I’m not comfortable with this marketing approach from a classy company like Tele Atlas.

The actual site has a few more requirements and notes your app needs approval.

To become a member, you must represent a legal entity – such as a corporation, LLC, or university – and certify that you intend to develop a geographically enabled application. If your organization meets those criteria, all you need to do is complete the online application and agree to our terms of use. Once your application has been approved, you’ll be given immediate access to all of the program’s resources.


by Adena Schutzberg on 05/11 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I admit it, I didn’t even know it was Google Press Day on Wednesday. I wasn’t invited. Ralph Grabowski knew about it. Here are some geo tidbits from his extensive coverage:

Google Maps API [applications programming interface] is the most popular of Google APIs.

Stuff we inthe media might have missed:
- Google Pack (not missed, just uninteresting)
- Google Maps for Mobile (don’t have a device that it works with)...

Q: Will real-time images of weather be possible on Google Earth?
A: It would be wonderful, but is unlikely to happen soon because of the number of satellites required.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/11 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

For those of you who missed the Oracle Spatial Special Interest Group (SIG) in Tampa two weeks ago, you can now view the speaker presentations online at the Oracle Spatial website.

Members of the Austalian SIG conducted a meeting of their group in February and their presentations have also been posted.

Also, for those interested in joining the SIG, the group has formalized its relationship and is now part of the larger Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). The Spatial SIG has also appointed a new board as follows:

  Kevin Kelly, Cuyahoga Couty, Ohio, Chair
  Robin Parrish, eSpatial, Vice Chair
  Sean Solberg, Power Min-Max, Technical Chair
  Fred Limp, Univ. of Arkansas, Secretary
  Stephen Brockwell, Autodesk, Business Leadership
  David Lapp, Farallon and Joe Seppi, Michael Baker, Communications
  Richard Clement, State of Alaska, Technical Liason
  Jim Ried, ADCi, Membership
  Jim Steiner, Oracle Representative

by Joe Francica on 05/10 at 05:10 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A report from E3 (the gaming show) going on this week speaks to a new location-based “kill your friends” sort of game called PhoneTag. Sounds cool, but the author keenly identifies a key problem with multi-player, multi-geography games.

Fun though it is to imagine people romping through the streets virtually blasting each other, Amp’d will need to put serious marketing behind PhoneTag to ensure it has lots of players from day one. The kiss of death for any location-based game is yawning gaps with nobody to shoot or play against. Amp’d plans to run daily and weekly games, as well as a three-month grand tournament. The latter is intruiging - what happens if the final two players are hundreds of miles apart?

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/10 at 09:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The two professional organizations will co-locate their conferences in 2008. ACSM has had much consternation of late among it divisions and certainly there have been calls for the major GIS conferences to “hook up.” These two orgs were key players in the now defunct GIS/LIS.

The combined conference is set for March 9-12, at the Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, Wash.

The two organizations plan to merge their exhibit halls and combine selected networking events while running their educational programming separately.

Neither org has the release on its website (WHY?). We have the release here.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/10 at 09:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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