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Friday, September 30, 2005

At NSGIC this week, George Lee of USGS shared that Microsoft and USGS, who signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) in 1996 to develop TerraServer, are ready for more. In particular, they are inviting federal agencies, states and local governments to publish their imagery via TerraServer. States, including New York and Florida, are already developing pilots, though the New York one, which he hoped to demonstrate, was not yet ready.

Lee explained that the public domain data would stay in the public domain (just as the current data served by Microsoft does) and that administrative tools would be in place to “turn off” data that might be considered sensitive. Beyond that, he noted these benefits to those who might participate: free hosting, free Internet browsing by the public, free OGC-compliant Web Map Service, free backup of data, acknowledgment of ownership and more. Frankly, the whole thing seems too good to be true. And there is a twist: the data is part of TerraServer, now part of the MapPoint Business Unit, and thus part of Microsoft Virtual Earth. So, it’s entirely possible it might end up in a “local search” done for local pizza joints. Details are being worked out (contact your local USGS liaison to discuss) but this is most intriguing.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 07:49 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Mobile carriers have stopped looking at location-based services as a possible premium service, according to a panel of wireless carriers at the CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment tradeshow in San Francisco.”

“Last on the keynote lineup, Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobility Group, joined with a Philips Electronics NV executive to demonstrate a software-defined GPS radio running on an Intel XScale processor. The software runs all the baseband functions of the radio, which normally operate in hardware, the Philips executive said. Philips expects the technology to start appearing in mobile phones next year and also to come soon in notebooks, he said. They demonstrated using the GPS to show where the device and friends’ devices were located on Google Maps.”

“Wherify, a cellphone maker that touts its products’ primary feature—the ability to track, using GPS, the location of any of its phones via a special Web page—but has nothing available for sale in the US.”
PC World

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If you want too keep up on the projects involving these organizations (funding by Google and National Geographic) check out the Global Connection website. These folks put the Katrina imagery into Google Earth, added the National Geographic layer to Google Earth and are exploring gigapixel panoramic images. Google sure has a lot of friends. Thanks to reader Allan for the link.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Holvarty is the “” guy who just joined the Washington Post to work on it online offerings. E&P is Editor and Publisher, the magazine for the newspaper industry. The article is a nice introduction to the “young mappers” as my colleague likes to call them.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The forthcoming book from O’Reilly will cover the now widely used API and get even more people involved with Web 2.0. It’s under development by Schuyler Erle and Rich Gibson, two of the authors of Mapping Hacks and is expected in January 2006.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/29 at 08:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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