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Friday, May 26, 2006

Someone had to do it. A duo with Russian-sounding names launched Wikimapia.org—modestly described as not just another mashup, but a project to help describe the whole planet Earth.

At the time of my trial (a few minutes ago) the system required no registration—anyone can add a place on the map and describe it. I already saw signs of abuse. The site is powered by the Google Maps engine, and has a Flickr-like interface for saving descriptions and tags (keywords).

I will be watching for signs that the general population is (or is not) already tired of consumer online mapping aplications.

From the laconic “About” document:

How to use
Just move the map to find interesting places, click on rectangles. To add an interesting place or object use Add New link. Small rules: please add places with interest to other people.

Who We Are
Wikimapia was created by Alexandre Koriakine and Evgeniy Saveliev, inspired by Google maps and WikiPedia.

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

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
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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
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