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Monday, November 20, 2006

Nokia’s research project, called Mobile Augmented Reality Applications (MARA), overlays information on a view captured by a cell phone. Using GPS, accelerometers and a database a shot of streetscape might be populated with links to a restaurant’s menu, a person’s blog, historical information about a building, etc. At this point, there are no plans for commercialization.

- Tech Review

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 07:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I suppose since National Geographic is behind Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, it’s not suprising that “national” or a term like it is becoming attached to the event name. It’s disturbing since it puts the event perhaps in the same class as National Pickle Week. I for one am pleased we don’t force other nations into an International Pickle Week (that’s in May), but GIS Day is international, based on the events held.

“The annual GIS Fair at Carson High School that coincides with National GIS Day.” The same paper notes it as International in another article. “Worcester County celebrated its first International GIS Day on Wednesday.”

- Nevada Appeal

“In conjunction with nation GIS Day on Nov. 15, students in teacher Ryan Revel’s science class got their hands on the software to solve some introductory problems before they embark on an in-depth hurricane and weather analysis later in the year.” That article begins with this heady statement: “Geographic Information Systems may be known best for its role in the popular Google Earth program, but eighth graders at Sussex Central Middle School are getting a chance to conduct their own investigations with the geographic-reference computer system that essentially creates interactive maps—among a number of other functions.”

- Delmarva Daily Times

The same paper describes the event as international: “Worcester County celebrated its first International GIS Day on Wednesday.”

- Delmarva Daily Times

In West Virginia, the day was not national, but it was not GIS Day, either. “Marshall students, faculty and other professionals discussed a different way of looking at the world on Wednesday with Geospatial Day in the Memorial Student Center.”

- Herald Dispatch (WV)

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 06:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Randall Stross, a professor of business at San Jose State University, pens a piece for the New York Times about location privacy. It highlights the new Helio, a phone aimed at younger folks, and how the user must manually update his or her position; otherwise it sends out an “old” one. Deeper down David Mark is quoted about how legislation will likely be adopted. I think he’s quite right.

But, he added, it would probably take a “horrific incident involving a celebrity” before legislators paid attention [and thus enacted legilstation purging location information]. 

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/20 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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