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Monday, December 25, 2006

IT Conversations posted a podcast of Raj Singh’s talk from that event title “GeoHacking that Scales.” He begins by noting that probably 90% of attendees don’t know about OGC, and tries to fill the gap. (I consult to OGC.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/25 at 02:35 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

IDG reports that Google tallied the top searches done its site in Japan. The results, “maps” were the top request. But….

that doesn’t necessarily mean good news for Google Inc.‘s own mapping service. A sample search reveals that rival services from Mapion, MapFan Web, Yahoo Maps and local search engine Goo all ranked above Google Maps in the search results.

- Infoworld

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/25 at 09:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An article titled “Google Earth embraced by geologists”  from the San Jose Mercury is making the rounds on Christmas day. Frank Taylor (Google Earth Blog) is quoted and I found this note interesting:

Some of these features are available now; others are under development at places such as the U.S. Geological Survey, which has been a leader in adopting the virtual globe technology.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/25 at 09:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Rachel Magario, a grudate student at Kansas University, is drawing on her experiences learning her way around campus as a blind student to help others. With a $5000 grant from the school’s Endowment and support from the geography faculty and staff she’s exploring how to create maps of the campus, which does not have square blocks like here native Sao Paulo. Her perception of campus, her mental map, is quite different from the reality. The challenge is how to make the map useful for others, allowing for the fact that they too will have a different mental map.

- Lawrence Journal World (Kansas) 

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/25 at 07:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The elves worked busily in the next room. Hammers taped and electric screw drivers buzzed as, the elves feverishly built and assembled billions of toys before Christmas Eve. One elf, the geographical information system specialist, sat at a computer making a GIS map of the houses where children live all over the world. When she clicked on a house on the digital map, the names of the children popped up with a list of what they wanted for Christmas.

Santa said in order to serve growing population, the elves had to acquire computer assisted elfing skills.

- Chico Enterprise Record (California)‘s Interview with Santa

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/25 at 07:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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