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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Update 5/31: A letter from the founder noted this pro-ECO article in the Boston Globe.

—-original post 5/8/07—-

ECO is the Environmental Careers Organization, though it began life as the Center For Environmental Intership Programs, CEIP. ECO aimed to get undergrads and grads, with emphasis on minorities, into internships revolving around environmental issues. I was an intern at Arthur D. Little in 1989 (that was my first real job) and stayed in touch with and support ECO since. I met the founder on several occasions, most recently as the number of interns placed who do GIS grew. I was likely one of the first ECO GIS interns, though I don’t beleive my position had that term in it.

After 35 years the not-for-profit is shut its doors after some legal issues revolving around “ECO’s management of its Federal agreements.” Lots of interns were at EPA, and other agencies. I’m not aware of what went on, but apparently a settlement couldn’t be reached and the Board of Directors decided to close the organization. It’s a sad day for me but I’m proud to be an example of the good work ECO did.

The ECO website offers no indication of the situation, but the forums include posts from concerned, confused and worried current interns. They seem to have received the news before alumni did. I got an e-mail from the CEO today.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/31 at 10:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ted Morgan, CEO and founder of Skyhook Wireless reviews some of the capabilities of the new Loki 2.0. By way of background, Skyhook has developed the Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS), which is the first indoor-outdoor positioning system that utilizes Wi-Fi rather than GPS or cell towers to accurately pinpoint location. Loki is Skyhook’s web-based application for local search by providing a one-button access to location-based content. Loki can be inserted as a toolbar on a Web browser and in version 2.0 has been upgraded to include the capability to send SMS messages with location content as well as an email with a link to a users existing location. Morgan also discusses the use of the technology for social networking and the licensing of Skyhook technology to SiRF Technologies that combine Skyhook’s WPS with SiRF’s GPS technology.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 05/31 at 10:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

InformationWeek reports that the Information Technology and Innovation Forum (ITIF) wants to encourge the establishment of a database of broadband access that would help user’s determine the availability of Internet services. According to the report, "The ITIF argues that a user-generated map would encourage public participation and generate precise local broadband data. The group recommends the creation of a Web site where consumers can automatically test broadband connection speeds and enter that information with other details like their location and monthly costs." The ITIF went on to say that, "With the help of mapping technology such as that offered by Google Maps, the resulting proliferation of data points could very quickly yield a nationwide picture of local broadband deployment, prices and speeds."

by Joe Francica on 05/31 at 09:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Seeking Alpha’s Henry Blodget was at Where. He notes how lots of stuff is cool, but wonders about how money is being made. He notes for example, “The CEO of Platial, for example, Di-Ann Eisnor, raved about how much money there was to be made in made in mash-ups, but offered exactly zero details.” I have to say if she had such details, why share them?

On the other hand, it does feel like we’ve been buzzing about new Web mapping technology for long enough for solid business models to emerge. All I keep hearing is “advertising” and “local search” aka advertising. What about subscriptions? (Motion-based from Garmin has one, for example, for “more features”.) Or, consider that MapQuest’s new API (Flash via ActionScript 3.0) is not free.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/31 at 08:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“The (application) we were able to write ... blows away any Google Maps client.” Jobs said, referring to the Web search company that provided some technology for the map software. “The experience you have using it is unbelievable.”

That comment was made during what some call a historic dual interview alongside Bill Gates.


by Adena Schutzberg on 05/31 at 07:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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