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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Just in case you missed it, Wired provides the details.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 06:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GPS Business Review notes that “German phone directory Das Oertlich has launched last week Ö-Navi, a free off-board navigation solution powered by Jentro with an advertising-based business model.” Ludovic Privatcorrectly points out: “Wireless operators competing on this market will have to re-think their strategy accordingly: whether to partner with these competitors or decrease their prices and launch value added services if they want to maintain a subscription-based model.”

Remember all the ad-based free wireless? That still around? Is this in the same league?

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 06:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If you have some time to read a long future-painting article about the potential of hyperlocal by Bruce Sterling, check out Wired. Nothing earthshattering to me, but good to see it getting coverage in the right places. And, Mr. Sterling is funny.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 06:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In another step for EAST (Environmental And Spatial Technology) down in Arkansas, students not only mapped out bus routes with GPS, but testified before the legislative Academic Facilities Oversight Committee in Little Rock. Too bad the reporter doesn’t get GPS.

In testimony before the legislative Academic Facilities Oversight Committee, students Ryan Murphy, Jon Thompson and Morgan Reddmann described their project to use Global Positioning System, or GPS, satellite images to map the bus routes in the Harrisburg School District.

- The Morning News (Northwest Arkansas)

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 05:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Navarro County Commissioners Court met on Monday night of this week and, to my great pleasure, a resident raised some of the questions posed in our comments. From the local paper:

[Discussion of the proposed county civil engineer who might also update the GIS] brought a question from county resident Joe Hazewski, who asked whether a civil engineer was required to do that particular task.

“There are other costs to consider other than salary,” Hazewski added, citing such items as an office, a vehicle and other start-up costs of a new position. “You don’t need a civil engineer to do GIS.”

Others raised issues related to other more taxing matters that might be solved before such a position was created. The Court tabled the discussion pending more research into such a position.

—- original post 6/25/07—-

I’m asking since I don’t the answer. This comes up because Navarro County (TX) commissioners are to be asked to look into hiring a county civil engineer with the thought he or she will update the count GIS.

[County Judge H.M.] Davenport said the engineer’s position would also play a vital role in the GIS mapping program, being able to update information contained in the mapping system and other agencies, such as the appraisal district, can be notified.

- Corsican Daily Sun

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 05:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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