The article highlights the importance of the company joining OGC, but does not mention Microsoft was a member in the past. That makes this comment give me pause.
OGC Chairman and chief executive officer David Schell told GCN that Microsoft’s decision to join OGC represents a major change in the industry. In its early years, OGC was supported primarily by developers of geospatial tools for vertical markets, such as ESRI and Autodesk. The recent addition of Google and now Microsoft represents a sea change, according to Schell.
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 08:40 AM |
A proposal from renowned Australian drug researcher, Michael Ashenden at a conference yesterday suggests that elite athletes wear tracking devices so anti-doping authorities can find them and test them for doping. Now athletes must report their whereabouts to authorities. If they can’t be contacted for three days they are marked as failing the drug test. Groups representing athletes were not too pleased.
- Sydney Morning Herald
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 08:26 AM |
YourStreet launches today and aims to not only locate visitors, but also provide them news about their neighborhood. The company claims to have a better algorithm to do that than many others who’ve been down the path of hyperlocal news. It also uses MetaCarta’s tools. The investment? Thus far just $400,000. The business model - for now Google AdSense ads, but eventually, that’s right, hyperlocal ads.
My trial went ok - it put me in Boston, but I needed to key in my ZIP to get to my neighborhood. Once there I found many “article” icons with sources from the local Somerville Journal and blogs from the city. As I panned the Google Map sources changed - as I headed toward Tufts University sources popped up from that’s school’s paper. I could add stories to the map, comment and note myself as a neighbor. The interface is slick - but the maps is a bit small such that the popups of lists of stories are easily cut off if there are more than a few articles. There’s options at the top of map to sort stories by time: today’s, the past week, past month, etc. I’d rate it better than most attempts in this space. One to watch.
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 07:52 AM |
You can read of the challenges in getting information and making it available online in a CIO Insight article which focuses on the Center for Information Technology and Infrastructure (CITI), run out of the San Diego State University (SDSU) Visualization Center. It hosted KPBS’ mapping efforts.
Among the quotes, is one from managing online editor at KPBS Leng Caloh:
“I thought, ‘So it is actually possible to take the county data and overlay it over a Google map? OK, so how come this isn’t automatically done in an emergency?’”
- CIO Insight
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 07:00 AM |
Mash-ups and other Web 2.0 tools took center stage at many California media outlets this week as they tried to keep up with the latest information on the fires in that state and serve it to readers. The efforts were truly spectacular, and one My Maps implementation became a Web favorite (1.2 million views) as well as a resource for first responders. This week we look at those efforts and look ahead to what might be done better in the future. The podcast is 16 minutes long and was recorded on October 29, 2007.
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by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 01:00 AM |