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Monday, January 28, 2008

You may have heard that Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is launching a new daily online publication: “The Root.” Per the press release it “blends intelligent, thought-provoking discussion of issues from a variety of black perspectives and a round-up of news from around the world with an interactive genealogical section, creating a unique online destination devoted to the black experience.” But, it’s more than a magazine:

“The Root” hosts an interactive section to trace genealogy and heritage, enabling users to participate in a genealogy test through AfricanDNA.com, co-owned by FamilyTreeDNA. Readers will also have the opportunity to build and map family trees using software developed by Avencia.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/28 at 07:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Google Lat Long blog noted a new viewer so anyone can watch changes the company’s map database, in something like real time. While it’s fun to watch the little bubbles pop up (you zoom around the map as do; most I saw were about an hour old), I’m thinking of questions I’d like to ask about the edits:

Who’s doing them?
What’s getting moved most - residences? businesses?
Do certain geographies get more edits?
Do edits jump at certain times of day? Times of year?
What’s the relationship of the geography of the editor to the geography being edited?

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/28 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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