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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

At the NAVTEQ Connections conference yesterday in San Francisco, keynote speaker Scott Klososky, a technology futurist, delivered some provocative statements and questions such as "who’s mapping the virtual worlds." He believes that virtual worlds such as Second Life and Journeys (recently reviewed by TechCrunch and APB), have a definite place in business processes such as getting a better understanding of opinions by looking at someone’s avatar, a characteristic that might be revealed in virtual space but not necessarily in the "real world."

With respect to today’s methods of communicating and socializing in a "connected" world and in particular how mobile devices will broadcast location and "status" of availability, Klososky put it in terms of being "on" or "off" the grid. He listed several elements that the "connected" individual might consider in terms of being better informed with his/her network:

1. What am I using in the way of communication tools? Will you be using email, blogs, IM or Twitter?
2. Where am I; what’s my proximity to others? And can I institute a rules-based notification system to tell from friends when I am in their home town?
3. What’s my status? Am I busy, invisible, available?
4. How am I represented? Avatars, profiles in MySpace or LinkedIn.

by Joe Francica on 09/10 at 11:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Andy Allan and Dave Stubbs’ OpenCycleMap which maps bike lanes worldwide won “commendation” (I think that’s like Honorable Mention) while while Thames Estuary Coastal Habitat Atlas won the top prize in the Avenza Award for Electronic Mapping category at the recent British Cartographic Society meeting.

The Ordnance Survey MasterMap award for Better Mapping was not awarded. The judges state: “The problem was not with the quality of the products, but they felt there was minimal or no innovative use of OS MasterMap data.”

Heise Online

Full list of winners

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I guess Autodesk PR is stepping up! This time Government Technology reports on Portsmouth Ohio’s implementation. There’s no mention of MapGuide Open Source.


by Adena Schutzberg on 09/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

From the NAVTEQ Connections conference in San Francisco…NAVTEQ executive VP Jeff Mize revealed some stats about the coming consumer portable navigation device market at Christmas time:
PND Market Growth: The PND is showing strong growth: 20 million units will be sold this year; an 80% growth over last year. 60% of these 20 million units will be priced at less than $200; 90% will be sold from only four manufacturers (Garmin, TomTom have most market share). There is now a very diverse distribution model with PNDs sold in over 35000 retail outlets.

PND market dynamics: Expect aggressive pricing on Black Friday. There will be more emphasis on accessories and add-ons such as map updates, both downloadable and in store, plus text to speech will be a big deal.  Watch for the introduction of private label retailer brands as well as a buzz around connected devices.

by Joe Francica on 09/10 at 03:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Craig Rosa, Interactive Producer of KQED, San Francisco, presents the “cross-platform, cross-editorial program” KQED Quest.  Craig explains how KQED Quest reinforces the message of global environmentalism by educating viewers about their local geography. Craig says Quest’s mantra is: “geo-tag everything.”

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Ed. Note: The Web 2.0 Mapping and Social Networks Group is about sharing, teaching, learning and networking around current and future Web-based geospatial and social networking applications and technology. The group meets regularly on the third Tuesday evening of every month at Google in Silicon Valley, CA. Back Five Productions and Endpoint Environmental LLC are the producers of the Web 2.0 Mapping and Social Networks Meetup Group podcasts, which are sponsored by Directions Media.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/10 at 01:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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