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Friday, November 07, 2008

This from Christiaan Adams, a GIS and Google Earth specialist at Google: just launched an exciting new grants program that I wanted to share with you. Geo Challenge Grants will award grants to NGOs around the world to create projects using online mapping tools, such as Google Maps and Google Earth.  The program is an open application process that will award grants up to $100,000.

Maps are a powerful way for organizations to display and share data, promote ideas and issues, and plan and organize activities.  Online mapping tools can help the world visualize and understand information, problems, and solutions - whether locally or globally.  We’ve found that well designed maps can help organizations operate more effectively.  They can convey the importance of your cause in a visual, compelling way.  And, they can give individuals from around the world a chance to experience the work you do.  We want to help organizations use these kinds of tools to advance their work in the areas of global development, climate change and global public health.

Here’s an example project.  The Dreaming New Mexico initiative seeks to encourage adoption of clean electricity and to move New Mexico away from dirty, polluting power plants.  Using the Google Earth API (browser plugin), Dreaming New Mexico shows some of the choices available to New Mexico as it considers a move to sustainable clean energy. Click here to view the site.

Applications, which are open to NGOs around the world are open now and will close on December 22.  (We hope to continue with further application rounds next year.)   

There are 3 levels of funding.  A US$5,000 grant is enough to complete a small mapping project or a prototype of a more ambitious map project. Examples include maps such as the Women for Women project locations.  A US$25,000 grant is enough to complete a substantial mapping project using one or more data sources. The map will typically still use a fixed data set vs a dynamically updating data source. Examples include maps such as the Appalachian Voices Mountaintop Removal Layer with associated “Are You Connected?” interactive website noted in this case study.  A US$100,000 grant is enough to complete a more dynamic mapping project, or a system that will enable the production of maps across a number of scenarios. Such a project might include tools that the grantee as well as other organizations could use to quickly create maps of a certain type.

To learn more about the program, check out our website which has a description of the program, FAQs and the application.  Also, for other ways that Google can help your organization, check out our Google for Non-profits site.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 07:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The big news last week was Microsoft’s Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC). That event, I learned via TWIT, is typically held a full year before regular folks will see a new operating system from the company. This year the event focused on Windows 7 (desktop ) and Azure (cloud computing).

This week in LA is an event called Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), an event focused on the hardware side. C|net reports from there on the implementation of the location API in Windows 7 and one thing that’s missing: the ability to limit which application uses location information. Why is that not in the API? It seems to go back to authentication of apps: Windows doesn’t have a reliable means of determining that an application is what it says it is, so any attempt to limit the location to a specific application would be easily spoofable, according to Microsoft program manager Alec Berntson.

Previous implementations were so clunky, says the article, few developers bothered to use the API. The folks from Microsoft admit they’d like that sort of feature and have in on their Christmas list, but are not promising anything. On the whole developers spoke positively about what they saw in Windows 7; it’s hard for me to imagine Microsoft will leave this whole with all the pressure from other OSs and apps in the LBS space. My solution: use Fire Eagle to manage which app gets location info…

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 07:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Charles Lin, a starff writer for The Tech, MIT’s newspaper, describes the technology at work behind the volunteer effort in New Hampshire.

In addition to having motivated ground troops, the Obama campaign is incredibly technologically advanced. The Obama campaign’s computer is named “Houdini.” It has a list of every single registered Democrat, Barack-leaning independent, and Obamacan. Each voter shows up as a black dot on a Google Map. The campaign records statistics on each of these voters, tracking the number of times each house has been canvassed, called, persuaded, and mainly badgered into voting for Obama.

When they do finally vote, the dot disappears from the screen, hence the name “Houdini.” Our job, as we learned when we arrived, is to make every single dot disappear.


by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 06:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

First off, for those not yet using FriendFeed, it’s a service that allows you to collect all the feeds, blogs, tweets, etc. of your friends in one big feed. You can also collect all of your feeds, blogs, tweets to publish in one feed. It’s a service I use, mostly to be involved in the For Immediate Release FriendFeed Room.

Anyway, VentureBeat found that the service rolled out support for geotagged posts and GeoRSS feeds. What that means in that anything collected via FriendFeed that has geo information, now includes a mini Google map of the location. Why might FriendFeed add geo? One founder is Bret Taylor, once Google Maps Product Manager.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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