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Thursday, January 29, 2009

U.S. News and World Report’s cover story of their special year-end report promoted the "50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2009 (12/18/2008 issue)." Curiously, one of those ways was "geotagging your photos." I took this to heart and immediately ran out and bought a Blackberry Storm. Perhaps you’ve followed my trials and tribulations on Twitter as it hasn’t improved my life in ways I was hoping. But, if part of my job was to cover this industry, why not jump into the fray and invest my time on something that was supposed to be fun too. Might as well, since all of the social media in which we have invested at Directions surely tests the balance of worthwhile reporting, marketing and time-frittering anyway. You should know that Twittering and getting a LinkedIn account were advised as well. Having checked those boxes, it was on to geotagging in a more productive way.

I’ve used Flickr in the past so it wasn’t just about geotagging. This was more about cutting out a step in the process and seeing if it really worked. Again, nothing new to those who already have an iPhone or use the Eye-fi SD card. It was as much about testing the Storm as it was about improving a process that would support my ability to cover the news. And what I found was that nothing is as easy as it sounds and productivity comes at a price…

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by Joe Francica on 01/29 at 03:17 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Chris Hernandez at has 10 questions about GeoEye and every one revolves around the delay of certification of GeoEye-1 imagery by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), the folks who funded it.

He’s frustrated, noting:

One thing is certain, if these images aren’t approved, and approved soon, this year’s investment thesis for shares of GeoEye goes down the toilet in a hurry.


by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 08:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

HopStop is a site that offers routing in some cities using public transportation. Now the company has opened up its API free (with some limitations - notably 1000 transactions/day). They are the first, per Mashable, to offer such an API, though many sites now offer public transit routing.

- via Mashable, which has links to mashups with Google Maps, Yahoo Maps and MapQuest.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 08:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Dave Munger over at Cognitive Daily (a cognitive psychology blog) offers Reading graphs: How we do it, and what it tells us about making better ones. It’s actually about a study of how people “read” maps and explores what people look at in attempting to answer different questions. No surprise, they look at different things based on the question! Still, there are some interesting insights and suggestion about making better graphics from a cognitive standpoint, not necessarily a cartographic one.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 08:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share explains this trend, which is backed by census data illustrating that per one analysis “in 2000, 25- to 34-year-olds were 34 percent more likely than the general population to live in close-in neighborhoods in the nation’s metro areas, up sharply from the 12 percent who were more likely to reside there in 1990.”

The article cites several companies making the move from the suburbs or non-urban areas including (Rosemont, IL to Chicago) and NAVTEQ (Silicon Valley to Chicago).

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/29 at 06:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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