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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Well known LBS app developers BriteKite and Networks in Motion used the Microsoft event to learn and start the port of their code to Windows Mobile. The two companies, along with four non-LBS developers used Microsoft’s Mobile Incubation Week as a jumping off point to support another platform. Windows Mobile, so far as I can tell, has not been in the lead in LBS apps, among other things.

- The Download Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/21 at 07:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A report (abstract, article requires subscription) in the April 15 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology by Beate Ritz, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, and Sadie Costello, a former doctoral student at UCLA who is now at the University of California, Berkeley, found that Central Valley California residents who lived within 500 meters of fields sprayed between 1974 and 1999 had a 75-percent increased risk for Parkinson’s.

The pair, with input from other researchers, developed a GIS model to estimate human exposure to pesticides that used land-use maps and state pesticide-use reporting data.

- InSciences

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/21 at 06:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Blaine Leonard, the American Society of Civil Engineers president-elect, gave the keynote address at this year’s Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference, GITA’s annual event. Leonard is the Research Program Manager with the Utah Department of Transportation in Salt Lake City, where he is responsible for balancing research needs and resources within the Department, and for managing a wide variety of research projects. Prior to joining the Department, Blaine spent 20 years as a consulting civil engineer in Utah. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Utah. Mr. Leonard currently serves as the 2009 President-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has served ASCE in numerous capacities at the national and local level, and is currently the Chair of the Task.

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by Joe Francica on 04/21 at 06:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Among the tools for the giant (47”) electronic wall map:

- locate a store with an icon on the map via touching its name on a list
- show a route to get to that store
- transfer the destination location to a phone (if it support an RFID standard)

Sounds like users are finding it easy to locate destinations; the challenge? It’s one user at at time… By the way the Ginza station has 32 exists (yikes! that makes any Boston subway station with two or three seem downright simple!)

- PC World

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/21 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Our target audience is totally non-GIS, non-computer-literate folks. We had to find something that would work in Alabama with a population that we have who are very smart and really want to work together but who may not know what GIS means. And honestly, they don’t need to know.”

- Chris McInnish, deputy commissioner of the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs and a founder and project manager of the Alabama Resource Management System (ARMS) program, quoted at The app is built on Microsoft SQL Server 8 and ESRI ArcGIS Server.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/21 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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