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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Joe wrote about the new SiRFatlasIV Chipset when it was announced. The idea, he noted, was to put a location-enabling chip out in the market and see how it’d be used. A report from DigiTimes now quotes founder Kanwar Chadha as saying it “will most likely target mobile TV applications at first.”

- DigiTimes


by Adena Schutzberg on 06/17 at 07:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

West Monroe Partners built the app using Microsoft Azure (cloud services) and Sliverlight. And, no, there’s no Bing Maps for Enterprise involved, this is a “cartoon” map of the annual food expo.

While it’s very pretty, I wanted more interaction. The left hand side offers a “table of contents” of events by day or food vendor (alphabetical). Click on a date and the events for that day are listed on the right and highlighted on the map. Click on a vendor and the map “zooms there” and provides details. Want to see what the vendor next to it is by clicking on the map? Nope, can’t do that. Want to click on the “ticket” symbol to learn about how much tickets are? Nope, can’t do that. Want to click on anything on the map for more information? Nope, can’t do that. Clicking on the map seems to enable only panning and zooming. Frankly, I wanted to click on stuff! In more practical terms, I want to know which food vendors are near the shows I want to see. Alas, the map doesn’t allow that (at least not easily).

(Oh, and I tried it on both Mac/Safara and WinXP Firefox, just to be sure it was no “just a Mac thing.”)

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/17 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It’s not yet like cluster in Colorado, but San Diego is mustering forces to be become a hotbed of geospatial.

The San Diego Software Industry Council is organizing a GIS interest group - it holds its first meeting at UC San Diego’s Computer Science and Engineering building at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 18 (tomorrow).

The executive director of council, Bob Slapin, is starting to talk the talk: “There is a massive amount of data lying around that is related to a spot on the map, (environmental, traffic, health). This data is often in different silos and in most cases making sense of it requires running around, finding it and mapping it somehow. The data is often structured and unstructured.”

Why the grouping around San Diego? Suggested sources:

- legacy expertise of the U.S. Navy in satellite-based global positioning technologies
- the development of location-based services for wireless devices at San Diego-based Qualcomm
- ESRI is about a 2-hour drive and hold its UC there
- local academic expertise also emerged in 2007, when researchers at San Diego State University’s Visualization Center tackled wildfires

- Xconomy

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/17 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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