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Friday, October 30, 2009

That’s the word from VentureBeat. The company boasts 250,000 downloads and acknowledges all the funders in the current round are from Europe. Also: the app launched on Symbian.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 08:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

USGS has 15 discretionary grant opportunities to collect and process imagery and elevation maps to be included as part of the National Map. The funds are part of the Stimulus aka the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Awards run up to $500,000 are are open to institutions of higher education and non-federal government agencies.

A funding opportunity notice from the U.S. Geological Survey states: “Many organizations including state and local governments, private and non-profit firms, as well as many Federal government agencies use these data to support their applications and requirements planning, infrastructure improvements, resource assessments and scientific studies. The data collected under this announcement will become available to the public through The National Map. Priorities for the program include collecting elevation data over those coastal areas of United States most susceptible to storm and hurricane flooding, earthquake damage, and coastal erosion and also increasing coverage and availability of leaf-off high resolution orthoimagery.”

The funding opportunity number is 10HQPA0014 (CFDA 15.817). It was posted Oct. 27 with an application closing date of Dec. 1.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 07:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Just yesterday I noted AfricaGIS was held in the capital of Uganda, Kampala. Google had quite a presence in part because of new efforts to map the country. Today, there’s word that OpenStreetMap is also active in country as part of a DevelopmentSeed effort. Locals are using QGIS for mapping and uploading data to OSM.

Ironic that the final line in Jonathan Bennett’s report is: “Now imagine if some proprietary software company or mapping data provider had got involved?”

- ZDnet Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 07:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Adena Schutzberg interviewed eSpatial CEO Philip O’Doherty about Web GIS, its implementation challenges, editing capabilities (“CAD-lite”) and future. This is the second in a series of interviews with geospatial insiders and outsiders.


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by Adena Schutzberg on 10/30 at 06:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, October 29, 2009

After all the myriad announcements from Google about its changes to maps and mapping apps, it’s nice to see MapQuest update its look and feel. Sources tell me the company behind the new look is Cartifact, who did a similar update for Yahoo! in 2007.

- MapQuest Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/29 at 12:44 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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