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Monday, October 19, 2009

One of the Foursquare founders, Dennis Crowley, posted at the company’s GetSatisfaction forum: “Just FYI we’re a few weeks away from doing *everywhere*.” For those not keeping up, the “game” added London two weeks ago and 15 North American cities last week.

- The Next Web

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/19 at 07:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Alex Hutchinson writes in The Walrus (Canada’s Best Magazine):

...neuroscientists are starting to uncover a two-way street: our brains determine how we navigate, but our navigational efforts also shape our brains. The experts are picking up some worrying signs about the changes that will occur as we grow accustomed to the brain-free navigation of the GPS era.

- via New York Times Ideas Blog

In other GPS and health related news: The Fresno Bee discusses how hikers mis-use emergency beacons when in the wilderness, sometimes wasting authority’s time and money.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/19 at 07:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

From Fox 5 in Atlanta offers this 6 minute video including interviews with mappers and OSM’s Thea Clay, OSM Community Ambassador for the Southern US. Fox, like many, are not comfortable with OpenStreetMap as one word.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/19 at 07:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Express has filed the motion to get two year old NGA images of Portugal to try to help in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

“We hoped spy images may have captured the kidnapper watching the apartment prior to the event or even on the day itself. Obviously, having a picture would have speeded up the apprehension of the offender,” said a source from the Portuguese Police.

- The Examiner

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Remember, it’s an election year! The governor noted:

IT infrastructure was stale and it was outdated, so I hired Teri Takai, who was the head of IT in Michigan and made Michigan be the number one in IT, and we now are moving our way up. First we were not even in the top 20 percent — in the top 20 — now we — then we moved to 15th, then to tenth, now we’re in the top five, and within the next few years we will be also number one in this particular area. So as she –  (Applause)

The perfect example of the progress that we’re making is if you look at GIS, which is the Geographic Information Systems — I’ve seen that firsthand. GIS is a form of digital mapping technology that our fire departments are now using. So many times when there are big fires, people are wondering why did they have helicopters, you know, at the airport, and why are they not taking off and dumping fire retardant? Well, when there is a lot of fire and there is a lot of smoke and no wind, they cannot see the ground, and therefore they cannot go and dump the fire retardant at that time. They’re waiting for a little wind to take that smoke away.

But now through this technology, digital mapping technology, our fire departments are using this continuously and through big firestorms it allows firefighters to see through that smoke, giving them more accurate and realtime view of the conditions on the ground. Think for a second about the awesome power of this technology. That information could quite literally make the difference between life and death, make the difference between a home burning or not. And like I said, I’ve seen it firsthand, the kind of advantages that the fire departments have. And of course, California’s — we have already the best trained and the most courageous firefighters in the world, but with the great technology that they have it makes them literally the best in the world. There’s no two ways about that.

- The Gov Monitor

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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