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Monday, December 14, 2009

Perhaps we should have taken bets on when MapQuest would announce this addition. The source of the imagery? Immersive Media.

From MapQuest PR:

MapQuest.com today released “360 View” roadside imagery, an easy way to see street-level panoramic images of a city, and a route’s origin, destination and key intersections along the way. Details are below, and at MapQuest’s blog.
Currently available in 30 major cities and 13 (corrected; originally read 15, which was identified as a typo by MapQuest PR) suburbs across the U.S., 360 View offers consumers an easy and intuitive way to put their directions in physical perspective by displaying actual street imagery beside the map .

Key features of “360 View” include:

- 3D Imagery: 360° horizontal and 160° vertical views of any given image within 360 View on MapQuest.com.
- Side-by-side Imagery: The street map is positioned on side of the screen and 360 View on the other; this puts the location in perspective.
- Simple Navigation: Easily move to a new location by moving the green arrow on the street map.
- No Special Downloads Required: Additional software is not required to run MapQuest.com’s 360 View, so getting started is quick and easy.

This release represents another significant update to MapQuest.com. In October MapQuest updated its maps with new terrain and vegetation imagery, updated the road network and hybrid imagery to improve readability and added more building footprints to maps for urban areas. Also, MapQuest recently revamped its underlying platform to enable the faster release of new features and capabilities.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 09:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Part 4 of a Washington Post investigation of AIDS spending in the District (Wasting Away The Squandering of D.C.‘s AIDS Dollars) reveals that while 25% of those with the disease are in districts 7 and 8, only 6% of funding designated to support them were given to organizations in those areas.

- Washington Post

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The connection found may be related to vitamin D which the body gets primarily from sun exposure. Data collected on children who use a non-allergic formula, are prescribed Epi-pens to treat emergency allergic reactions or who show up in emergency rooms after such a reaction tend to cluster far more in southern Australia than the north.

The studies were published in the journals Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

- MedIndia

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Adena Schutzberg, executive editor, interviewed National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) former president Learon Dalby about the 2009 NSGIC annual conference and the organization’s advocacy agenda for the coming year. Among the topics explored: authoritative data, social media, the broadband mapping stimulus, NSDI, oversight, and Data for the Nation. This is another in a series of interviews with geospatial insiders and outsiders.


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by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 01:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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