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Friday, January 08, 2010

The goal of the final day of the summit is to develop a way forward.

Jack Dangermond highlighted the key communities that want/should be involved: research/education/professional practioners/technology. He drew them in a venn diagram with a overlap.

The opening session focused on developing a research agenda by reviewing in detail what the IdeaLab groups identified as their key research and activity goals. Most of the first session involved IdeaLab leaders rehashing yesterday’s presentations in more detail. Few groups synthesized their many topics/goals into a few key items or actions, which I found frustrating. I do think the details of the discussions are valuable, but they need to be better distilled for use.

The final session, led by Jack Dangermond, aimed to define next steps for growing geodesign. Among the topics:

How to
- “unbrand” geodesign from ESRI
- collect and share content of this event or create a book on the topic
- fund future research
- communicate about geodesign
- build an international community
- engage engineers/construction players
- develop a slogan (“avoid being bad”)

The one specific effort we discussed involved a geodesign challenge, a competition to encourage projects using geodesign with big money prize(s). That evolved in several ideas included the awarding of geodesign Special Achievement Award.

ESRI helped cover some travel and lodging costs related to Directions Media’s attendance at the Summit.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/08 at 01:47 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’ve had my head in geodesign this week but did notice some announcements that I have to believe relate to Google recent move into the phone-based satnav space.

TomTom launched a stripped down $100 standalone device, the Ease. That was the launch price of the TomTom iPhone app. That app won an Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award Honoree award at the show.

- Ease PR
- Award PR

Tthe company has changed its “pay for update” policy for some of its older devices.

- press release

Garmin announced nothing new for auto satnav at CES save ecoroute - a hardware box that beams car stats to a bluetooth device, but did offer updates to golf and motorcycle devices. Oh, and you can record your own voice for your unit via a free download (PC World).

- Kansas City Star

On the other hand, Google’s app is finally seeing some pushback. I noted when it launched the issues with data and was surprised how few others found them an issue despite their widespread coverage in the press. BusinessWeek’s Rich Jaroslovsky details errors in determining his location and data errors.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/08 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

EveryBlock, the hyperlocal news aggregator, was acquired by MSNBC.com last year. The first news since involves the ability of users to post “news” alongside the content that is automatically aggregated. User news per EveryBlock can be anything from actual news (car accident) to lost and found (lost dog).

Joseph Tartakoff asks a really good question: won’t this discourage advertising?

- Paid Content

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/08 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In this inaugural episode of DMTV from Directions Media, editor in chief Joe Francica discusses the predictions for information technology spending by market research firm IDC and what that might mean for the geospatial information technology sector. See IDC’s complete list of top 10 predications.


by Joe Francica on 01/08 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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