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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Profit was up 60% in the fourth quarter, though sales were down 5%. Why the big profit? Austerity measures like cost cutting and layoffs (2200 layoffs about 2% of the workforce in 2009).

NAVTEQ sales rose 10 percent to €225 million from €205 million a year earlier mostly from in-car navigation devices.

- New York Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/28 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The club recently was selected as one of eight groups nationwide to win the President’s Environmental Youth Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The club’s leadership and advisor will travel to Washington, D.C., to accept the award later this year. Have these folks presented their work at a GIS conference?

- Big Fork Eagle

—- original post 4/4/09——

Bigfork High School in Montana has a caving club. But in addition to exploring caves, the students clean graffiti and monitor newly found caves in Glacier National Park. That’s led to a GIS lab to map their finds.

Their monitoring work recently earned recognition from Best Buy, which awarded the club a $10,000 grant. The club will use the money to create a GIS lab, complete with seven high-powered laptop computers and a desktop server, to digitize their discoveries.

- Daily Inter Lake

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by Adena Schutzberg on 01/28 at 06:49 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Cartifact, the company behind MapQuests and Yahoo’s recent style updates (APB posts 1, 2), got a new CEO.  J. Fred Baca was President of Colliers International in Houston, Texas (2001 - 2009), a brokerage house. But he was in geo before that: “In the 1990s Mr. Baca, as Baca Landata, a co venture with Houston based Stewart Title Company, purchased both the Wilson Maps and Zingerey Map Company, making Baca the sole provider of Houston parcel and ownership mapping services. Baca Landata developed the first Internet “smart” map of The Greater Houston Area and the first Internet distributed GIS mapping product for the Harris County Appraisal District.”

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/28 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Last Friday was the 45 day deadline for US agencies to post at least three high value datasets to Data.gov. Most did, though some disappeared once they were posted.

- OMB Watch

The UK launched its data.gov.uk - in fact Sir Tim Berners Lee launched it. Oh, and it has way more datasets (3000) than the older US portal.

- Daily Mail

The Guardian lunched its own portal - to datasets from many countries.

- Guardian blog post

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/28 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I saw Glenn’s post about one his contacts dropping out of the “check in” LBS games and appreciate his comments on the topic. It got me thinking about how I’ve not been motivated to try even one of them, perhaps because of the “lack of return” and/or the concern about people knowing where I am. (My close friends know pretty much where I am without such a device; I’m really very dull.)

But, I saw an app today that could get me involved: CauseWorld’s free app. Bottom line: every time you go into a participating merchant you get “points” that you can then “give” to charity. The stores “sponsor” those points with the idea that your setting foot in the store will hopefully convert to a purchase. Then, goes the narrative, you tweet or share your “good deed” via FaceBook.

I feel pretty strongly that everyone should do “something” charitable regularly: help in the soup kitchen, give blood, coach the kids soccer team, give money or maybe use this app.

Hey, even Michael Arrington likes it!

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/28 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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