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Monday, February 22, 2010

Just last month there were many discussions (here’s but one) about the challenges of merging two key datasets relate to Haiti - OpenStreetMap’s and Google Map Makers. Licensing made that act difficult/impossible.

In light of that, it’s worthwhile, perhaps to read the Panton Principles, four simply written statements about “best practices” for licensing data. One biggy: don’t use a software license or a content license for data; use a license specifically written for data. There’s a list of those here.

- O’Reilly Radar

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/22 at 07:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Indiana University Bloomington criminologist William Pridemore and Geographer Tony Grubesic are presenting their findings today at the AAAS meeting in San Deigo. Their study areas were in Cinncinatti, Ohio and the conclusion is that more violence occurs around the liquor stores.

- PhysOrg
- Indiana University

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/22 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Patent #7,664,751, is titled “Variable user interface based on document access privileges.” It was submitted to the patent office in September, 2004 and was awarded to Google last Tuesday. It basically describes a method of limiting access to content based on permissions and location. Ars Technica thinks it’s a tool to help Google get around different copyright laws in different countries when it rolls out its book scanning project.

- Ars Technica

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/22 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Point Inside, which makes mall map apps for the iPhone and Android, now offers an LBS platform for events and promotions. The release says the locating occurs indoors - without the need for GPS, Wi-fi or other signals. It doesn’t explain how that’s done. Further, the free app does not bombard users, but rather relates information only based on user queries.

- press release

Cloudmade now offers a platform for mobile advertising, using, I suppose, the OpenStreetMap database. The company will offer different “layers” of ads from which developers can select.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/22 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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