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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

MediaPost helps explain why some Twitter posts are not being geotagged with the correct locations (nothing new here) and in doing so notes that Maponics has provided the dataset against which lat/longs are geocoded. Among the company’s other customers: Google, Citysearch, Bing.

- MediaPost

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/16 at 07:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update: It seems Michael Jones of Google found the Wayne Independant story and updated the one way street on Google Maps. Per the paper, he looks for such stories everyday. Apparently MapQuest has also been notified.

By the way, the original story didn’t even mention Google or Google Maps, just “GPS.” Notes the paper in updating the story: “While Google Maps is not used in most vehicle GPS devices, Google Maps is used in about 270 kinds of mobile phones, Jones said.”

Also, comments from the original article include one from a NAVTEQ rep who confirmed the change had been made in their database, too. That was not mentioned in the update article, which is too bad; good job NAVTEQ! So, it looks like Google and NAVTEQ are “watching” for such issues; anyone else?

- Wayne Indepenant

—- original post 3/12/10——

“No one told the GPS satellite about Honesdale’s new one-way traffic pattern.”
“Attempts to find someone in charge of GPS has not been successful.”

- Peter Becker noting how local officials in Honesdale, PA are not being successful in finding someone to update maps in GPS devices to reflect one-way streets, in the Wayne Independant

These explanations may help Mr. Becker and Coucilman Jennings find satisfaction:

The GPS system is run by the Air Force. It uses twenty odd satellites that send signals to devices called GPS receivers. The receivers use the signals to determine the location of the receiver. Then, maps and software on the receivers create the routes.

So, the people you really need to contact to get the maps updated are the two main companies that provides those maps: NAVTEQ and Tele Atlas. Both have online tools to report such errors, but you might want to talk to someone.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/16 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

And, trying hard to be Web 2.0, Opinion Space involves both user generated content and mapping. Visitors are asked to use a slider to indicate if they agree or not and how strongly to five statements. Their “position” on each is mapping against responses for others, ideally from around the world. There’s also a request for input and a way to vote, “Digg style” on others responses. The first question, basically: If you met Secretary Clinton, what would you tell her?

The site, which uses Flash, was built in collaboration with Berkeley’s Center for New Media.

- Nieman Journalism Lab

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/16 at 07:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Feeds by Location

SuperFeedr will pass a geotag through its feeds (such as those tagged in Twitter) or if one is not present, it’ll add one. So, in time, you could ideally, subscribe to RSS feeds by location.

- ReadWriteWeb

Brightkite GroupText

The free, “your friends don’t have to sign up but you do” app uses SMS to send a group a message - with location.

- TechCrunch

Brightkite “One checkin to rule them all”

The idea you check in once and the app (not yet released) sends it off to Foursquare, Brightkite and perhaps others. Gowalla? Unclear if it will be there since its API is currently read only.

- ReadWriteWeb

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/16 at 06:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

India’s Union Human Resource Development Ministry will develop a syllabus for geospatial information studies in conjunction with Rolta. In time, a national accreditation authority will be set up to regulate foreign educational institutions in India.

- PTI News

Geoff Hughes, a geography student at University of Waikato, completed a Summer Research Scholarship project analysing police crime data in the Waikato region in New Zealand over a ten-year period. Sadly, the coverage of his work describe GIS as “an up and coming area of study that uses mapping software to capture and analyse data relating to location.”

- Scoop

Stephen Imre and Jeffrey Mauk of the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science at Auckland University studied New Zealand wine areas in a paper published by Geoscience Canada. The findings sound like just the tip of the iceberg in such studies: “Their paper said plantings throughout NZ are on a variety of soil types and little work has been done to examine how soils and geology affect wine country in a New Zealand context.”

- NZ Resources

Where are those with shiny MBA’s going to get jobs? East.

Every era has its version of the MBA dream. In the 1980s, it was about conquering Wall Street and choppering off to the Hamptons. The late 1990s saw a stampede to Silicon Valley. In the mid-aughts, the gilded, clubby preserve of private equity beckoned. Now, the emerging narrative is about steroidal Asia and its promise of growth. At premiere institutions such as the University of Chicago’s Booth School, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Northwestern’s Kellogg, the percentage of MBAs taking jobs in Asia—including U.S. students like Tsai as well as international students—has more than doubled in the past five years, from roughly 5% of the graduating class to more than 10%. “There is a sense that the center of gravity is shifting,” says Julie Morton, Booth’s associate dean for career services.

- BusinessWeek

Kitty wrote:

We [I guess “,” a site that “is here to help you further your education and find the best school for your interests and budget”] would love to share with you an article that we just posted on our own blog! “Google Earth for Educators: 50 Exciting Ideas for the Classroom” ( ) would be an interesting story for your readers to check out and discuss on your blog, so we hope you will consider sharing it!

It’s a list of apps that could be used in education; I’m sure some on the list will be new to some readers.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/16 at 06:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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