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Friday, April 16, 2010

Massachusetts-based GeoVantage is suing a Florida firm which specializes in search engine optimization for using the same name. You would not think the two companies were in the same business, so this should not be an issue (recall that there’s both Linux, the operating system and Linux soap; there’s also Google toilet paper…I listen to Buzz Out Loud too much). But, the norther GeoVantage says there is potential confusion. From the complaint in federal court:

(Sprague and GeoVantage [Florida]) offer to help businesses promote themselves through the use of social networking websites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, YouTube, and Facebook, the same social networking sites that already utilize GeoVantage’s digital mapping and GPS/GIS-related services provided though Google Maps.

The local article on the suit does not understand what GeoVantage does the way I do (“a Peabody company providing map data to feed social media sites’ fast-growing demand for location-based advertising”). The latest I saw about the northern GeoVantage related to supporting NGOs in Africa with imagery (APB coverage).

- Mass High Tech

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/16 at 11:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Global positioning systems companies are being recruited by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in the effort to make a dangerous section of Route 115 safer. So, how’s it going?

Eric Garner, director of IT operations and customer support for the Maptuit Corp., said his firm fixed the map issues within 24 hours through customization methods after being contacted by PennDOT. Maptuit provides maps for its NaviGo service used by commercial trucking fleets across the nation.

“When we get a call like this from the department of transportation from Pennsylvania or something, we can say this road cannot be used by trucks and it is prohibited for all fleets using Maptuit. So anybody that has the Maptuit navigation would immediately be routed a different way as opposed to down that road,” Garner said.

Garmin spokesman Jake Jacobson said his GPS firm doesn’t issue its own maps used by regular and commercial drivers, but rather purchases mapping data from Navteq, a digital map maker.

He said people can report map errors or request map changes by submitting information through Garmin or Navteq’s Web sites.

Interestingly, Maptuit also uses NAVTEQ data; but that was not an issue, apparently.

- Times-Leader

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/16 at 10:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Sharing location with friends and family on Facebook® has just become easier—and more engaging—thanks to GlympseTM (http://www.glympse.com). Glympse goes beyond static “check-ins” or a simple map showing your location, and allows iPhoneTM and Android users to quickly update their status via their mobile phone so their Facebook friends can follow their real-time movements on a dynamic map, for a set period of time.”

Basically, Glympe has added support for Facebook; it previously supported Twitter, texting and e-mail with its service which includes defining a time window for sharing location.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/16 at 10:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The decennial census of the United States is a massive undertaking and maintaining the mapping products that support the effort requires managing a large Oracle Spatial database. In this interview, Nick Padfield and Stephanie Spahlinger of the Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau describe the process for managing the spatial data that helps them churn out maps for a variety of constituents from census enumerators to Congress.
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by Joe Francica on 04/16 at 09:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The National Geographic Education Foundation and the American Association of Geographers are stepping out their outreach and advocacy agenda encouraging practitioners and believers to lobby their congressman. The goal? “A $15 million fund to support geography education.” A bill to that effect has been in committee for more than a year without action.

There was no mention of this week’s AAG meeting nor GeoTec nor of any of the important work being presented at these and other events.

- McClatchy

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/16 at 08:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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