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Friday, April 23, 2010

Just yesterday I noted in closing keynote at MAGIC that providers of specialized data sets as those winning in the “data wars.” And, now I see that MapQuest has added neighborhood labels to its major US cities. So, perhaps someone is making some money licensing this data!

My neighborhood is appropriately labeled (Spring Hill) but what’s this Aggasiz-Harvard University label over near that prestigious university? Yahoo has the Aggasiz neighborhood in a nearby, but separate location. So, it’s not the same data as Yahoo uses…

- MapQuest Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/23 at 09:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Nokia has announced its Q1 2010 financials for the three months ending March 31.

Sales were €9.5 billion ($12.7 billion), up 3 percent year-on-year.

Operating profit was €488 million ($650 million), up 787 percent year-on-year.

But while its Devices & Services group was profitable, the infrastructure-based Nokia Siemens Networks and location-based NAVTEQ groups both recorded loses. These have narrowed year-on-year however.

- PocketGamer

- gory numbers (press release)

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/23 at 09:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I noted the promo (which I now understand was put together by VaynerMedia, one of who’s founders Gary Vaynerchuck is a Gowalla investor/advisor) in early April. The idea was to hide virtual tickets to a New Jersey Nets basketball game (they are in last place) in locations 75 miles around the arena. The idea was to have Gowalla players find them and then, hopefully, go and see the actual game.

So, how did it go? Well of the 250 pairs of tickets, “15.2% of Gowalla winners attended the game.” By winners they mean those who checked in via Gowalla and learned they’d won the tickets. You can read the entire study (in PDF or slideshare at the link below) and be sure to check out the comments asking how that return shows success. (Also bear in mind that this effort and this case study are PR for the PR firm!)

- VaynerMedia

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/23 at 08:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s the word from Dean Howell via a press release this week. I do have to point out the irony that just last week one of the most tweeted quotes (including in a post on APB) related to the need for more geospatial professionals in Australia!

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/23 at 07:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Arkansas Dept of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) launched its”>meth viewer, updating what used to be just a public list.

“I think there’s a number of uses for it,” Clyde Rhodes, chief of the ADEQ hazardous waste division, said in an interview Tuesday. “It’s good for people interested in purchasing a home to check if the house they’re interested in is on the list.” He added the map could be helpful for research purposes.

State laws require law enforcement report found labs to ADEQ. Once the property is cleaned up, it’s removed from the public list.

- Paragould Daily Press

The Oregon State Bike Map is online! Why the excitement? This is the first time ever it’s gone beyond print. The map is sourced from a GIS, includes current load conditions and can be downloaded in 9 PDF sections. The critique of the map (noting among other things the legend is only on tile #2) in the comments is very valuable reading for users and those doing the updates.

- Bike Portland Blog and Gary Price at ResourceShelf

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/23 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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