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Monday, May 17, 2010

Ohio DOT acquired the camera last year from Intergraph. It hoped to swap out the old film camera in its Cessna and start taking new imagery. But the plane has been grounded since May 2009. The FAA changed the rules for mounting since the state acquired the aircraft in 2004. So, now the state is scrambling to comply. In the meantime, the state has paid private contractors to do the flying.

- Dayton Daily News via @mappsorg

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/17 at 11:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Booyah is behind the location-based mobile gaming app MyTown. The funds come from Accel Partners and including previous investors Kleiner Perkins and DAG Ventures. The company hopes to go “beyond” the check-in as it competes with Foursquare adn Gowalla, but no one seems to know what that means.

Booyah is based in Palo Alto, Calif.-based and has 24 employees.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/17 at 08:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Web 2.0/Social media guy Sebastien Provencher says no in his Praized blog:

Newspapers should own the expertise of geo-localizing their content, displaying it that way within their mobile apps (or Web site) and then syndicating it to partners like Foursquare. It’s core business.

He was commenting on Nieman blog post.

- via Poynter

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/17 at 08:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Telmap which is moving from a “fee-based” model to a “hosted by carrier model” for delivery of its phone-based nav offerings is looking at swapping out its current data from Nokia-owned NAVTEQ to TomTom owned Tele Atlas per Reuters.

Also noteworthy: The company speaks to Yahoo now and again.

- Reuters

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/17 at 07:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Citizen GIS [Chesterfield, VA] project was approved as part of the county’s FY10 Technology Improvement program and was originally budgeted at $80,000.

Condrey said his department “received a lot of feedback” in support of Citizen GIS from the local business community, the board of supervisors and staff members in other divisions of the county government.

And that was before anyone knew the project was going to come in so far under budget. Because of technology changes that resulted in significant cost savings, the total expenditure was approximately $25,000.

It’s a Silverlight app built on ESRI technology. One tool of interest? Convert Easting/Northing to Lat/Lon. I guess that was requested in the feedback.

- Chesterfield Observer

more coverage: Village News

An article in a Dallas Blog sings the praises of new City Hall-created online zoning map. I visited it. YIKES! That opening map made me shield my eyes.

- Southern Dallas Blog (Dallas News)

Wisconsin is being flown for his res aerial images.

- Fox 21 via @mappsorg

Indiana has an RFP for orthophotography

- State of Indiana via @mappsorg

Forsyth County GA won its second GIS award: The GIS Mobile Emergency Response System was one of eight named a “Most Efficient Use of Technology” winner in the first Emergency Management Digital Distinction Awards. That award comes from e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Emergency Management magazine. It also won an ESIG from URISA.

- Forsyth News

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/17 at 06:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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