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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Update: You can listen to the 30 minute interview and read the chat at the URL below. If nothing else this interview highlights how little “non geo-geeks” know about GIS and related technologies.

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Interview on Internet Evolution (audio) with live Chat ( 2pm EDT)

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 02:34 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Utah is running out of maps and travel guides! There are about 10,000 maps left until the next printing at year’s end. How to deal?

According to the Travel Division’s Tracie Cayford, travelers contacting her agency are currently receiving a post card with a link to the online travel guide, a printed single sheet on must-see Utah destinations and guides to state and national parks.

- Salt Lake Tribune

Steve Carey offers a nice roundup of community mapping efforts (some print, some online) in and around Victoria, BC and wide range of goals they can serve.

- Times Colonist

Several states have updated their websites including with geo-related goodies:

Tennessee: “Location-based content: driven by GeoIP to tailor site content based on a visitor’s location, including local government meetings, news, and information and mapping.”

Alabama: “expanded interactive mapping services, featuring the ability to select multiple locations of interest—including universities, hospitals, highway rest stops and state parks—and generate mash-up maps”

- GovTech

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 08:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Forget the name for a second and consider the goal: using location data without sharing it/endangering privacy. Huh?

A press release says the service will use personal GPS data for “weight loss and fitness, healthier living, and trip planning.”

Granted they are still in stealth mode, but as of today I predict “also ran” status. You can sign up for the beta at PlaceBook.

- VentureBeat

Related on APB:

- PublicEarth Gets $1 Million
- C|net Tackles PublicEarth and OSM

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 08:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) today launched its Coastal Resources Atlas and Vulnerability Index (Coastal Atlas), a pioneering new resource detailing the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s coastline and waters. The Coastal Atlas is designed to aid local policy-making and coastal development planning, as well as inform and educate people interested in the Emirate’s rich marine biodiversity. It’s already won a 2010 ESRI SAG award.

- Emirates News Agency

USGS has launched the GAP Analysis Program (GAP) Land Cover Viewer, a map aimed at making sure the “not so endangered species” stay that way. It’s a landcover map that merger data from a number of sources. The data is available for download in ESRI GRID and ERDAS IMAGINE Image formats.

- press release
- Wired Science

The beta site launches today with new map-based search capabilities, data about individual properties, neighborhoods and housing markets and a solid connection to “find a realtor.”

- Inman News

Florida has launched MyFloridaCensus, complete with a map showing returns from this year’s ongoing census effort. It’s all powered by Microsoft - Azure, Silverlight and Bing Maps. “MyFloridaCensus offers the residents of Florida, the opportunity of gathering information and offering them the opportunity to speak for the improvement of their communities.”

- IP Communications

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 08:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Yesterday Twitter announced Twitter Places:

Starting today, you can tag Tweets with specific places, including all World Cup stadiums in South Africa, and create new Twitter Places. You can also click a Twitter Place within a Tweet to see recent Tweets from a particular location. Try it out during the next match—you will be able to see Tweets coming from the stadium.


- You can see Fourquare/Gowalla check-ins when visiting a Twitter Place.
- There’s an API for places.
- Location tagged of tweets is supported on multiple browsers. (I guess that was an issue?)
- Rolls out to more countries soon.

- Twitter Blog
- Dow Jones

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/15 at 08:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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