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Thursday, June 24, 2010

More than 3,200 historic maps of North Carolina are now available online as part of the digital North Carolina Maps project, set to be completed June 30.

The maps date from 1584 to 1923 including maps of every North Carolina county and maps published by the state through the year 2000.

The North Carolina Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library collaborated to produce the new site with the North Carolina State Archives and the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo. The UNC Library and the State Archives scanned the maps, and the Library hosts and administers the site.

- UNC Library News via Gary at Resource Shelf

The City of Santa Cruz has put its “in-house” GIS online using the ESRI Flex API. It uses one of the very common user interfaces and includes links to Google StreetView, Bing Maps Birds Eye View and Weather Underground.

- Santa Cruz Sentinel

Chilton County, Alabama is revamping its public website to be more user friendly - for $6000. Also noteworthy: there may be a third pay version that joins the now free and employee only versions. What would that have? “This site would include high-end information such as tools for building a spreadsheet.”

- Clanton Advertiser

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/24 at 03:18 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Do you want to keep up with 311-type reports coming in to CitySourced in the Los Angeles area? You can follow @CSreports to get the URL of reports, complete with photos (sometimes) and Bing maps.

Back end powered by Microsfot Azure and ESRI.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/24 at 10:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

How will the new multi-tasking in iOS 4 challenge LBS/nav developers? Daniel Feldman at waze shared that company’s plan in an e-mail to me. Sounds logical to me!

The new iOS4 for iPhone will be a great boost for location and navigations applications. As you know, it allows apps to run in the background while giving users the ability to simultaneously conduct other important tasks such as sending and receiving calls, all while still hearing turn-by-turn voice instructions. This new iPhone functionality is especially important for crowdsourced apps, such as waze, that rely on our users to passively provide their GPS and traffic data, so for us, it is key that users can now speak on the phone while remaining connected to our app.

This great functionality comes with a price, however. Navigations apps, known for their heavy data consumption, can be forgotten in the background and significantly drain battery.  While some simpler implementations require the user to manually disconnect the app, waze has a smart approach to background processing and shut down. When waze goes into the background, smart algorithms are applied to detect whether or not the device is in motion. Following a long standstill, waze will automatically close itself when it determines that you are no longer using the app, avoiding needless data and battery consumption.

- direct e-mail

There’s a redesign at Flickr. Among the new goodies: “There’s a map that shows the geolocation data attached to the photo. You can pop up the map over the page for a larger view.” It and other things are now in “opt-in” beta.

- VentureBeat

At the At the People Tracking and Location conference in Chicago held this week an attendee (developer) suggested that carrier charges are limiting the growth of LBS. Verizon, the only carrier represented (why?) was defensive.


Light Reading

A House Judiciary Subcommittee will begin hearings today on updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.  Why? Location-based services have changed the landscape.

- Washington Post

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/24 at 08:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The US FAA will hold a 3-day public meeting on 10-12 August in Stanford, California to gather industry ideas on alternative positioning, navigation and timing (APNT) methods that could be used if global navigation satellite services (GNSS) are interrupted.

- FlightGlobal

NAVTEQ has installed kiosks in nine stores in two Mexican cities to show of GPS devices from Garmin, Mio, and Motorola, which all use the new company’s new maps of the country. NAVTEQ, is owned by Nokia, which is pushing the Ovi mapping platform on its phones.

- GPS World

Market research company iSuppli predicts the number of smartphone-based navigation systems in use will increase from 8m in 2009 to 81m this year, rising to 297m by 2014. Pre-loaded systems are expected to overshadow downloaded applications…

That suggests PND use is dropping.

- StrategyEye

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/24 at 07:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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