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Friday, July 30, 2010

Google announced mobile expandable map ads at Google I/O this week. “The unit will show the consumer a nearby location for the advertiser’s business. It will also allow users to get directions and call the advertiser — all initiated from within the ad.”

- Search Engine Land

Google Place will be a focus for developer built check in apps, per Maps API Product Manager Thor Mitchell.

We are going to focus initially on check-in applications. These are the applications that we feel the API currently caters to well, and we are excited to work with developers building these applications to understand their requirements, and ensure that we are offering them the best possible experience… We have now begun reaching out to developers who have expressed an interest in building checkin applications using the API, including those working on client applications for the Buzz API.

- Google Developers Blog via Mashable

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has cleared Google of stealing data after reviewing the data Google collected from unprotected wireless networks.

- Telegraph

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/30 at 09:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Auburn project just won an award! The team received the Campus Technology Innovator Award for “Geospatial Mapping of the Coastal Communities of Alabama.” The project was one of 11 winners from 448 nominations for the Campus Technology Innovator Award.

- The Plainsman

—- original post 7/20/10——

Students at Auburn University are mapping infrastructure in coastal Alabama, so that after a disaster such as a hurricane, responders can work more efficiently, and perhaps reduce recovery costs by an estimated 40 percent. The project was funded in September 2009 as a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce led by faculty, but the project is entirely student-run. The students have already collected geospatial data from 67 miles of Alabama’s coastline and mapped the GIS locations of more than 9,500 infrastructure elements. There an interview with the project lead.

- Campus Technology

New York College of Health Professions, a nonprofit college, received the donation of a patent pending system for worldwide first responders based on location.

This donated patent involves Emergency Based Responders and locating them on a priority system in direct proportion to the significance of the emergency, no matter where they are in the world. These emergency responders can be used for natural disasters, health care, fire or police situations, or virtually any emergency, and through this system the appropriate responder can be matched and deployed instantly to the crisis location through the growing number of smartphones and microprocessors worldwide. “We think this Intellectual Property will broaden the College’s growing portfolio, which is now one of the largest assets of our institution of higher learning,” president Pamintuan added.

While cool tech, anything built using it would still run into local laws regarding how first responders are assigned/regulated.
- press release

A top geographer from Denver takes a job with USGS and continues on in Geospatial Intelligence at Penn State. Great seeing our best and brightest heading to USGS.

“The friends and family of Jeremy Vinyard-Houx would like to congratulate Jeremy on his recent graduation from Denver University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Geography this past June. ...[He] graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and received the Geography Merit Award as outstanding graduate. Jeremy has accepted a position in Denver with the USGS and is continuing his studies at the graduate level with Penn State University in the Geospatial Intelligence Program.”

- Summit Daily

Chris Jones, professor of geographical information systems at Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics along with Dr Florian Twaroch, a research associate in the school, are collected data on local colloquial names of places in Wales via a website.

“The idea of the site is to get people to tell us what names they associate with a particular place they live and give us postcodes and point to it on a map.”

- Wales Online

As part of the certification scheme in India, Central Board of Secondary Education students will have to compulsorily pass two modules of geospatial technology (GT) in class XI and XII. So far 19 schools have added the GT classes.

Rolta India Ltd has been nominated as the resource institution for the GT course and will provide assistance in various technical aspects, including teachers’ training and availability of the software.

- Indian Express

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/30 at 09:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GigaOm suggests that yesterday’s press release from Skyhook noting its latest four patents is intended to start a legal battle with Apple and perhaps Google.

- GigaOm

—- original post 7/30/10——

That’s what what the letter Apple sent back to Congress regarding its privacy issues states. The older Apple devices still use Google and Skyhook but from iOS 4 forward it’s all Apple data. Here’s the key bit:

To provide the high quality products and services that its customers demand, Apple must have access to comprehensive location-based information. For devices running iPhone OS versions 1.1.3 to 3.1, Apple relied on (and still relies on) databases maintained by Google and Skyhook Wireless (“Skyhook”) to provide location-based services. Beginning with the iPhone OS version 3.2 released in April 2010, Apple relies on its own databases to provide location-based services and for diagnostic purposes. These databases must be updated continuously to account for, among other things, the ever-changing physical landscape, more innovative uses of mobile technology, and the increasing number of Apple’s customers. Apple has always taken great care to protect the privacy of its customers.

Good digging there MG Siegler!
- TechCrunch

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/30 at 08:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“So let me get this straight. It’s 2010. We’ve got this amazing piece of technology right here [holding up Sen. Claire McCaskill’s iPad] We’ve got cell phones, we’ve got iPhones, we’ve got this and that. And you guys are still dealing in cards. I just can’t get my head around that.”

- MA Senator Scott Brown on the way workers at Arlington National Cemetery map graves, speaking on the Senate floor during a hearing on the matter, captured by NECN.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/30 at 07:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The game, officially Project: MyWorld (do not confuse it with the GIS package of the same name), will be out in 2011 and promises a real world game environment, build on GIS data (no indication of what GIS data). It appears for the trailer it will include a lot of detail (buildings), that you can buy and customize and of course sell. You can travel the world by car or plane and see social media messages (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Google, and Loopt) within the world. The goal of the game is unclear to me, but is another way to integrate social media in to non-real world geography. The game will be from developer Realtime Worlds which apparently offers a game called “APB.” Trailer and walkthrough videos after the jump.

- Gamasutra
- DigitalSpy
- Geek.com

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by Adena Schutzberg on 07/30 at 07:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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