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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

U Michigan is perhaps the first major university to tap Foursquare to help boost attendance at its athletic events. “...
the general idea is to use Foursquare to provide deals and tips for fans who attend games at venues like Michigan Stadium and provide more visibility to the university’s lesser known sports by offering incentives to people who attend competitions.”


Yahoo Japan has acquired location-based advertising company Cirius Technologies based in Tokyo. The Sunnyvale, California office of the 30 person company will close after the acquisition is complete.

- VentureBeat

Per RWW “Marc Harter has released a new web service, command line tool and open source software called Ogre, which transforms geographic data from 16 different formats into GeoJSON, the preferred new format for geolocation web app developers.” Per Slashgeo, it’s a Web client that uses ogr2ogr.

- ReadWriteWeb

Are we ready for yet about API based mapping service? What makes the new player, expected to launch in September, Squ0rk Maps different?

Well the design team of Squork Maps take the view that until now, people have had access to maps and finding places, but unless you have expertise in scripting or coding, putting your own data on the map (plotting pins) has been something few people could do by themselves.

What makes Squork Maps different then is that it enables non technical people to upload, publish, edit and download their data on maps.

The data is your own and the offering sits between ESRI/PBBI solutions and Google Maps/Bing Maps. Can’t find out much more on it.

- eBiz

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

“At the moment, the county has only two phones online with the software. But that could change in the future, according to officials in the county’s GIS Department.” And, GovTech reports, BP will pay for the software. In larger event, reimbursement through FEMA was likely.

Note to PR people: that’s a lot of coverage for two users of one app!

- GovTech

—- original post 8/10/10——

I’ve noted all the free apps available for the citizen and those on response teams to report on the state of oil in the gulf. David Needle at InternetNews notes that Emergency Management division of Santa Rosa County in Florida is using a paid app from Xora on the Sprint HTC EVO (Android). I wonder what makes it that much better than the freebies?

This press release explains the post, but does not answer my question about its features.

- Internet News

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/17 at 07:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

India has received a proposal for a nationwide emergency number: 2611. While perhaps not a number those outside India would recognize, its the date of Mumbai attacks. Dinkar Borde, a scientist and an innovator submitted the proposal to Bureau of Police Research and Development in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs last October for its consideration.

“Dial 2611 is a combination of man, machine and high-tech next generation telecom tools like Global Positioning system (GPS), Geographical Information System (GIS), Satellite, Mobile, IT and others for prompt response with perfect rescue coordination with Local Based Services (LBS),” he added.

- DNAIndia

The South Korean government announced Tuesday a plan to require trawlers fishing near North Korean waters to install GPS to help protect them from seizure by North Korea should they cross into that country’s waters. On Sunday, the North seized the 41-ton squid fishing boat Daeseung in the East Sea.

- Chosun Ilbo

India plans to map its schools to find areas where there are no facilities. “This exercise will help the Government to get information for setting up institutions as per the requirement, so that no area is left unattended, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said at the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting. He said the mapping would also help students exercise the choice of institutes for study. According to officials in the HRD Ministry, the problem lies in the uneven distribution of resources. While on the one hand there are areas which have a large number of schools and colleges, there are also places which have little access to educational institutes.”

- IBN Live via @DMPInc

New Zealand’s Land information organization (LINZ) is looking for tech companies to offer services based on its data. The country, according to a report from last year is losing $1.3 million in productivity a day due to the lack of servies.

- BusinessDay NZ

CIB runs down the man mapping players in China.

China International Business

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/17 at 06:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Sometimes you can get a four-year degree but not work in what you studied, but that’s not the case here.”

Joseph Bliss, a GIS major at Gainesville State College in Oakwood, GA on his degree. He works full-time for a company that studies pipeline data and was quoted in the Gainsville Times.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/17 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google Ad I saw on GIS Lounge

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/17 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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