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Monday, January 31, 2011

- Baltimore Sun via @timoreilly

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 11:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It’s called Avego and is state-funded:

The pilot program allows 250 drivers with GPS-enabled smartphones to offer the empty seats in their vehicles to 750 riders along the SR 520 highway, in real time, as they travel. Avego pairs passengers and drivers through a system using iPhones and other mobile devices.
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To encourage participation, Avego will reward go520 drivers with a $30 gas card monthly, plus travel reimbursements, for participating in the program 20 or more times each month. Drivers will also receive an Avego iPhone accessory pack (retail value $35). Riders will receive up to $30 per month in Avego credit to use towards real-time ridesharing journeys. In addition to these financial benefits, drivers and riders will be able to reduce commuting time by making use of the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) ramps and lanes.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 09:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Nokia announced a deal with Chinese Internet firms Sina and Tencent to let phone users upload their location to social networks together with tips on local services via Nokia’s map service.

Subscribers to Sina’s microblog and Tencent’s QQ instant-messaging service will be able to share their location on the social networking sites using their Nokia Internet-connected mobile phones, Nokia said in a statement following the signing of the deal.


It should be up and running in Q1 of this year.

- The Times of India

The Next Web (UK) reports that Rummble’s CEO was ousted earlier in January and the company will move from it’s Yelp-like model of rating venues to offer a “trust platform” for any kind of user generated content. I wonder if that could be used for VGI type data?

- The Next Web (1, 2)

We did a podcast recently about the “entertainment” checkin - where instead checking in to a location you check in to a TV show or book or… Enter IntoNow with SoundPrint technology:

Just like GPS with location services, SoundPrint, a new technology created by IntoNow, allows you to automatically “check-in” to watching a show simply by hitting a button in the IntoNow app. How? It reads the sound waves and patterns of each television show (and a growing collection of movies as well) and matches it with a database they keep. Yep, it’s a lot like Soundhound or Shazam, but for video content.

- TechCrunch

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 08:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is inviting comment on new certification requirements proposal (PDF) including the addition of an exam to further strengthen the value of the GIS Professional or GISP designation.This would seem to be a wise step and would unquestionably raise awareness about the designation within the profession. Here are my concerns: The question that arises from the implementation of an exam is whether there is truly an additional real as well as perceived value to attaining the certification. Professionals perhaps hesitated when the certification requirements were first announced a decade ago because the value of a GISP was dubious or simply unrecognized by the geospatial community. Today, the GISP designation has gained traction, to be sure.

However, will the proposed addition of an exam warrant some kind of additional stature outside of our profession? We perceive that it has the potential to convey gravitas but will it? Will GISCI do its job by communicating its worth? This was lacking in the past. GISCI must support the new standards/requirements by discussing how an exam will support the needs of employers. Will GISCI lobby human resource organizations because if, as the Department of Labor (DoL) suggests, the geospatial profession is growing, then the GISP needs to be a recognizable designation among the group responsible for understanding basic employee qualifications.

If I’m an HR person in a major IT company hiring someone with a GISP…do I know what that designation means? You see, our history is shallow with this designation and we’re new to the game of certification. An exam is the right way to raise the value of the certification but more will need to be done to communicate the way in which the designation is conveyed. So, yes, let’s have an exam. Let’s make the GISP a certification one that means something both inside and outside our profession. Let’s wave the DoL stats on how many professionals will be needed (See D. DiBiase’s presentation from our Rocket City Conference (ppt)). Let’s make GISP a designation with some heft.

by Joe Francica on 01/31 at 08:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Viet Nam "Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga ... said that the Chinese State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping’s launch of the Map World service, ...seriously infringes upon Vietnamese sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos, sovereign rights and national jurisdiction over Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zones within 200 nautical miles." Officials have called for China to remove the offending map representation and data.

- VietNam Net

India The Space Application Centre, (SAC) part of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched new version of its indigenous software IGIS for analysis of GIS and image processing data. There are new features, but one that's still in the works: analysis of microwave data.

- Sify

Gobichettipalayam Municipality in Erode district is likely to have its GIS online by April. It's one of two municipalities selected for implementation under a World Bank Funded project. Tech by Tata International.

- The Hindu

China

Nokia announced a deal with Chinese Internet firms Sina and Tencent to let phone users upload their location to social networks together with tips on local services via Nokia's map service. Subscribers to Sina's microblog and Tencent's QQ instant-messaging service will be able to share their location on the social networking sites using their Nokia Internet-connected mobile phones, Nokia said in a statement following the signing of the deal.

It should be up and running in Q1 of this year.

- The Times of India

Russia "Russian search engine Yandex has introduced geo-targeted ads to its business directory."

- Search Engine Watch

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 08:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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