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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Brunei

The Sultanate announced the entire country can now be seen in 3-D thanks to the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s unwavering efforts. The topography was collected using LiDAR. It appears the visualization is not available to the public.

- Brunei Direct

Australia

A writer at FutureGov Asia cites the value of geodata and standards after attending the OGC meeting in December and in light of the current flooding in Australia. Look for Steve Ramages article in the January issue.

- FutureGov

China

French tire maker Michelin entered China’s map market this week by launching the first in its World Destination Travel Map Series, a move to take a bigger slice of China’s booming outbound travel market. The first bilingual Michelin World Destination Travel Map Series consists of nine maps for 13 European countries.

- China.org.cn

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 09:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Only 8% of grocery shoppers say they would actually prefer to receive offers on their mobile while they are in the supermarket, according to new research. 51% of UK adults want them before they travel to the store.

- press release

Foursquare community snap 1m photos in under a month.

- Pocket Gamer

What Spot Now provides (via real time imagery) views, real-time promotions, and social chatter, and a look at what’s happening right now at your favorite places. “Indoor live version” of other “find interesting places to hang out.

- Mashable

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 08:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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Patent 7,870,229 was granted on Jan 11 to Poynt Corporation and is titled: “Network for targeting individual operating a microcomputer regardless of his location.”

Abstract:

A network adapted to target an individual operating a microcomputer that is linked to an Internet to offer this individual goods or services appropriate to his needs that are available at a place within reach of the individual’s present location. The microcomputer is provided with a GPS receiver that indicates the present location of the individual, this location and the identity of the individual being transmitted from the microcomputer to a web site on the highway. At the web site, a computer associated with a data bank storing the profiles of a multitude of consumers is programmed to find out whether the identified individual is included in the data bank, and to determine from his profile whether there are available at a place reachable from his present location appropriate goods or services. If a match is found, an offer to supply such goods or services is conveyed from the web site to the microcomputer.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 07:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Cobb County Department of Transportation [Georgia] has launched a Web-based tool—available at http://www.cobbdot.org—that makes it easy for users to find road closings and determine the best detours around them.

Unlike the state’s tool, this one includes county roads.

- Kennesaw Patch

There are some interesting maps in a review of the briefing presented Tuesday to the Seattle City Council’s transportation committee as the city prepares to update its current 5-year-old plan. It shows which areas of the city took the bus.

- Capitol Hill Seattle

Virtual Louisiana data is being collected using GPS-enabled cameras. “The statewide project, funded by a $9.5 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, will eventually map all of Louisiana’s commercial structures in every parish to assist police, firefighters, public works officials and tax assessors.

- Shreveport Times

THE Dubai Municipality (DM) launched the Dubai Map 2010 (not sure why it’s not 2011), the third official map of the emirate.

The third map has gathered all the data about the Emirate of Dubai such as updated names and numbers of areas, names of roads, intersections, bridges, tunnels, and the names of government bodies, development projects in the emirate with details of projects under development and that have been completed, in addition to the list of medical services such as hospitals and clinics, tourist services such as hotels, restaurants, commercial centres, recreational areas and parks, service companies and bank locations.

The first map was launched in 1994 and and the second one in 2000. Now the frequency will change for the map, which comes in three sizes (pocket size, normal size and wall size): It’ll be updated every 6 months.

- Gulf Today

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new online Haiti mapping project developed by InterAction helps map out the work of NGOs on the ground in Haiti.

The interactive Haiti Aid Map was developed in partnership with U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and sponsored by FedEx.

- ReliefWeb

A report (pdf) released yesterday by Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities, with support from Internews and funding from the Knight Foundation, takes a critical look at the role of communications in the crisis and recommends ways to improve the effectiveness of utilizing media in future disaster relief efforts. Among the noteworthy innovations used: Ushahidi, OpenStreetMap, SMS and more. But, there is more to do and whether this was success is still unclear.

- PBS Media Shift

Destruction in Haiti, Then and Now - Aerial photos from GeoEye & Google

- NY Times via @FrankBergeron

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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