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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said he will soon introduce a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to get location-based information from smartphones and other mobile devices, instead of simple subpoenas or other methods without court oversight.

- PC World

(Note: I’m working really hard to differentiate between legislation and regulation! Thanks to @mappsorg for the lesson.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 09:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The survey of 1500 residents last December in United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, the United States, and Canada was conducted as part of Microsoft’s participation in its annualData Privacy Daythis year to be held on Friday.

- Less than 20% of users had ever used a service that tells others where they are, or to find the location of other people.
- Only 27% of US users say they’d pay for any location-based service—even GPS-based services that let users find themselves and nearby businesses on a map. The number was lower in other countries, dropping to 16% in Canada.
- Of the users who have tried location-based services, more have used Google Latitude or Places (52%) than have used Facebook Places (50%). The positions are reversed in the UK and Germany.
- Of the users who have tried location-based services, only 15% in the US have used Foursquare, and the number was lower in other countries.

- SF Gate
- Survey Presentation, exec summary (downloads)
- Microsoft blog post

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 08:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

To connect with the Kansas sesquicentennial celebration, the new 2011-2012 Official State Transportation Map will focus on 150 years of transportation across the state.

The map has an antique appearance and includes a variety of historical and recent transportation photos. It will feature a barbed wire fence border around the state and a parchment paper background.

In addition, this is the Kansas Department of Transportation’s first state map to be created completely in Geospatial Information System (GIS) and it is one of the first ones in the nation to be produced in this manner, which merges cartography, data analysis and database technology.

Why is that? I should have thought would have occurred sooner. Is it the lack of finishing tools that are only now in GIS packages?

- Abilene Reflector-Chronicle

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 07:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sri Lanka The National Building Research Institute says a programme is underway to prepare a map which indicates areas in danger of landslides.

- SL Broadcasting Corporation

Abu Dhabi Work on mapping the locations of fossilised animals in Abu Dhabi has begun, the the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) said on Monday.

- Emirates 24/7

The Philippines The 6th Geographical Information Systems (GIS) user conference in the Asia Pacific Region begins Jan 26 in Mandaluyong City.

The event is spearheaded by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), a GIS software company based in Redlands, California. Geodata Systems Technologies, a local IT company focused on providing GIS and related geospatial technologies will host the event. The two-day forum is said to be the biggest gathering for members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) are expected to attend the annual event. Esri founder, president and Chief Operating Officer Jack Dangermond will be attending the event to share his insights on the latest trends and developments for the GIS technology. This year’s theme, “One Community, One Map" will highlight the need for national and community mapping programs that can provide a common map framework by which organizations and governments can build a share and consistent, authoritative, current physical, social, political, cultural, economic and environmental information.

- GMA News.TV

"ESRI, [sic] has teamed up with the Land Information Center and Trimble Navigation to host the First Annual Belize GIS User Conference and Exhibition..."

- 7 News Belize

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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