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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Old News: MapQuest Introduces Walking and Transit Directions! Oh and "Rail Transit Directions are now available in six major metro areas (NYC, Chicago, D.C., San Fran, Boston and Philly)"

- MapQuest Blog

Today's News: " ...we’re thrilled to present our free Android™ app with turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation, as well as OpenStreetMap (OSM) capabilities. Download it here." The coolest bit, besides free and built on OSM? "Bug Logging for OSM: Standing in front of a new building?  Report it to the community and they’ll fill in the missing pieces"

- MapQuest Blog via James Fee

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/16 at 01:27 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


The project is looking for height data (of all kinds from aerial photos to GPS to trachymeter) that can be licensed under the Open Database License or current OSM license (CC-BY-SA).

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/16 at 05:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Input is due on Feb 18 (it was extended to this date) from Jan 31. About 200 citizens and have chimed in but few industries. Two noted by PaidContent: banks and geospatial.


Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), a trade group representing large banks and investment firms—Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, AIG Financial and similar institutions. In its comments, SIFMA basically asks to not be regulated by any FTC privacy rules at all.


The FTC notes a few areas that require “special protection,” including health and financial information, as well as “precise geolocation data.” What does that mean exactly? No one really knows, and that’s why a group of aerial mapping and “geospatial” companies are freaking out about the report already. In a 3-page letter submitted to the FTC last month, the director of “geospatial” trade group MAPPS writes: “We are particularly concerned that this term was not defined in the FTC staff report.”

- Paid Content

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/16 at 05:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


NJ State Sen. Barbara Buono introduced legislation "requiring wireless providers to educate consumers on how to disable their phone GPS capabilities."  How? Via a dedicated phone/e-mail contact that could provide step by step instructions. CTIA is concerned about 911 availability. The focus of the bill seems to be to protect victims of domestic violence.

Buono introduced a cell phone bill on Jan. 25 and it has been referred to the Senate Economic Growth Committee. I see no mention of tracking via wi-fi or other technologies.

- Courier-Post

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/16 at 05:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Now this is just sad. A winner of the Ottawa app contest and attended the awards this week is rallying the other participants to help get OC Transpo to put the live GPS data stream back - so his app will work.


"If they release the data to third-party developers, it will be a better experience for riders," said Jonathan Rudenberg, 18, who tied for the "people's choice" award in the Apps4Ottawa contest for his app called "Where is my Bus?"

- Ottawa Citizen

--- original post 1/24/11 ---

Ottawa's public transit authority pulled access to its gobal positioning system information this week, shutting down a third-party application built to track city buses and trains. OC Transpo, the city transport authority, made the data available as part of a pilot project, but after week shut it down. In that time, a programmer, Jonathan Rudenberg took advantage of the information and built The authority said the data was not accurate enough for a bus tracker, but would releasing its own later in the year.


by Adena Schutzberg on 02/16 at 04:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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