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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Yahoo has made some changes and is looking for $$$ from Koprol, the Indonesia-based location-based social network it acquired last year. (APB coverage).

Today, the local location-based social network Koprol rolls out their new revamped version of the site but it’s currently not available as your default look. In order to see the #newkoprol, you’d have to go to and use it there. The Yahoo company also start using promoted hashtags as a way to make money where advertisers can promote their content inside the service.

Asian Correspondent

Is it me or are we beginning to scratch the bottom of the barrel for LBS apps? Case in point Windows Phone app Travelnapp. You set it to wake you up when you reach a certain location. It uses GPS, so per the article, it works underground. I'm skeptical of that claim. I'm all for student developed apps (James Mundy, a Physics student at Sheffield University build it) but this seems to me to have a limited audience.


Signapore's AppVenture Challenge was organised by the Mobile Alliance and supported by the Infocomm Development Authority. The Challenge was created to support the growing need for world-class developers in Singapore and serves to develop talent within the community, by providing a platform for any individuals or groups interested to hone their skills at mobile apps development. As part of the AppVenture Challenge, an award was created to recognise the Best Application developed using Government Data. 

                                 A. Company Category

First Place - ShowNearby
Second Place - WeatherLah
Third Place - Show Timezz
Best Government App : ShowNearby
B. Individual/Student Category

First Place - Parks "Live"
Second Place - Sg Parking
Third Place - mHealth
Best Government App : BeAMinister

ShowNearby is a mapping application that combines data from the government and other sources. ShowNearby provides users with points-of-interest information, telling them the locations of the nearest amenities and places of interest from their current location. Users can more than 20 amenities and places of interest such as restaurants, bus interchanges and dental clinics. 

Parks “Live” allows park visitors to explore Singapore’s Pasir Ris Park using augmented reality. The augmented reality function provides park visitors with exact directions and distances to park attractions and amenities such as restrooms, shelters and barbecue pits.

- Singpore Gov News

- App Gallery

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/05 at 05:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

LizardTech is releasing a Express Server version 7 today, the company's image distribution software, with enhancements to both performance and administration. From spinning up the image data disc to viewing imagery takes less than 30 minutes according to Jon Skiffington, product manager. In the past, set up for Express Server was a more manual process but this release includes several common, default settings that streamlines the administrative process. Performance improvements include the expansion of addressable memory with this 64-bit release of Express Server.

With the release of the next generation of the MrSID format last fall, Express Server is now capable of handling multispectral imagery beyond three bands, a limitation from previous versions. MrSID 4 support is built into Express Server with this release. Express Server  will also be able to publish data to other web application via WMS, for example, as well as third party GIS servers like ArcGIS Server, MapGuide, etc.

The workflow most people will use to get MrSID imagery into Express Server is via GeoExpress. Then imagery can be served to whatever format the client request such JPEG or PNG.

The State of New Jersey, with over 900 Gigabytes of compressed multispectral imagery and orthophotography, is now using Express Server, and while having tested many applications to serve imagery, has selected Express Server because of its performance in support of their large image archive.

by Joe Francica on 07/05 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The FCC is invited comment on the working group report by July 30 with responses by August 15.

- FCC statement and details of how to submit comments

Esri's Survey Summit/American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) Annual Conference features a session on the Lightsquared issue. Pete Large (Trimble and Save our GPS Coalition) and Jeff Carlisle (LightSquared) will speak about this issue during the plenary session on Saturday July 9 at 4 pm. There will also be a LightSquared Forum on Sunday morning July 10 with Large and Carlisle and others. 

- Summit Website

On Friday, The Save our GPS Coalition released a "review" of the working group report released the day before. It's more of a "shredding."

- review (press release, pdf)

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/05 at 03:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Shane Bradt, geospatial extension specialist for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, recently presented information on how to put businesses on the digital map, giving fishermen and small businesses the opportunity to reach new clients who are increasingly tech-savvy. 

Does your university have someone like that? Should it?

- Fosters 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 43 community-based organizations to receive funding [more than $9.5M total] to promote economic growth and the selection of six rural microenterprises for loans and grants to support rural business development, create jobs and strengthen local communities.

Two include GIS training:


Community Action Kentucky, Inc.: $75,000 to train water and wastewater utility workers in GIS technology.

South Dakota

First Nations Oweesta Corporation: $100,000 to increase the capacity of eight Native American non-profit organizations to conduct sustainable community and economic development initiatives.

Planning and Development District III: $167,500 to train local governments to effectively utilize new GIS technologies.

- press release

Down in Belize a local GIS company is offering GIS camp/classes for kids. Here's how the local TV station understands GIS:

GIS - the abbreviation stands for Geographic Information Systems - it's a system of map-making combined with information to come up with a real time image of a place or space.

It may sound complex, but you'd be surprised to know that it's so simple even a child can do it! That's what we found when we visited a very novel summer camp at total Business solutions Limited.

The company is the Esri distributor but Esri is not mentioned in the article. How refreshing!

- Seven News

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/05 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today launched the nation’s most comprehensive online directory for patients to find reliable information on the quality of health care provided by physicians and hospitals in their communities. From Maine to California, medical patients can scroll over a U.S. map and find web-based resources to help them choose a doctor or hospital in their town based on whether patients received recommended tests and treatment, the outcomes of their care, their experience with providers, or the overall cost of care.

- press release

I was not aware that the AAG had been working with the National Institutes of Health for a decade and began a "a far-reaching new initiative for GIScience, health, and geography, called the AAG Initiative for an NIH-Wide GIS Infrastructure" two years ago. Doug Richardson writes about it in the latest ArcNews.

- ArcNews

Disease Maps” (University of Chicago Press, $45) is a new book by Tom Koch, a medical geographer in British Columbia. In it he traces the history and contemporary applications of epidemic mapping. It came out June 30th.

- Washinton Post

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/05 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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