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Friday, August 26, 2011

As of today you can request as short URL (from Google's own shortener for a link to a Google Map.

Search Engine Roundtable

Lufthansa, Germany’s national airline, flies to many destinations in Europe. To help travelers discover Europe and encourage them to plan a vacation, Lufthansa has plotted all their destinations out on a map and linked them to famous spots via the Street View API. For example, by clicking on the Paris icon, users will be taken to Street View imagery of the Eiffel Tower to entice them to travel to the City of Lights.

Google Developers Blog

You can search by voice on your computer running the Chrome browser including on Google Maps. It used to only be available on mobile.

- Google Lat Long Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/26 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, August 25, 2011

There's a new edition of the Guide (13Mb pdf):

The second edition of the Guide contains 35% more content than the first edition. In response to requests from users there is a completely new chapter on data collection with step-by-step instructions on accessing many free map data and satellite imagery sources available for various parts of the world.

- MapAction News

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by Adena Schutzberg on 08/25 at 05:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Oregon and Rhode Island have joined AmericaView. What is AmericaView? 

a nationwide program that focuses on satellite remote sensing data and technologies in support of applied research, K-16 education, workforce development, and technology transfer.

- AmericaView Blog

OCUL [Ontario Council of University Libraries] is pleased to announce that the beta release of the Geospatial Portal will be available on August 25, 2011. This release will offer search, preview, and download functionality for a selection of datasets from DMTI Spatial Inc., the Ontario Geospatial Data Exchange (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources), and Statistics Canada. Data loaded to date covers such topics as land use, transportation networks, census boundaries, points of interest (such as schools, airports, and golf courses), and orthophotography for the GTA, Ottawa, and Southwestern Ontario. 
The Geospatial Portal beta will be available to students, staff and faculty at OCUL institutions. 
The University of Guam Cancer Research Center partnered with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Institute for Global Tobacco Control to train a group of youth and adult volunteers in community-based participatory research methods to test whether higher exposure to tobacco advertising is one of the reasons for higher tobacco use rates among Chamorro and other Micronesian youth. ...

Once the data is processed, the community research group will examine and analyze the data and determine how best to utilize and disseminate the information. We anticipate that the data will provide good local evidence to guide recommendations regarding tobacco point-of-sale advertising in Guam. The GIS mapping data will be presented at the Guam Community Tobacco Control Research Summit on August 27, 2011, and the Photovoice results will be displayed as a photo exhibit at this forum.
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/25 at 04:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


Green Square" is now "Martyrs' Square" on the online [Google] map for Tripoli, reflecting what rebels are now calling it. 

- AP


In Manchester UK, officials are looking at ways to cut costs. One idea: put GPS tracking devices on elders'/disabled people's scooters. I understand that to mean it would save money finding them should they become lost. My thought: why not track the person rather than the device? Many of my friends put IDs on their bikes; I argue it should be on their person.

- Manchester Evening News


The African preparatory meeting on the Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) closed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recently and recommended that African countries, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission, should finalise and implement the African Action Plan on Geospatial Information Management.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/25 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Group Commerce, a New York City-based company that sells a software platform to let publishers host their own daily deal applications, has acquired geo-location startup Socialight.

Socialight was just over a year old; no terms were disclosed. APB coverage of Socialight: 1, 2

- GigaOm

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/24 at 04:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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