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Friday, October 28, 2011

Nokia-powered Yahoo Maps (NokiHoo) have just gone live in the US and Canada:

That's the word from Greg Sterling writing at Search Engine Land. He poked around (thanks!) and says the new offering is not impressive, but more is on the way.

I will note that this is the second piece of news this week (the first being Google's plan to actually implement caps on its Maps API) that are "news," but that really impact very few people.

- Search Engine Land

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 11:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This has been an ongoing issue that frankly has been overshadowed by other GPS-related issues (LightSquared). Back in September the FCC began a campaign against retailers who sell jammers which it said extended to advertisers, too. Google agreed to the removal but NextGov reports that compliance seems to have come only this week.

- NextGov

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 04:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Austin was selected last week as a partner city with Code for America, a non-profit organization that connects developers with people who deliver city services. Code for America receives funding from the Knight Foundation and Microsoft among many others.  

The city makes some data available; the vision for the project starting in January is for apps to use those data.

- KUT News

Washington County, MD will recoup its investment ($467,000) in digital property maps by requiring surveyors and others who want their own copies to pay a $300 license fee. The data is freely viewable online. Hagerstown will get 24% of the fees as its data is 24% of the county's. Commissioners voted unanmously on this fee.

- Herald Mail

The Albion Town Council [IN] directed its town manager to complete electronic utility mapping layers for the town’s Geographic Information System maps.

The City of Portsmouth, NH has all sorts of maps online - tax, bike racks, wireless. And, except for some based on Google Maps, there are all PDF.

- Seacoast Online

Town manager Beth Shellman needs to complete a major project that benefits the town and uses tools and techniques learned in her Certified Public Manager Phase 2 training to complete that training.

Shellman gave the council a list of four possible projects for that work. The council unanimously chose the GIS project.

I wonder if that means that the Certified Public Manager training includes discussion of GIS?


by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The American Jobs Act is a big proposal that can be hard to visualize, so we wanted to put together a new tool to help show the impact.

The result is this map, which sadly makes it very hard to see any patterns or compare state to state. To do that sort of analysis you can download the raw data. This smacks to me of, "we have boring data, let's make it sexy by putting it on a map." This is a place a map does not really help.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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