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Monday, November 28, 2011

ReadWriteWeb provided details on near field communication (NFC) might be used by foursquare to make it easier to check-in to certain retail venues without the need to open the app and manually perform a search. Using NFC, the user merely swipes the mobile device near an NFC tag. Since people merely forget to "check-in" this new option certainly facilitates the process and lowers the barrier to utilizing location-based apps. It might even further the benefits of location-based adverting. See also our coverage of Blue Bite (1, 2).

-- ReadWriteWeb

by Joe Francica on 11/28 at 12:02 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

TripAdvisor have launched a set of free android apps providing city guides for 20 popular world cities, and for the maps they've used 

Each of the following cities has a dedicated app on the android marketplace: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Florence, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Las Vegas, London, 
Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, and Washington D.C., 

This means the apps are free and can be downloaded and hosted on the phone.

- OpenGeoData Blog

The arresting OSM-based road casualties map we tweeted recently now covers the USA too…
Here's the press release on the map. It notes: "Mapping is provided by MapQuest. Map data by OpenStreetMap and contributors and released on a cc-by-sa 2.0 license."

In what I believe is a momentously progressive move for open data in South Africa, NGI [ National Geo-spatial Information aka South Africa's national mapping organisation] is in the process of signing an agreement with OSM. It is a modified version of NGI’s standard ‘Map Data Services Provider’ agreement whereby third parties can distribute NGI data. What this means is that OSM will incorporate all the most recent South African topographical vector data from NGI. NGI data have been free and open for several years but this will make them accessible as never before.

NGI will retain copyright over its data and they will be distributed under OSM’s Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence and in future under the Open Database Licence.

In return, NGI will obtain updates and corrections as generated by OSM’s community of contributors and incorporate them into its data maintenance workflow.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/28 at 06:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Pulse, still in Nokia Beta Labs, aims to be a "one click" soution to share and archive all the relevant data of a mobile conversation. The example in the video below is not all that compelling: Mom at kid's soccer game, captures daughter scoring on video, shares with Dad, plans celebration over pizze, sends Dad map. It's very private and apparently stores all the data for each Pulse "conversation." Like many in the YouTube stream comments, I'm not sure I get it. 

via Tnooz

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/28 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

"Customers aren't saying, 'give me the data in this format; they are saying give me the data!'," says Scott Robinson, Pitney Bowes Business Insight's (PBBI), Director, Global Data Products.  "As we start this concept of making the data on demand ... we are going to market with the notion of Geosk as a fulfillment platform."

It's always been a dilemma for most geospatial professionals to have immediate access to data. Unlike the 1980's when data was delivered on tape or even the early 90's when data was delivered on tens of CD's, today it is unacceptable not to have immediate access. With cloud storage offering better options to host larger data sets, business models are emerging that allows users to take down data on demand.

DigitalGlobe's ImageConnect, GeoEye's EyeQ, and Esri's ArcGIS Online are all offering options for taking down data on demand. But PBBI wants to take it a step further by putting an emphasis on content management. "The area that we think as potentially big opp. Is in content management…where is data that we purchased; where is that project data that we did; where is that content that we purchased, said Robinson."

PBBI's technology stack is comprised of WeoGeo forming the backbone with Safe Software's FME serving to extract data as needed by the client. The ability to deliver data in exactly the right format and extents was key. Clients want to immediately know what data is available and can they see it. PBBI's objective was to cut the cycle times for getting data to the customer.  In addition, Robinson sees PBBI on a metadata journey to provide clients with value and currency because he believes it forms the backbone of search.

With Geosk, officially launched last week, their data as a service (DaaS) platform, PBBI is taking their library of data and offering a one-stop shop for demographic and business data. But Robinson sees some hurdles ahead.  "The challenge will be how we evolve this. Today it is a download model; can it evolve to support a web app and not deal with any locally stored data." Robinson thinks this is the next wave and the ability to accessing hosted data and rent it. Today the ability to "cookie-cut" only the data you want from a certain area in place now as is per unit pricing. Licensing is always going to be a challenge but PBBI thinks it has thought the problem through and believes it has a leg up on the competition. 

by Joe Francica on 11/28 at 02:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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