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Thursday, January 12, 2012

In a blog post titled "Update on our plan to integrate location and context services into our push messaging platform" the folks at Urban Airship explain their short term plan for SimpleGeo.  (APB covered the acqusition after it was announced in October.) The post explains, by citing a letter sent to SimpleGeo customers, that the goal of intergration must be done quickly. So, the newly blended team must focus.

In order to deliver on this aggressive vision in the shortest amount of time possible, we need to focus our product development efforts. So, after lots of internal discussion and customer conversations, we will wind down the availability of the current versions of Places, Context, and Storage over the next few months. We will do everything we can to minimize the impact to customers as we look to end the availability of these services on March 31, 2012. For more details on this change, see our FAQ document.

Factual, which has relationship with Urban Airship can insure continutiy of those using the Places service. There are migration options as well. As a "thank you" the company has forgiven past service fees and the services will be free to current users until they shut down. Current customers are also elegable for one of Urban Airship's services for free for up to six months.

I read this as meaning these types of services are never coming back to the Urban Airship menu. 
by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 02:01 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

"We don't have any numbers yet or statistics of the economic impact, I haven't calculated that yet but from what I can estimate, it's been at least a $500,000 economic impact since June of 2010," [Jenna] Dill [Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing and Sales Manager] said.

Geocachers who complete the Athens trail receive an official Athens geocoin. That seems to be one draw, though only 200 people have completed the trail. There are some 80 caches in the area.


by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Christine Quinn announced NYC Street Closures on Tuesday, which pulls together permit information and allows users to search by date and location.

Users can also sort by street, borough, purpose and duration of the closure.

- NBC New York

Open-Source, Real-Time Bus Tracking Is Coming to All of New York City! OpenPlans and Cambridge Systematics is doing the work.
The City of Seattle now offers details on its trees. 
We are pleased to make individual tree information available to the public via our new web based street tree map.  Users can obtain the common and scientific name, the inventory identification number, diameter, street address, party responsible for maintenance, the date the tree was planted or inventoried, and the date that the tree was last checked by clicking on an individual tree. 
Yes, you can add updated data to it via forms! It accesses ArcGIS Online but has its own look and feel.
by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 04:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


After 800 individuals and businesses applied for land use permits for an economic development zone in Guyana, the local paper reports its time to grow the GIS.

Meanwhile, [Houing and Water] Minister Ali said his Ministry is now focusing on expanding its Geographic Information System (GIS), which would serve as an effective management tool for the Central Housing and Planning Authority.

- CNC Guyana


I can't quite figure out who drove and who provided direction in this story of a car rally in India. I do like the inclusiveness, however.

Bhopal: With map in Braille in hands, visually challenged guided cars and drivers followed instructions. Denizens of Bhopal enjoyed this inspiring spectacle as Blind Challenge Car Rally 2012 was flagged off on Sunday.

- Daily Bhaskar

The Survey of India (SOI) has embarked upon a project for creating a national topographic database on a 1:10,000 scale for the entire country and aims to complete it during the 12th plan period, Surveyor General of India S Subba Rao said here today.

- IBN Live News

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 04:08 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Among those toeing the line at 8 am Saturday in Houston will be fellow GIS professional Paul Peterson (DM interview). The women (among whom I'm not aware of any GIS professionals) step off at 8:15 am. Over the air TV coverage is that afternoon. Good luck Paul!

At my house, Paul will be "our guy" since our local guy, who we hoped might run, got injured and didn't have a chance to make the qualifying time. We're still behind you 100% Alex!

- Houston 2012

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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