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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Well a new version of the location-based application Forecast aims to get us back into the swing of sharing our every movement, but the difference is you don't check-in as you visit places, you aim to predict where you're going to be later in the day or week so there's more chance you'll bump into those you know.

You begin by creating your own Forecast about where you're planning on going and what you're planning on doing there. This information will then be linked up to your Foursquare account so that your friends can receive notifications about what you're up to and when you do eventually check-in. Forecast's recent integration with Facebook also means your friends will be updated about your future Forecasts and your check-ins on your Timeline too.

- Shiny Shiny

Dennis Crowley of Foursquare was one of three people in the keynote at Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona. The others were from Nokia (Elop) and HTC. Crowley outlined the Foursquare vision.

Ultimately, he sees Foursquare as an omnipresent layer of data which is open to other apps via its API – arguably its most important “feature”. “Anywhere you see a map, you should see foursquare dots on it,” he said.

- Mashable

FireWhat, a tech start-up in Dunsmuir, CA developed a revolutionary mapping and weather platform for wildfires around the country. Using a NASA satellite, WeatherUnderground Inc. local weather data, tracking information from Air Attack on-scene at wildfires, and Google Maps satellite imagery, provides current wildland fire perimeter data on a map showing roads, terrain, and local area weather.

A free verison will be available for iOS and Android April 1.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/29 at 06:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Chicago Magazine offers a look at the patterns of astroturfed (fake grassroots campaigns) and real ones. The patterns seem to clearly show which is which.

- Chicago Magazine

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/29 at 05:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Valdosta State (GA) Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences Professor Jia Lu was selected to give a guest lecture at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 29. The university does not teach GIS.

Dr. Lu delivered an all-day lecture titled “How GIS Technology Can Help Protect Saudi’s Environment”, during which she discussed how the Saudi government can use geographic information systems (GIS) to help bridge traditional environmental science methods with cutting edge mapping analyses. The lecture was delivered to graduate students studying math, computer science, engineering and environmental science. 

- press release

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana will be using Esri technology to teach GIS. Some departments already use GIS, but the hope is to have it used across all departments.

- KNUST News

Esri announced a new package of lab activities that use its products, but which could probably be used with other packages. 

- press release

- deeper look and analysis at Ignite Education Blog

FM Global has two paid, 3-6 month GIS internship opportunities positions to offer to students that are motivated to apply their classroom experience, professional attitude, and personal ambition.  GIS Specialist Interns will support FM Global’s GIS initiatives, including ad-hoc mapping requests, map data development/maintenance, and GIS environment support/enhancements.

These are in Johston, RI. I have a vested interest in this company; it was one of my clients back in the day and had a very sharp GIS team.


- details

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/29 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja has resigned after the Federal Communications Commission turned down the company's plan to build a nationwide wireless network, the company said.

He'll remain chairman, but the cheif network officer will take over as CEO. Phil Falcone has joined the board.

National Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/28 at 10:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

University of Pennsylvania researchers created a state by state sleep map using national data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The map suggests southerners have more sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue and westerners the least. The data is from a phone survey of 150,000 people. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medecine (subscription required) and maps are in the press release.

-via US News

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released data on worldwide obesity. The OECD report says obesity is related to inequality, with higher rates among poorer people. The data is available from OECD, but Great Lakes made the map which includes rates for girls and boys.

- Great Lakes Advocate

The first interactive global fistula map was launched on Tuesday, showing that one in 50 women receive treatment for this devastating childbirth injury which leaves women leaking urine and/or faeces uncontrollably. ...

The Global Fistula Map is a joint project by Direct Relief International, the Fistula Foundation and UNFPA, with data also contributed by EngenderHealth, Women and Health Alliance International, and the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons.

The goal is to better locate services for fixing this common problem. Tech: ArcGIS Online.


by Adena Schutzberg on 02/28 at 06:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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