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Friday, March 02, 2012

Foursquare has joined a few other players and switched off of Google Maps and onto OSM for its basemaps. The new maps are built on OSM, but are in fact MapBox Streets, a new product from the MapBox folks, aka DevelopmentSeed.

- Foursquare Blog

MapQuest has tweeked the look of its OSM-based maps (MapQuest Open) and enhance perfomance of tiles.

We updated the styles of our Open tiles to match some of the improvements we’ve made on our licensed tileset. ...

The second change is that we upgraded the tiling platform for better performance and reliability. Hopefully it’s like a great offensive line in football – you never notice it because it just works.

- MapQuest Dev Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/02 at 06:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

 Transparency International – Malaysia (TI-M) aims to enlist 1,000 committed volunteers this year to help monitor the forests in the country.

“Anybody can join our Forest Watch Project and become a forest ranger,” said TI-M Forest Governance Integrity Programme project manager Victor Soosai at a conference at Grand Dorsett Hotel last Thursday.

He said members of the public can sign up to be a volunteer via the Forest Watch Project website (

Launched on Feb 1, the website enables the public to report illegal deforestation using Google Earth’s real-time satellite imagery and aerial photography.

Of course the imagery is not real time, but the crowdsourced effort is already underway in other countries including  Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, China and the Solomon Islands 

- Selangor Times

Using the power of social-networking BomgoHive Zambia is using the on-line mapping platform Ushahidi to build up an accurate picture of the fast-growing network of technology innovation and entrepreneurship centres across the continent of Africa. 

BongoHive have created a dynamic, user-generated, on-line map which is revealing just how many tech business incubation hubs have been set up around the continent. 

- press release

Grindr, the social network for the LGBT crowd, has luanched a new effort centered around social justice.

Grindr for Equality is requesting ongoing submissions and information pertaining to the GLBT community where users live. Individuals and like-minded groups are encouraged to send an email with basic contact information and a brief description of how the issue relates to the GLBT community and how Grindr for Equality could provide assistance. Submissions can be sent via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or those interested can visit for additional information.

- Just Means

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/02 at 06:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Read about  Howard Veregin, Wisconsin's State Cartographer in Good Magazine.

Listen to FCC GIO Michael Byrne on FedNewsRadio.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/02 at 06:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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