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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Steve Eillis joined AeroMetric as Vice President of Business Development, leading the expansion of AeroMetric's enterprise geographic information systems (E-GIS) team. I got a "Constant Contact" style e-mail developed in a service called Vertical Response from Steve. It cited this press release on his new job. The release reminded me how I knew him: "Ellis was most recently vice president with GeoDecisions, a division of Gannett Fleming."

Thea Clay is now RHoK [Random Hacks of Kindness] Community Support Manager. She's known there as Thea Aldrich. I heard about her new job via Twitter and read a blog post she wrote on the RHOK website. Oddly, the post had a man's picture, since he posted it. The post reminded me she was most recently at MapQuest, on the MapQuest Open Initaitive Team, then before that at CloudMade. 

Tony Moracp at SAIC got a plain old press release.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced today that Tony Moraco, executive vice president for operations and performance excellence, has been appointed to president of SAIC's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Group, effective immediately. Moraco is currently responsible for enterprise-wide business support in information technology, facilities, security, program execution, procurement, shared services and operational initiatives.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 05:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google appears to be fighting back [fight OSM, others]. On Tuesday [today] it will announce two new sites aimed at encouraging developers of all skill levels to use its maps for location services and mobile applications. One of the sites has easy-to-follow directions, while the other is a gallery of things people have built with Google Maps.

I don't find the "easy to follow directions" just yet.

- NY Times

Released today [March 14], the newest version of Google Earth for Android and iOS adds a long-awaited feature that should make the mobile mapping experience more like that on the desktop: KML file support.

KML, or Keynote Markup Language, is a file format used to display geographic data in the Google Earth browser. The format can be used by anyone to create and distribute custom map overlays on the Web.

It's pretty sad that the news detailed on the Google Lat Long Blog got so muddled in the Cnet's coverage above. KML is Keyhole Markup Language; it's an open format (sorry encoding standard) now managed by OGC.

- C|net

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 04:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In support of Kalusugan Pangkalahatan, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) launches the first of its ‘Crowdsourcing for Health’ initiatives using GoogleMaps.

Determined to maximize the benefits of the social networking platform, PhilHealth is encouraging the online crowd to help map all health facilities in the Philippines, according to  the statement from the agency website.

In fact, the public is invited to put points on Google Map Maker or OpenStreetMap. PhilHealth will be combining the data and hosting it on its website. I'm pretty sure you can do that with OSM data (with attribution); I'm not sure about the Google licensing.

- Philippine Information Agency

Middle Georgia got an EPA grant to do lead testing via Head Start programs among other things. The other things:

The goals of the grant are to increase testing in the district’s 10 rural counties from 9 percent to at least 25 percent within a year; to educate primary care providers about lead risks and testing requirements; and to evaluate a geographic information system risk model in Bibb County that will identify high-risk neighborhoods and the children who live in them.

- Macon.com

A recent report [pdf] on health inequities in the San Joaquin Valley gives new meaning to the real estate mantra: location, location, location.

The report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Fresno State's Central Valley Health Policy Institute found that location plays a very real role in health -- so real in fact that life expectancy rates can vary by as much as 21 years in the valley, depending on the ZIP code.

- California HealthLine

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 04:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The map of the 70 days it will take for the Olympic Flame to travel from Lands End to London is now detailed in a map (Microsoft). Eight thousand people will carry it and it will travel within 10 miles of 95% of residents of the UK. It will also travel by other means.

- London2012 Torch Relay

You might have heard the chuckling around Valentine's Day, which is also close to National Condom Week on the calendar about a new effort to have couples check in when having safe relations. The coveage I saw didn't highlight the main message of the backers, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest: safe relations. The map is out and show 8,000 checkins. Some 60,000 QR coded condoms were distributed to entice visitors to the site to checkin, but anyone visiting the website can checkin.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest has combined the use of new social media technology with their National Condom Week campaign to promote safe sex practices, specifically among young adults and college students. PPGNW launched WhereDidYouWearIt.com and released 60,000 QR-coded condoms in Idaho, Alaska and Washington that send smartphone users to the site.

- The Ithican

Poynt Corporation, in partnership with GasBuddy, has launched its gas search feature on the Poynt mobile local search and advertising platform for users in Canada.

- TechFinance.ca

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 03:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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