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Thursday, April 12, 2012

With the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic upon us, please click on the attached link for the Esri map that plots the geography, class, and fate of the passengers on the ship.

Some key results: First-class passengers were primarily from affluent European and American cities, while the bulk of third-class travelers were immigrants, many from far-flung locations including Scandinavia, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Lebanon. More than 60% of first-class passengers survived, while only 27% of steerage passengers escaped death.

- Esri Communications

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/12 at 10:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The suit was made public back in March but seems to have just hit the media today. The story, as told on the geocoder.ca website:

Since 2004 we have crowdsourced* the generation of the "Canadian Postal Code Geocoded Database." When you make a query to geocoder containing for example this information "1435 Prince of Wales, Ottawa, ON K2C 1N5", we then extract the postal code "K2C 1N5" and insert it into the database that you may download for free on this website.

This allows you to look up a postal code (eg K2C 1N5) on www.geocoder.ca, or www.openstreetmap.org or a number of other sites that use geocoder.ca data and technology.

Since we do not have a postal code dataset from the authority on postal code assignments, namely "Canada Post", we derive and guess this information sometimes with pretty good accuracy results.

Now "Canada Post" has sued "Geocoder.ca" in Federal Court, asking "Geocoder.ca" to take this database down from this website, and also to "pay Canada Post" damages on lost business the later has suffered by not selling enough copies of their own postal code file (last time I checked at $5,000CAD a piece).

A defense fund has been set up and already has several hundred dollars. The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) is representing geocoder.ca in federal court.

geocoder.ca via @openstreetmap

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/12 at 10:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

TomTom, Waze and other "GPS" companies build and offer map data based on their users travel routes. ALK Technologies has been using its data internally for its consumer and trucking products for years. But now, the plan is to license the data to others.

Barry Glick? He of MapQuest, Webraska and NAVTEQ fame became CEO for the mobile navigation and truck mileage solution provider last April.

- GPS Biz News

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/12 at 04:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

University of Georgia's John Knox, an associate professor of geography is among the best undergraduate teachers in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and RateMyProfessors.com.  He's a physical geographer.

- press release via @theaag

The GIS Mapping Replication and Expansion Project, a unique partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and 4-H, was honored by the FWS and 4-H National Headquarters with the 2012 Connecting Youth with Nature through Natural Resources Conservation Education Award. Two Iowa youth, Jennifer and Benjamin Akers of Oskaloosa, accepted the award and spoke about the project within Iowa.

- Iowa State Extension and Outreach

What can Foursquare tell us about the modern neighborhood? That's the question being asked by Livehoods, a new project from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. The project maps 18 million check-ins to determine what places get visited by the same people. As the creators explain on the site, "if many of the same people check-in to two nearby locations, then these locations will likely be part of the same Livehood."

- The Atlantic Cities

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

AdAge asks and answers:

Where do people get sick? We worked with GfKMRI to see how the Patchwork Nation county types skew in terms of prevalence of major illnesses.

You can look at the map (and some demographics from GFKMRI) and/or download the data for your own use. You can also read about actual people to better understand the stats.

- AdAge

BeWellUSC offers an interactive wellness map that allows students to find places on campus that promote physical and spiritual wellness.

- Daily Trojan

The Guardian looks about an agreement with the Ordnance Survey to access and use its data is helping medical groups in the UK better serve the population.

Health organisations are increasingly turning to mapping to visualise and plan service provision. More than two thirds of PCTs, all ambulance trusts and 69 hospital trusts in England and Wales have registered for the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA), which widens access to Ordnance Survey (OS) digital mapping products.

- The Guardian

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/12 at 03:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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