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Thursday, May 24, 2012


Spime specializes in GPS software platforms for use by smartphone app developers. Its MapMan LBS Platform integrates social and location services into GPS-enabled apps. Spime also offers a navigation service and map service under the names Northstar Nav and Northstar Map. Spime’s customers include mobile operators, manufacturers, developers, and platform and semiconductor providers, who use its platforms to build location-based apps. Nokia’s Navteq has partnered with Spime for its GPS technology.

Most of its offerings are white labeled, so its not a brand that's well-known in the LBS or consumer space.

VentureBeat reports the news citing Spime CEO's Shankar Narayanan, chief executive's LinkedIn page. There's no official word from Trimble on its website as this post goes to press. It's unclear if Trimble plans to use the technology in its professional offerings or if maybe this is a move into the platform space.

- VentureBeat

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 03:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dr. Oz and his crew were in Philadelphia giving 15 minute physicals and compiling the data from them for the mayor. Medigadget did an interview with Oz's  medical unit clinical event director, Mike Hoaglin and caught this gem about GIS.

Medgadget:  Are there any trends in medical technology or innovation (e.g. quantified self, big data analytics) that you and Dr. Oz are particularly excited about?

Hoaglin:  In general, much of the data out there remain untapped and hold a treasure trove of information that can really transform the way we think about health. We’re particularly excited about the potential of decoding unstructured data through natural language processing technology, where we can pull critical data elements from prose writing. Incorporating GIS technology into disease surveillance will allow the earlier intervention in devasting health crises as tell-tale symptoms are reported earlier.

- Medgagadget

Kochi-based NGO, Centre for Advancement of Global Health (CAGH), is using satellite imagery and GIS to help eradicate mosqitos and the diseases they cause. Work like this has been done in Africa, but is now moving to India.

It aims to use satellite images to identify areas with high mosquito density and places where mosquito breeding is extensive. This will help health officials in fixing their target in their anti-mosquito drive to control diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya.

- Times of India

The original implementation of SUPRAMAP, a web-based application that synthesizes large, diverse datasets so that researchers can better understand the spread of  across hosts and geography, was built with a single client that was tightly coupled to the server software. Now its gone open source.

"We now have decoupled the server from the original client to provide a modular  for POY, ( an open-source, freely available phylogenetic analysis program developed at AMNH. The web service can be used by other researchers with new ideas, data, and clients to create novel applications," said Ward Wheeler, curator-in-charge of scientific computing at AMNH and a coauthor with Janies and others on a recent article about the project in the journal Cladistics.

- press release


by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

We learned of the name change to Google Maps Engine at the Location Intelligence Conference, but I guess it was not the right venue to announce free licenses for non-profits.

We didn’t think “Earth Builder” reflected the true capabilities of the product or vision that we have for easily accessible geospatial data. So, today we're renaming Google Earth Builder to be called Google Maps Engine. Today we’re also announcing the launch of our Google Maps Engine grants program for nonprofits. 

I for one always found the "Builder" name awkward and was never sure what Google Earth had to do with it.

- Google Enterprise Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A City of Cornwall employee has been recognized for his efforts in creating a unique on-line mapping site for the City.

GIS Applications Specialist Denis Lalonde of the City of Cornwall (Ontario, CA) received the gold medal prize in the Best Web GIS category of the Best Geographic Information System Challenge Awards from the Ontario URISA chapter.. The awards are organized by the Ontario chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).The app is built on MapGuide Open Source [link and "open source" added 5/29] and includes city businesses, transit routes and times, property lines, addresses, subdivision plans, zoning, municipal utilities, points of interest, historical air photos.

- Cornwall Seaway News

Open-source development, because of its collaborative nature, moves faster. One dude writes it, another improves upon it. ESRI, a vendor of proprietary geographic information systems, and Microsoft, our database vendor, don't offer some of the advanced features my staff has created for a location-based business app using open-source tools PostgreSQL and PostGIS.

Because of the speed of innovation and advanced features of open-source products, we were able to create an app with a far faster end user response time than if we had relied on the two proprietary vendors. I'll take the agility any day, even though the skeptics have warned me of the dire consequences of using an open-source database.

-  Jonathan Feldman, contributing editor for InformationWeek and director of IT services for a rapidly growing city in North Carolina writing in a commentary titled Open Source: Why Are You Still Waiting? at InformationWeek.

Although some of the proprietary vendors such as ESRI were demonstrating at the [FOSS4GNA] conference, it's unclear what unique capabilities they can continue to provide given all the open source choices.

- From a recap of FOSS4GNA by Jim Collinsworth (published May 22 - not sure why) on the BreakThrough Technologies blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Here's a photo montage of the day's events taken at Directions Magazine's Location Intelligence Conference, May 22, 2012. And find more photos from the Oracle Spatial User Conference here.

by Joe Francica on 05/22 at 06:45 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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