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Monday, June 11, 2012

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TomTom has issued a statement confirming it licensed data to Apple. It's a global license.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 06/11 at 12:35 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Beat the Traffic API: Beat the Traffic by Triangle Software is web and mobile application that provides live traffic information on road maps in over 130 metropolitan areas. Beat the Traffic uses real-time data from multiple sources, including the US Department of Transportation.

The Beat the Traffic API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality and data of Beat the Traffic with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include accessing and retrieving speed data, route information, and images from traffic cameras for integration into other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here:

Gothere Maps API: The Gothere Maps service provides access to continuously updated maps of Singapore. These maps are designed specifically to assist commuters and include both public transportation info and driving directions. Cost estimations are provided for taxis, parking, and similar expenses. Users can also employ custom location markers and geocoding services, as well as search for nearby amenities.

NearMap API: NearMap is a media company that creates high quality PhotoMaps of cities that are kept current via monthly updates. Changes over time can be observed using the TimeView function. Locations can be viewed from the side when the viewer is zoomed in to building-level detail.

The NearMap JavaScript API provides a way for web developers to embed NearMap in any web page, as well as customize the embedded map and create mash-ups. The NearMap JavaScript API is modeled on the Google Maps API and implements, with certain modifications, a subset of its features.

Species Invaders API: Species Invaders is a solution for identifying and mapping invasive species. It is a RESTful API that allows researchers to look up or add information about to a crowdsourced database of invasive species threats. This allows user from different apps or widgets to input data separately but develop the same knowledge base. Users can query it for data and updates or submit new information via the API. It returns JSON-encoded data and is still in its alpha release stage.

WikiSherpa API: WikiSherpa gives mobile users an interfact to Wikitravel that lets them download and navigate Wikitravel pages on their iPhone or Android phone, and shows their listings on a map. WikiSherpa is a mash-up of Wikitravel, Wikipedia, and OpenStreetMap. It can be used to search for destination guides which can be saved to users' phones. The API lets users access the functionality including returning a complete Wikitravel page, searching for pages, returning a list of pages nearest the given lat/long coordinates and more. The API uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

geoPlugin API: The service detects a web visitor's IP address and provides the user's global location, with varying accuracy depending on the country of origin. A companion service uses geocoding to return information about services and places near the detected user location.

API methods support submission of a detected IP address and return a range of geolocation information, including country, region, city, latitude and longitude, currency code and symbol, and current exchange rate. The geocoding API provides specifications for business and places nearby a submitted latitude and longitude.

Ongage API: Ongage is an email marketing platform. Ongage is a platform that allows users to use multiple email service providers to reach audiences based on geography and other characteristics.

The Ongage API allows developers to integrate the functionality of Ongage with other applications. The Ongage API allows full control of email sending, management, and reporting. Public documentation is not available; API access is available with service.

Pelagios API: PELAGIOS (acronym for: Pelagios: Enable Linked Ancient Geodata In Open Systems) is an open data initiative for geodata about the ancient world. The data and cooperative is based on a consortium of ancient world studies institutions such as Google Ancient Places, Perseus Digital Library, and LUCERO. Their API exposes the database function. It is an HTTP API that returns JSON, JSONP, and XML formatted responses.

US Census Bureau API: The US Census Bureau surveys the US population for demographic information and provides this information to the public, as well as using the data for decision making.

The US Census Bureau API allows developers to access and integrate the data from the US Census Bureau, beginning with the 2010 Census, with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include retrieving data by geographic location, retrieving summary files, and retrieving demographic information.

- Programmable Web

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/11 at 03:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Three remarkable graduating seniors at UC Santa Barbara have been named winners of the university's top awards for their scholastic achievement, their extraordinary service to the university and the community, and their personal courage and persistence.

This blog is of course interested in the geographer, Seth R. Gorelik, of Los Angeles, who won the Jeremy D. Friedman Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership, superior scholarship, and contributions to undergraduate life on campus.

Gorelik’s most impressive achievement, according to his nominator, has emerged through his work as a student assistant in the Map and Imagery Lab at UCSB’s Davidson Library. With superior technical skills and rare initiative, he led the integration of a new set of important GIS technologies into the daily work of the library. He also helped the library create digital data from a wealth of older analog materials in aerial photography, allowing for more seamless, fast, and remote access to map information.

What's next for Gorelik? A position in remoste sensing at NASA's JPL.

- The Santa  Barbara Independent

Win a free Esri Certification Test by dropping a business card at the Esri Training and Certification Island at Esri UC. No word on how many will be given away, but you get six months to take it and can pick from all those offered.

- Esri UC Insider Blog Post

This is not a contest where you can win anything, but USGS wants you to vote on your favorite Earth as Art image, so it can identify the top five favorites. The "contest" is to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Landsat Program on July 23, 2012. Votes close July 6.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/11 at 03:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Location-based mobile device alarm, 8,195,203 described how different data is provided to a user upon an alarm. At home, one might get "home" type data. On the road, one might get "on the road" type data. The patent granted June 5 and applied for in Sept 2011, is not that revolutionary in that profiles for different apps launchng  based on location have been around for some time.

The tech press is of course concerned about privacy. To me this is just a special case of geofencing, something that I'm not sure if worthy of a patent.

- Android Authority


by Adena Schutzberg on 06/11 at 03:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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