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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Below are the articles/websites/videos cited in my keynote at Geomatics Atlantic, June 13, Halifax, Nova Scotia, titled Geospatial Trends Worth Watching (and Some to Ignore):

If you don't see a list of links below, you can access them here via

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/13 at 09:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

InformationWeek has an article introducing geomedicine. It's definition:

[a field] which combines geographic information system (GIS) software with clinical databases to provide insights that might improve individual and population health.

But it cites a clinician's definition, which is a bit different.

However Geraghty reserves the term "geo-medicine" for applications that clinicians can use at the point of care. "The patient is in the office, and the doctor is going to make a recommendation or provide resources based on where that patient lives."

We also need to figure out how to spell it. Esri uses geomedicine, but the article uses the hyphenated version geo-medicine.

- InformationWeek

The new study is the first to map children's food allergies by where they live in the United States, according to the researchers. They surveyed parents of nearly 38,500 kids younger than 18, asking for their zip codes and details on their child's food allergy.

The researchers determined that in urban centers, almost 9.8 percent of children had food allergies, compared with 6.2 percent of children in rural communities. Specifically, city children were twice as likely to have peanut (2.8 percent compared to 1.3 percent) and shellfish allergies (2.4 percent compared to 0.8 percent) compared to their rural counterparts. Based on the survey, the states with the highest prevalence of food-allergic kids were Nevada, Florida, Georgia, Alaska, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.


- full article titled Geographic Variability of Childhood Food Allergy in the United States in pre-print (pdf) from Clinical Pediatrics

The Eat Well Everywhere travel map is a service from the Eat Well Guide, which can help you find CSAs, farmer's markets, stores, restaurants, and other healthy dining options anywhere you go.

- Life Hacker

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/13 at 05:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

WP Central claims Nokia's mapping solution will replace Bing Maps at Windows Phone 8.

In Windows Phone 8, Nokia Maps replaces Bing Maps all together and will feature 3D navigation and hardware acceleration across all Windows Phone devices.Should Apple be worried? It's a pretty serious mapping solution that Microsoft and Nokia are putting up and it will give developers some fun tools to play with too. Windows Phone 8 won't trump Apple or Google here but yes, it will offer something just as impressive.

Several websites have contacted Microsoft for confirmation.

- WP Central

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/13 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Three year old Skout is a location-based flirting/dating app that was first aimed at adults. Last year it began offering a version for 13-17 year olds. That's when trouble began. On Tuesday, after three allegations of sexual assault in the last two week (all by adult men posing as teens) the company suspended the site to add enhanced security tools.  

- New York Times Bits Blog (warning: adult issues)

The latest in location-based goodies from Twitter? The opportunity to narrow your trending topics to a geography and/or who you follow. The geo options list includes more than 150 locations, including 34 countries and nearly 60 major U.S. cities. It's the default on ones trends list on the Web and mobile, but can be changed back to "the world" with a click.

- Twitter Blog

Some of the geo announcements from Apple WWDC on Monday got lost in the shuffle.

Apple introduced the Reminders app in iOS 5, and it looks to score some helpful updates in iOS 6. Apple says that you'll be able to set location-based reminders from the iPad. Even better, you'll be able to tap in addresses where you'd like to be reminded manually, a feature currently missing from Reminders; at present, you can only set reminders for locations linked to addresses for your existing contacts.

- Good Gear Guide

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/13 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Now that sounds like a lot, but it's just 4% of revenue; the other 96% is from advertising. Enterprise product growth is 30% per year. Still, those enterprise products do contribute, and among them is the scarily titled: Google Earth  Enterprise. Business Insider has this to say about Google's Enterprise Geo offerings:

Geospatial and mapping products are based on Google Maps technology and known as Google Earth and Google Maps. The paid-for business versions compete with specialty GIS providers like Esri.

The other enterprise areas include apps, search appliance, cloud, and Chromebooks.

- Business Insider

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/13 at 02:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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