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Monday, July 02, 2012

I learned of UpNext when it partnered with Verizon to offer what it called UpNext HD 3D maps last October. Like the folks at Droid Life, I had a tough time finding how UpNext's stuff was significantly different/better than other mapping apps. I guess one distinguisher for Amazon is that the company is not Google!

GigaOm, which broke the news, suggests the play is ultimately to populate its (not yet map friendly) Kindles with map data and services. This'd be the first "return to maps" for Amazon since the good old A9 days.

- GigaOm via @cageyjames

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/02 at 11:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That offer is on the table, as is a similar one from Niagara Falls, NY, to newly minted college gradudates. The Kansas Department of Commerce just started a five-year pilot called the Rural Opportunity Zone program aimed at bring young blood into rural counties.

The deal is pretty good - for a five year commitment, you get $15,000 toward students loans and a waiver of state taxes. Jobs for college grads are available in both the private and public sector. Both are using the offer as part of their recruitment packages. Fifty counties are in the pilot and each has lost about 10% of its population since the last census.

So, does geograpy matter more? Or does starting to pay back those loans? 

- Here and Now (WBUR)

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/02 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It's rare for a map to be part of an Internet meme but its seems this week's map of earthquakes over magnitude 4.0 from 1898 to 2003 from IDV's user experience and mapping manager John Nelson has that distinction. It shows 203,186 quakes with symbology brightenting with magnitude.

- detailed map

- IDV UX Blog Post

- Live Science

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/02 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET), also known as the GeoEco Python package, is an open source geoprocessing toolbox that includes over 250 tools useful for a variety of tasks. These tasks include downloading popular oceanographic datasets in GIS-compatible formats, identifying fronts and eddies in satellite images, building statistical habitat models from species observations and creating habitat maps, modeling biological connectivity by simulating hydrodynamic larval dispersal, and building grids that summarize fishing effort, catch per unit effort, and other statistics.

They are designed to work wtih ArcGIS.

Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET)

Among those helping Raleigh to be an open city if not a fully "open-source" city are Esri, SeeClickFix and others. Remember: open source software and open data and open standards are not the same thing. The open gov effort uses Esri's open source GeoPortal (which taps into ArcGIS services) with SeeClickFix (proprietary) supporting Open311 standards.

- via twitter

OSGeo announced OpenLayers version 2.12.

New features:

  • A new CSS-customizable zoom control
  • Sensible projection defaults to ease the creation and configuration of maps
  • Tile caching for offline use
  • CSS-based tile animation
  • UTFGrid support
  • Improved image request management (tile queue)
  • Fractional zooming for tiled layers (a.k.a. client zoom)"

- OSGeo

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/02 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Dead Ushahidi site is a bit meta: it documents, on a Crowdmap map (that's the free online tool for anyone to create a crowdsourced map of anything) Crowdmap efforts that are "dead." The "Dead Means Dead" page explains what's needed for a non-dead, aka, useful, Crowdmap, then details what criteria can put an existing map in the dead pool.

To end up in the Ushahidi cemetery, one of the following is true about map:
  • No one (let alone a crowd) has submitted a report to your map in the last 12 months.
  • For time-bound events, like elections and disasters, the number of reports are so infinitesimally small (in relation to the number of the community the map is targeting) that the map never reached a point anywhere near relevance. (Our measure for elections is, for instance, # of submissions / # of registered voters > .0001).
  • The map was never actually started (no category descriptions, fewer than 10 reports). We call that a stillbirth. 
Questions?  Email us: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Tweet us at @deadushahidi.  Or just poke around and submit your own Ushahidi corpse.  They are sure to be around. 
Like many Crowdmap implementations this one does not make clear who "we" are or the goal of the map, aka what will be done with the data. I highlighted a similar concern with a map aimed at documenting damage and needs during last year's Hurricane Irene. 
by Adena Schutzberg on 07/02 at 02:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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