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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Apple Said to Pick AutoNavi to Offer IPhone Maps in China

- Business Week

Placed is an LBS app for developers. It gives them insight into where and when their users actually use their apps. It's opt in for the end user and free for the developer. Biz model???

At the end of the process, developers who use Placed get a location analytics report which gives them insights on everything from what time of day users are actively using their app to which businesses they frequent when their app is running. One Placed customer was able to use the service to learn 42% of his users were using his app in a car. That led to added voice controls in app, improving the user experience and functionality of the app.

- Mashable

A study by IHS suggests that there is "small money" and health and fitness apps, but big money in accessories to help gather data for those apps. Respondents to a servey would pay only a few dollars for an app but over $100 for a sensor to measure heart rate or capture other data.

GPS Biz News

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/05 at 04:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

How important is accurate geocoding when doing disease studies? Pretty important per a study of historical data on a monkey pox outbreak in Africa.

Less-careful georeferencing identified much smaller areas as having potential for monkeypox transmission in the Sahel region, as well as around the rim of the Congo Basin. These results have implications for mapping efforts, as each higher level of georeferencing precision required considerably greater time investment. 

- International Journal of Health Geographics via 7th Space

The trend is also ushering in a new era of "citizen epidemiologists," says Bill Davenhall, a healthcare manager with the geographic information systems software developer Esri. And around the country, experiments are underway to, among other things, pair geo-mapping with patient medical records to help doctors personalize treatment.

I guess that's the new geomedicine term we need to add to our vocaularies. AlterNet highlights some recent efforts to link place and medicine - mostly focusing on Esri and San Bernardino.

- AlterNet

PBS' Frontline recently tackled not health care in general but dentistry in the U.S. It was a pretty scary program highlighting limited access and some less than honest practices. PBS offers maps to explore if you are in a "dental deser" and analyzes why they exist.

- Frontline

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/05 at 04:08 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Feeding the World

Our current story map was produced in collaboration with the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. It charts current crop yields and explores how skyrocketing food demands can be met by boosting yields, increasing water efficiency, and changing how we use crops.

Social Media Map

Esri’s severe weather public information map illustrates the current state of storms in the Eastern United States through an interactive viewer. This map, which can be embedded on your news site or shared through social media, also features public reaction via geo-located content from Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.

Social Vulnerability

Explore the impacts of the recent storms with the Esri Story Map to which you can link as part of your online coverage. Preconfigured views for Washington, D.C. and Baltimore provide an in-depth look at vulnerable populations and health care access in these metropolitan areas.

This thematic map summarizes the social vulnerability index for populations within each state or county in the United States. It answers the question “Where are the areas of relatively higher risk within this state or county?” from the perspective of social vulnerability.

Social vulnerability refers to potential exposure due to population and housing characteristics: age, low income, disability, home value or other factors. For example, low-income seniors may not have access to a car to simply drive away from an ongoing hazard such as a flood.

Esri applied a model from Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina, Hazards Research Lab, Department of Geography (, to generate this data using current year demographics at the block group level. The map is designed to be displayed with semi-transparency of about 50% for overlay on other basemaps, which is reflected in the legend for the map.

I'd be curious to know if any government or charity organizations have or are using this resource.

Olympic Cities - Bonus!

The Olympic Cities Story Map details the forty cities that have hosted the olympic games since 1896.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/05 at 03:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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