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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The lastet map from Esri, the Nor'easter Information Map includes tools to easily embed it. From the e-mail sent to the media:

You can customize the map by zooming or panning and changing the keywords or date ranges to localize geo-tagged social content. Both the default map or your customized version can be embedded on your news site by using the Link button.

I'm not sure if my discussions with Esri on this issue had any impact, but I'm jazzed to see the addition. There's a small version below. 

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 12:05 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Register, an Australian-based UK technology publication, released a story regarding Google's newly formed relationship with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, Australia's national science agency ). According to the article, "Google is teaming up with CSIRO via its Google Earth Outreach Program to put cloud-based satellite image analysis in front of earth sciences researchers."

In short, all of the remotely-sensed satellite data needed by researchers will be offloaded to a Google cloud platform for quick searching of imagery from overpasses of recent years. Researchers will also have access to analytical tools for image processing as well as Google immense data center for crunching large amounts of data. So, what was once the purview of big data centers at big universities will be now be handled more by Google. Google Earth Outreach is availablef for eligible non-profits.

I think the last line of the article is very telling

"Shed a small tear for desktop GIS specialists who have spent years honing their satellite imagery skills..."

- CSIRO media release

by Joe Francica on 11/07 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This is the next-best alternative to a development job in gaming! 

This is one of the bullet points describing a job titled Junior GIS / NET Developer in New Zealand listed at Geekzone.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 05:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A thank you and request for more image reviewers from FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall.

---- original post 11/1/12 ----

FEMA, via the had the Civil Air Patrol, take aerial imagery in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts on Oct 31 2012. It is looking for help from volunteers to categorize images from Hurricane Sandy. The work is basically deciding if buildings have light, moderate or heavy damage. The code behind the tools, MapMill, is open source.

- MapMill App for Sandy via @schuyler

- details via iRevolution 

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 04:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Now when you search for somewhere to go in Explore, you’ll see a score from 1 to 10 next to the name of a place. It’s our way to give you a quick sense of how much people love it, and it’s a lot different from the other types of ratings you see today. ...

Instead of other sites where every place gets 3.5 stars, we come up with our scores using the same Foursquare magic that powers Explore. We look at signals like tips, likes, dislikes, popularity, loyalty, local expertise, and nearly 3 billion check-ins from over 25 million people worldwide. And, with every check-in and Explore search, our scores will get smarter and better.

And, yes the scores are available via the API.

- fousquare blog

Yandex, a Russian Internet company that operates that largest search engine in Russia, has released a basic maps service for Europe and the U.S. The new maps services is powered by Navteq, a Chicago-based provider of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, and it can be viewed through For now, no links to the Maps section from Yandex’s homepage is accessible. Yet Yandex says that the service is now up and running.

An API is expected in the coming months.

- Ubergizmo

"Sources at Google familiar with its mapping plans say they are 'not optimistic' that Apple will ever approve a dedicated Google Maps iOS app," according to a report from The (London) Guardian. "Though the app is reportedly in development and should be ready to ship by the end of the year, the sources say their plans are only proceeding in 'the unlikely event that Apple will choose to approve the app.'"

- eWeek

Google's mobile maps product saw its market share in China decline by close to 50 percent in the third quarter due to Apple switching to its own maps product. 

- MacWorld

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 04:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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