Jaron Waldman, founder of Placebase (Directions Magazine coverage: 1, 2) which Apple acquired in 2009, was most recently lead the "Apple Geo team behind the Apple Maps infrastructure and location services on iOS and Mac like MapKit and CoreLocation." He was at the job until last month. Now sources confirm he's left for a startup.
- 9-5 Mac
And, if you missed the 27 articles that referenced Apple Maps and the Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska, last week, here's all you need to know:
Apple has disabled driving directions to the Fairbanks International Airport after a glitch in its maps app guided drivers to the edge of a runway instead of a terminal, airport spokeswoman Angie Spear said Friday.
Two drivers made their way on the active taxiways before this change.
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/30 at 03:45 AM |
Links from my presentation/discussion titled The State of Geography and GIS MOOCs at NEARC Educators Day on Sept 29, 2013.
Image by IlonkaTallina licensed under CC 2.0 BY NC-SA .
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/29 at 07:00 AM |
The Christian County [MO] Commission decided not to vote on spending about $75,000 for high-resolution aerial photographs of the county. One of Christian County Assessor Danny Gray’s first actions in office was not to press the commissioners on the issue.
In the past other counties and cities kicked in to get imagery from Pictometry. This year those other players said no, which would raised the price to $100,000. That was too much. The plan is to try again with a group of county offices in 2016.
- News Leader
The Malaysian Centre for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MacGDI) launched MyGOS (Malaysia Geospatial Online Service), a portal for geospatial services and information.
One of the newest tools developed by Franklin County [Alambama] GIS manager Michael Hughes and the Russellville Fire Department is a grid map for the city of Russellville that uses the same coordinate system that is used nationally.
After an F5 tornado hit the area in 2011, this became a priority. I find it puzzling the article does not mention the name of the US National Grid.
- Franklin County Times
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/27 at 03:28 AM |
Yahoo on Wednesday announced an update to the U.S. desktop implementation of its Yahoo Maps offering. What's new?
Pedestrian and public transit routing - Almost as many options (no biking) as Google Maps.
Global map controls and views - Pan/zoom and flip from map to satellite. New layers for real time traffic, weather and Flickr pics.
Design refresh - More consistent design across Yahoo properties.
- Yahoo Search Blog
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/26 at 03:45 AM |
University of California, Berkeley researchers did a study to determine if neighborhood designs with mixed land use, walkable neighborhoods, compact housing, and green space could impact child health. They measured the activity levels of children in a smart growth community and compared them to activity levels of children in conventional suburban communities in California. The kids wore GPS recievers and accelerometers devices for a week. Bottom line:
After analyzing the results, researchers noted one significant difference: Kids in the smart growth neighborhood showed local activity levels that were 46% higher than those of kids who resided in the ticky-tacky Chino suburbs' rows upon rows of post-war housing.
- Fast Company more at Health Behavior News Service
John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, has announced that FAZD has received $2 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to develop a disease-surveillance technology designed to protect US animal agriculture from potentially catastrophic outbreaks of infectious pathogens. The project has the potential for a total $9 million investment over a three-year period.
Health GIS is not just for people!
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/26 at 03:37 AM |