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Location no?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Not everyone is embracing location based services, according to an article in Sunday’s New York Times.

Matt Galligan, CEO of SimpleGeo, a location technology company that sells technology to companies who build apps, said that sharing location becomes a simple cost-benefit analysis for most people. So for them there must be some kind of incentive to share specific information, like for shoppers receiving points or coupons.

Location services are catching on more quickly with young people, who have grown up posting personal information online, according to the article. “The magic age is people born after 1981,” said Mr. Altman of Loopt. “That’s the cut-off for us where we see a big change in privacy settings and user acceptance.”

According to Forrester Research, only 4 percent of Americans have tried location based services and 1 percent use them weekly. These statistics show that men comprise 80 percent of those users, with 70 percent between the ages of 19 and 35.

Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located

, Claire Cain Miller & Jenna Wortham

August 29, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)




Where to eat on the street…Bing Food Cart Finder

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Street food is a well worn tradition in large cities, and apparently Portland, Ore. is known as “the street food capital of the world.” Bing launched the Bing Food Cart Finder map app, tailored to Portland foodies, helping them easily find what food they want to eat among the myriad choices that the city has to offer.
According to Waggoner Edstrom, the map experience includes details on more than 250 food carts in the Portland area, including editorial reviews, photos and menus.
Go to Bing Maps Blog or visit to check out the map app.

Geo Bits & Bytes 8/19/2010

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Benton redesigns website to ease access to property data August 18, 2010, St. Cloud


City continues ‘Access Madison’ program with online GIS August 17, 2010, Madison County Record


Putting a Value on Geospatial Information in the UK August 16, 2010, Spatial Source


Google Leads, You Pedal by Lionel Beehner, August 10, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)

Google data collection meets with investigation

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

StreetView, Google’s photo-mapping service, was in the news this week as a judge in Spain opened an investigation into whether Google collected data from unsecured wireless networks unlawfully while assembling photographs for StreetView.


This may be a continuing chapter in the story of “Who Owns Data?” A representative of Google was ordered to appear before the judge, Raquel Fernandino, in early October over a lawsuit filed by a Spanish association of Internet users. The summons was issued last month, but made public only this week.

Street View has been in the news in other European countries that have strict privacy laws, including Germany and Switzerland, causing regulatory and legal problems for Google. In Hamburg this May, a judge opened a criminal investigation of Google over its collection of data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in Germany.

Google Sued in Spain Over Data Collecting by Raphael Minder, August, 17, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)

The value of new media

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Some time ago I was at a technology conference where journalists were seated in classroom seating, listening to a day’s worth of speakers. Next to me was a blogger/twitterer, one of the new breed of reporters who may or may not get paid for writing what they write about the technology industry.

We each had our notebook computers in front of us, and each of us were taking notes. He leaned over several times as he continued to type as I listened, and he asked, “what did he say?”

I didn’t want to stop listening to the speaker in order to tell him, so I whispered, I’ll tell you afterwards. I had notes on what the speaker had said, and was tempted to say, you can read my notes.

It turned out the young twitterer was tweeting while he was at the event, so he had to keep at it or else…or else what?

The event raised several questions for me: what is the value of twittering, how can you provide useful information to those following a tweet if you can’t stay tuned into the event you’re attending? And really, who is reading it? Wouldn’t they prefer to read something that has been considered, thought about, and edited so that the writer’s perceptions are clear and concise, rather than a stream-of-consciousness type of entry?

Recently I was following the progress of the Tevis Cup Endurance Ride held in Auburn, Calif. on Twitter. I loved looking at the tweets to hear who reached certain vet checks along the way, who had had accidents or had to be pulled from the ride. I’m sure that was useful to relatives at home who were glued to their screens, waiting to see if their loved ones had made it the next leg of the journey. There were also live charts that weren’t on Twitter to tell you when your rider had reached a vet check and when they had left.

Also, tweets while at conferences are extremely valuable, as they can offer updates on events that you might miss otherwise – a change of room number, a cancellation, a new event that you should attend, etc.

I know that some people enjoy getting tweets when they’re shopping, but as I’m not a big shopper, I haven’t plugged into that usage.

In those instances, and I’m sure there are many others, I see the new media as very useful. But I’m really concerned about tweeting about what is right in front of you at a conference, keeping a constant stream going, when you are really unable to multi-task unless you stop to listen to the speaker.

It would seem that perhaps blogging would be a better choice, save it for later, when you have had a chance to digest the content a little, and the importance of it.

At one conference I heard a participant say that today’s journalism is not about editing, it’s about just putting content out there, never mind the accuracy, that can be caught up with later.

For those of us who write and edit for a living, accuracy is of utmost importance. Thankfully, after a conference, we see a spike in readership to our newsletters, blogs, videos and our website in general — which signals me that professionals still want to hear the whole story, not in blips and blobs but in its entirety….so they can get a sense of the focus of the event and where it might lead in the future.

We’re starting to see books of blogs, such as Julie and Julia, made into a feature film, but will we also begin to see books of tweets?

Clapper’s nomination meets with opposition

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

James R. Clapper Jr., former Under U.S. Secretary of Defense (intelligence) and former head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, is in the news as his nomination to become Obama administration’s new intelligence director has met with opposition from Sen. John McCain.


Clapper, who has had 47 years of service in the area of intelligence, has spoken at various geospatial and GIS conferences, among them GEOINT.

He was nominated by President Barrack Obama on June 5, 2010 to serve as the United States Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

AP source: Intelligence nominee has smooth session Las Vegas Sun

McCain Holding Up on Intel Nominee New York Times blog

McCain blocking spy-chief nominee Philadelphia Inquirer

Geo Bits & Bytes

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The Geospatial Revolution Project Google Earth Blog


New mapAsheville information marks City of Asheville- and NCDOT-owned roads


Paperless Trail Launches Location Intelligence Tool


Government Works On Policy And Framework To Improve Geospatial Data Management


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