Monthly Archives: July 2007

Google making deals with BC Government on imagery – Nanaimo setting a fine example as an early adopter

Google was making a few headlines in BC at last week’s GeoWeb event.. apparently the company has been discussing with the government the possibilities of providing users with additional 3D imagery and other data obtained from the BC Government. From the article… “In a Friday address at GeoWeb 2007 and later in an interview, Google Earth chief technology officer Michael Jones said Google Earth has been in talks with the provincial government, and if the initiative goes ahead B.C. would be the first Canadian province to supply information on such things as traffic and mineral resources to the mapping service. “The provincial government has been talking with us about providing data so that all citizens in the province who use our service will have the best possible data,” said Jones. Jones met Thursday with Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell to discuss the initiative.” One paragraph in the article got may attention.. regarding the little town in BC that I used to live in… some municipalities are already doing this. Jones said Nanaimo is the most active city in the world when it comes to supplying geographic data to Google Earth. He predicted there will be a time when municipal, provincial and federal geographic information will be shared universally.
“With Nanaimo, they have mapped nearly every conceivable thing using Google Earth and Google Maps,” said Jones. “Their citizens have more information about their city than the people of San Francisco.” Kudos to the city and in particular Jason Birch! Funny, I was just looking around Google Earth this week-end with my family and was telling them, just wait until our city (Fort Collins) makes high-res imagery and other 3D data available to add to the Google Earth viewer… Nanaimo is setting a fine example although they were very early adopters… the early bird! See http://earth.nanaimo.ca/

See Vancouver Sun Article

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Globe and Mail looks at mobile Navigation, Tele Atlas, Navteq

Suggested Reading… Globe and Mail looks at mobile Navigation, the recent Tele Atlas purchase by TomTom, and data provider Navteq in a lengthy new article. This detailed piece looks at the data collection process conducted by the key playerrs in mobile navigation and local search. See http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070727.gtnavigate0727/BNStory/Technology/home

Twitter on your N95 with Twibble

Do you Twitter (www.twitter.com)? If so I just located a cool twitter client that supports GPS-enabled devices (like the N95) – Twibble. See http://www.das-zentralorgan.de/twibble#install – see twitter.com if you don’t know what I’m talking about!

Twitter for Nokia N95 – Twibble

here’s a nifty mobile app designed specifically for a GPS-enabled device user who wants to Twitter. See http://www.das-zentralorgan.de/twibble#install – see twitter.com if you don’t know what I’m talking about!

See Who’s Twittering about the iPhone on Google Maps

A clever mashup shows you exactly and and where people are twittering about the iPhone. The app mashes up twitter, google maps, and Ning to produce a display of twitterers.. see http://twitterphone.ning.com/

See Who’s Twittering about the iPhone on Google Maps

A clever mashup shows you exactly and and where people are twittering about the iPhone. The app mashes up twitter, google maps, and Ning to produce a display of twitterers.. see http://twitterphone.ning.com/

Coming to a City near you – ESRI Seminars (Free) on GIS in Public Works

ESRI is offering up a free road-show seminar series focused on the public utilities sector. Taking place in a number of cities this fall,
attendees of the seminar will discover how to benefit by using the geographic approach of GIS to integrate and support critical business functions such as
– Asset management
– Work order management
– Mobile data collection
– Capital improvement planning
– Executive dashboards
– 311/call center integration
– Work force management and automation
See www.esri.com/pwseminar
 
Dates:
Sep 18  Boston, MA
 
Sep 20 Hartford, CT
 
Sep 20 Raleigh, NC
 
Sep 25 Atlanta, GA
 
Sep 27 Baltimore, MD
 
Sep 27 Orlando, FL
 
Oct 2 Columbus, OH
 
Oct 2 Houston, TX
 
Oct 4 Newark, NJ
 
Oct 4 Kansas City, KS
 
Oct 4 Dallas, TX
 
Oct 9 Detroit, MI
 
Oct 9Phoenix, AZ
 
Oct 11 Milwaukee, WI
 
Oct 11 Denver, CO
 
Oct 16 Portland, OR
 
Oct 18 Seattle, WA
 
Oct 23 Sacramento, CA
 
Oct 25 Anaheim, CA