Chris Steins is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.
So if both Microsoft and ESRI are concerned about the Google's move into mapping with the impressive Google Earth, then perhaps a Microsoft-ESRI combination would be the way to fight back. Wow. That's a big rumor.
Monday, August 8, 2005 - 3:30pm PDT
First -- I just loved Ken's post on GeoTagging
. What a great collection of links he's included in his post. We've got a couple projects at UI that could potentially use this type of interface/solution.
I just got my weekly Nemertes Impact Analysis
(Nemertes specializes in quantifying the business impact of technology) and this one focuses on the growth of Enterprise use of Open Source tools.
Friday, August 5, 2005 - 10:53am PDT
Interesting idea under development at the University of Cambridge
"Printed maps can be designed and printed to show fine detail and yet remain easy to take in at a glance. They are also simple to use in group discussions. However, a new map needs to be printed whenever information changes. Computer-based maps on a screen can change dynamically to represent a changing situation, but are not as easy to use. Dr Tom Drummond, Dr Gerhard Reitmayr, and Ethan Eade are combining the benefits of printed maps with the benefits of computer based dynamic maps, creating a dynamic high resolution map by augmenting printed maps with digital graphical information.
Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:49am PDT
The "trace", as some designers and planners refer to them, are marketed and annotated tours that cover specific topics including waterfronts, historic districts and parks. Traditionally, they've been undertaken through marketing efforts and physical improvements such as signs, markers and designated trails. Until recently, they have been developed top-down with funding and the identification of historic markers and sites by specific organizations. Ken Snyder's excellent post
Friday, July 29, 2005 - 11:55am PDT
In his 1992 novel, Snow Crash
, writer Neal Stephenson
imagined the ultimate user interface to access geographic information:
"There is something new: a globe about the size of grapefruit, a perfectly detailed rendition of Planet Earth, hanging in space at arm's length in front of his eyes... It's a piece of CIC software called, simply, Earth. It is the user interface that the CIC uses to keep track of every bit of spatial information that it owns -- all the maps, weather data, architectural plans, and satellite surveillance stuff." [More excerpts ]
Friday, July 29, 2005 - 11:30am PDT
I haven't clicked through all the links yet on this fantastic post
on research in urban climate from Roland Piquepaille's technology blog. I plan to. As usual, it's a tremendously good aggregation of the state of research in a field. Meteorologists and urban planners, with the help of Earth-sensing satellites, are starting to get a sense of how even small features of cities -- individual skyscrapers -- have an effect on global weather patterns and pollution.
Friday, July 22, 2005 - 12:47pm PDT
From this month's issue of Wired
, I give you this roundup
of interesting uses for Google's wicked cool mapping application. Salient bits:
It's Google's world, we just live in it. In the few months since its release, the search engine's latest info-appliance - satellite photos searchable by address - has spawned dozens of inspired spinoffs. Here's a look at some of the ways the hive mind is bending maps.google.com
Friday, July 8, 2005 - 11:09am PDT
Where have I been? I have no idea.
Take this with a grain of salt, for what it's worth, etc., but the consultancy Jupiter Research now says
that municipal WiFi programs ain't worth the money. Excerpt from the release:
"Because the benefits of municipal wireless networks are inherently difficult to measure, and because it is too early to look at outcomes, examining breakeven thresholds provides the best reference point for decision-makers," stated Jay Horwitz, Senior Analyst at JupiterResearch. The report estimates that the average cost of building and maintaining a municipal wireless network is $150,000 per square mile over five years. According to the report, roughly 50% of current initiatives will fail to breakeven even if the benefit of the initiative is assumed to be $25 per user per month.
Friday, July 8, 2005 - 10:55am PDT
My colleague, Chris Haller, has done some great research on online mapping tools/techniques that can be used for community planning and community building. Here's some stuff he discovered on GeoTagging.
Since Google started its mapping service, based on xml and an API open to everyone, a lot of non-affiliated web applications have been emerging that bring GIS and online mapping closer to “Joe Internetuser”.
Friday, July 1, 2005 - 2:01pm PDT
Just an added note on personal rapid transit. Some years ago, Bruno Latour wrote "Aramis" which documents the French government's attempt to create a PRT system for Paris (later killed by the government itself). Written as a cross between a socialogical study and a mystery novel, its worth a look for those interested in the subject.
Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 10:58am PDT