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Maps: A Step Towards a WorldWide Atlas?
There's a very interesting,
modestly technical explanation on engadget.com on how to make
your own annotated multimedia Google maps.
While creating your own google maps is a very cool new hack, It will be
interesting to see how Keyhole and Google geonotes, gpstracks, and
locative media, can be -combined- and -shared- worldwide; and how we'll
share -all- attributes geodata layers and media, for any given place:
art, media, cultural, social, historical, infrastructure, physical,etc.
So far, with a few major obvious exceptions, a lot of geoweb
experimentation still seems to be on discrete, non-interoperable, maps,
atlases, location services, and locative media experiences - even where
exercising new semantic web techniques using xml/gml/wfs and xml/rdf/,
I am very encouraged by Sam
Ruby's approach to bridging Soap and raw xml over http: This
gives me some hope for a future of blended hypermedia and geodata,
Since most of our hardcore mainstream GIS brothers and sisters seem to
be buying into soap/uddi web services in a big way, deploying ESRI and
Microsoft '.net' Mappoint web services
The legacy worldwide web is mostly encyclopedic, let's hope the new
semantic geospatial web can, ideally become a worldwide altas of
interoperable media and layers and wiki atlas of contextual media.
Here's the updated page of starhill
blended daily links and a starhill blend RSS
feed of my favorite
link feeds, tagged and updated daily
by a growing community of contributors on del.icio.us - the public meta tag
created by geourl inventor Joshua
IN-duce is an encouraging
& cool blog view of parts of the Japanese alternative tech
edge by Paul
Baron, an expat experimental media designer, lately from London.
Here's the heavily geo flavored mobility and location games page:
WebPark, a European Union
sponsored consortium project, is a research plan and
technological implementation program to develop personalized
value-added Location Based Services (LBS)
for recreation in coastal, rural and mountainous areas. ...involving
the integration of expertise in GIS and multimedia
content, device-sensitive delivery and adaptive terrain and landscape
intelligence, Geographically relevant location-based information
services delivered directly to users in protected recreation areas via
the mobile Internet. The Swiss National Park is be the
first testbed. The link to an interactive map
was broken when I last checked.
Project Investigator David Mountain,
of the City University of London, has a very interesting .ppt
here describing project investigations of GKD - geographic
knowledge discovery - for location based services.
on the Air
Please forgive the long silence due to personal
projects, and startup in new roles as
visiting researcher at Intel Labs,
and now also as an affiliate
researcher with the Institute for the
For a quick update on interesting
during my hiatus, check out the the geowankers'
archive or del.icio.us/geo,
Joshua Schacter's new community link repository. For professional
GIS, GPS and LBS
is an excellent resource.
Please direct flames,
suggestions to Mike
Collaborative Mapping at
Here are excerpt's
from Jo Walsh's post to the geowankers
the geo pyrotechnics of the Collaborative Mapping
the Oreilly Emerging
Technology conference in San Diego:
started on the monday evening with a 'show-n-tell' type session
... including the wireless geolocation /
annotation group at UC San Diego who are working on a
successor-to-geonotes type project - Active Campus
, the NYU guys with their funky http://dodgeball.com/ ,
and Damian from http://carbot.org ,
system is waiting for the air around it to fill with foaf-filtered geoannotations.
had short "here's who and where we are" presentations from the ... hackers who'd
precooked software for the workshop [ using
a common 'Locative Packets]
Goad - http://mapbureau.com
Kalnins - gpster.net/where-fi
Harlan - http://blogmapper.net
Erle - http://maps.nocat.net
Gibson - http://maps.nocat.net
Longson - http://geolicio.us
Hook - http://thingster.org
Heathcote - http://undergroundlondon.com
Walsh - http://space.frot.org
Schachter of http://geourl.org
[ was there] and Dav
Coleman who did http://blogosphere.headmap.org
and also, new people from this
list [geowankers] ...- Raj Singh from MIT, http://rajsingh.org , Chris Holmes who
made http://geoserver.sf.net , Jon Peterson from
the IETF's GEOPRIV and access to
location and presence info, and the
inimitable Sonny Parafina.from askthespider.
Shouts to Mike Liebhold, http://www.starhill.us
who did much rabble-rousing in advance but was
unable to attend [ due to other
Everyone who'd prepared to send 'locative packets'
to the RDF aggregator allowing us to share annotations tried to get it
working. Most interesting was the sense of mutual buy-in from RDF and
W*S/GML people, who have interesting needs for an extensible
metadata format to describe things which have spatial properties but
aren't really spatial features in the trad GIS sense. Raj in
particularn rose to the hacking challenge and produced Locative_Packets_To_GML_Servlet
staged a 'annotating psychoderive' on the tuesday and got a few people
making GPS traces of their picture-taking routes. ...
and had much heated
discussion of user-owned data, closed APIs on mobile devices etc. Rich
took pretty assiduous
notes of 'current and future concerns' for open
geodata and collaborative annotation...
Jams at Foo Camp
Web Map Interop?
Dataland - 1977
User-Centric Map Design?
Google Location Search
OGC & Java
Real Spatial Spammers?
in New York
Cool Spatial Blogs
Geo Metadata Pollution
Euro Cartos and
Harvey Lehtman's Hits
Digital Topo Reviews
Web Map Development
Tom Kalil's Picks
Cool Geo Aps from the CC
RFID Tracking Maps
and GPS Games
Espresso, No Wireless
Radio Frequency Fog
RFID Trees On the Web
KPIG on starhill