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Microlocal and Geospatial News and Views

Google Maps: A Step Towards a WorldWide Atlas?
March 12, 2005
/Mike Liebhold

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/, xml/svg. etc.

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.

Geo Info Powertools
February 23, 2005
/Mike Liebhold

Here's the updated page of starhill blended daily links and a  starhill blend RSS feed
of my favorite cool geospatial related link feeds, tagged and updated daily by a growing community of contributors on del.icio.us  - the public meta tag and link repository created by geourl inventor Joshua Schacter.

Japan & Geowanking
February 28, 2004
/Mike Liebhold

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:  IN-duce:De-duce: mobility  


Webpark Wildlands Geoservices
February 26, 2004
/Mike Liebhold

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.

Back on the Air
February 20, 2004


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 Future.  

For a quick update on interesting geospatial news 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 news, http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/  is an excellent resource. 

Please direct flames, comments, suggestions to            Mike Liebhold [mnl@starhill.us]

Collaborative Mapping at ETech
 
February 20, 2004

Here are excerpt's from Jo Walsh's post to the geowankers list summarizing the geo pyrotechnics of  the Collaborative Mapping Workshop at the Oreilly Emerging Technology conference in San Diego:

" We 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 , whose
in-car system is waiting for the air around it to fill with foaf-filtered geoannotations. good dreams... 

We 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]
 
Chris Goad - http://mapbureau.com / rdfmap
Karlis Kalnins - gpster.net/where-fi
Jason Harlan - http://blogmapper.net
Schuyler Erle - http://maps.nocat.net
Rich Gibson - http://maps.nocat.net
Tom Longson - http://geolicio.us
Anselm Hook - http://thingster.org
Chris Heathcote - http://undergroundlondon.com
Jo Walsh - http://space.frot.org

Joshua 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 commitments] ...

... 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

We 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 Gibson took pretty assiduous notes of 'current and future concerns' for open geodata and collaborative annotation...
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