dct writes "Vector One has this comment on Location Intelligence effect on privacy. In this world of location excitement, it is important to make a pause and ponder about the effects of our work. From the article: "In as much as many people seek to identify objects and people, where is the limit? Why can’t an individual ‘protect’ themselves from unwanted electronic invasion?""
dct writes "Direction Magazine has a story about the coming of Location Intelligence into the main stream processes of businesses. From the article: "Spatial processing, including standard GIS operations, geocoding, and spatial databases, is rapidly merging into the mainstream enterprise IT structure. Location intelligence is moving away from specific and “special” desktop applications operated and controlled by a few gurus off in the corner. Location intelligence must be integrated and distributed throughout the total business organization to provide all users with the data and analysis for sound business decisions.""
dct writes "All Points Blog has story about the naming scheme for the Tux's Autodesk open source code. From the article: "Autodesk has shared that it's decided on a name for its open source code once known as Tux. It will be called MapGuide Open Source and Autodesk MapGuide for the open and productized versions, respectively."" Here's GISUser's breakdown of the new name convention.
geognerd writes "CNET put together a test. They posted Google Earth imagery of 10 tech company headquarters. Can you match the imagery with the company? I have spent way too much time playing with Google Earth, as I recognized the first HQ right away."
dct writes "A BBC news present how sensors can be used to monitor daily the changes in the reef environmental conditions through smart sensors and grid computing. From the article: "Using a global position system, the sensors knows exactly where they are. Parameters such as salinity, temperature and nutrient levels are measured.""
The Surveying, Mapping abd GIS blog as an interesting entry about InSAR and seismic modeling, providing numerous links to articles. From the blog: "Per Lucy Jones, USGS, ultimately these modeling capabilities along with remote sensing methods for monitoring stresses and movement will need to be communicated with a broader community - structural engineers, architects and planners, building and zoning officials, as well as emergency responders, to be able to act as an integrated team for minimizing earthquake damage."
The Google Earth Blog tells us about a new book titled "Hacking Google Maps and Google Earth". From the GE blog: "This is the first book covering Google Earth I've seen announced (not yet available, but you can pre-order it at Amazon). [...] From the description I don't think it has a lot of real new stuff on "hacking" Google Earth, most of the focus in the description seems to be focused on Google Maps."
Ed Parsons and All Points Blog discuss a Wired News article (AP) about web mapping and privacy. From Ed Parsons' comment: "All these reports share a common lack on understanding of the simple facts of remote sensing, as yet nobody is offering >5cm resolution aerial (no its not satellite) imagery you would need to recognise people, and more often than not the imagery is historic.. for example the imagery in Google Earth for my home is at least three years old!!"
The Ogle Earth blog links to an interesting website, 3dTracking.net, which make live tracking made seamless. From the blog: "3dTracking.net turns the live tracking of somebody using [Google] Maps or [Google] Earth into the seamless web 2.0 mashup experience for the masses that it should be, rather than an exploit for geeks to boast about."