Posts Tagged: location

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    As Location Goes Mainstream, So Does The Potential For Abuse

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    Geolocation isn’t really anything new. In a lot of cases we’ve come to expect it. Most smartphones sold today have an on-board GPS receiver and it’s considered a selling point for a handset to have one. Today’s mobile mapping applications and Location Based Mobile Services make use of the location fix that GPS provides. We’re… Read more »

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    Finding Inspiration And Teaching Myself Location History At The BCS Geospatial SG

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    With GeoBabel firmly put to rest, I was looking for inspiration when Andrew Larcombe asked me back to the British Computer Society’s Geospatial Specialist Group to speak. After a week of drawing a blank, with Andrew sending gentle messages of encouragement via Twitter Direct Message (OI – GALE. TITLE. NOW!!) inspiration finally arrived from a… Read more »

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    The Plains Of Awkward Public Family Interactions And The Bay Of Flames

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    Not content with pointing out the fun you can have with tracking your location, xkcd, the webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language has branched out into making maps. The updated map of online communities shows the volume of daily social activity across all of the online world, and not just the high profile ones… Read more »

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    Knocking Down (Geo Data’s) Brick Walls

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    Earlier this week I was interviewed by Cian O’Sullivan for GoMo News as part of the run-up to the Location Business Summit in San Jose. The interview is now up on the GoMo News site and is reproduced here with permission. Ovi Places: Mobile Navigation needs to knock down its brick walls When Ovi Maps… Read more »

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    More Location Tracking; This Time From Foursquare

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    Back in March of this year I wrote about deliberately tracking my journey by using Google’s Latitude and unexpectedly tracking the same journey by looking at the history of my Foursquare and Gowalla check-ins. By using the history function from Google Latitude I was able to put together a quick and dirty visualisation of the… Read more »

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    Two Weeks In; Of Dog Food, Mobile Handsets and Finnish Doors

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    Two weeks into the Nokia and Ovi experience and I can finally pause and catch my breath. It’s been an intense two weeks and asking me what my impressions are of Nokia are akin to putting someone at the top of a very large, very steep and very fast roller coaster, watching them plummet down… Read more »

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    Locating The Next Role; The Yahoo! Years

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    Looking back at my career over the last 20 or so years, it’s immediately apparent that it’s always been a bit geo. Geophysical seismic survey processing for natural resources (OK, mostly for oil and gas) for Digicon … geo. Setting up operations for ERS-1, the European Space Agency’s first remote sensing synthetic aperture radar satellite… Read more »

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    Crystal Ball Gazing Part 2 – Eddy’s Sofa and The Nightmare of a Single Global Places Register

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    I recently contributed an article to the OpenGeoData, the blog and podcast on open maps, data and OpenStreetMap, a snippet of which is below. “Eddies,” said Ford, “in the space-time continuum.” “Ah,” nodded Arthur, “is he? Is he?” “What?” said Ford. “Er, who,” said Arthur, “is Eddy, then, exactly, then?” … Why,” he said, “is there a… Read more »

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    Your Place Is Not My Place; The Perils of Disambiguation

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    We take the art of geographic lookup for granted these days; type a place name into a form on a web site or feed it into a web service API and hey presto! Most of the time you’ll be told whether or not the place name is valid or not and, in case there’s more… Read more »

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    Retiring The Theory of Stuff; But First, A Corollary

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    It’s time to put the Theory of Stuff out to pasture. It’s had a good life. It’s appeared in 5 of my talk decks (or so Spotlight tells me), in 3 of my blog posts and continues to generate hits on my blog (or so my analytics tells me). When I tell people I’m going… Read more »