Great Location Hacks

by Daniel H. Steinberg

We're featuring three sessions from the second day of the Where 2.0 conference. Chris Spurgeon presents the best geo hacks of the last 2000 years, Gary Lang looks at the possibilities that arise from APIs and Open Source Code, and Tim O'Reilly moderates a panel on the future of the data industry. (DTF 07-10-2006: 32 minutes 15 seconds)

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Distributing the Future July 10, 2006: "Great location hacks."

0:54 The best Geo Hacks of the last 2,000 years

Years before Yahoo, MapQuest or Google every painted a map on a screen, we've had the sun, the planets, and the stars to navigate by. American Public Media's Chris Spurgeon presented five of his favorite all time hacks including Gallileo's clock in the sky, navigation Polynesian style, and his first hack - the calculation of the size of the earth back in the time of the ancient greeks. (11:46)

12:40 "Opening" the Possibilities: APIs and Open Source Code

You wouldn't think Open Source when you think of Autodesk. Gary Lang explains why now you should. He says that Google Earth has changed everything but it's just a beginning. (5:00)

17:40 The Future of the Data Industry

Tim O'Reilly moderates a panel discussion on the Future of the Data Industry with OpenStreetMap's Steve Coast, Telcontar's Kim Fennell, Autodesk's David Nevin, and GlobeXplorer's Rob Shanks. (13:57)

Total running time: 32:15

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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