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A Tool to Wake Up Wi-Fi Zombies   Sean Savage wants to hook you up by tearing you away from the internet. At the O'Reilly Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco last week, Savage announced his latest project, PlaceSite, which combines online social networking with real-life networking in Wi-Fi cafes by providing computer users with a website unique to a particular Wi-Fi cafe.  [Wired]

GIS: A Mature Industry Tackles the Disruptive Technology Question  Tim O'Reilly, the host of last week's Where 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, and arguably the champion of open source software development, shared his stage with Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI, arguably the leader of the non-free, commercial GIS world.  [Directions Magazine]

Latest Mapping Technologies: More than Meets the Eye  Here at Directions Magazine, we've been chewing over the implications of Google Maps, Google Earth, Yahoo Maps, A9 and the upcoming MSN Virtual Earth for some time. Last week's Where 2.0 saw the announcement of "official" application programming interfaces (APIs) for two of these resources which raised yet another round of discussions  [Directions Magazine]

Map Hacks on Crack   The internet's two largest search engines are begging to get hacked. On Wednesday, Google opened a set of programming interfaces for its popular Google Maps service, in the hope hackers will overlay the maps with data from outside sources -- such as wireless cafes. Just one day later, Yahoo announced its own set of programming tools for its map service, Yahoo Maps.  [Wired]

The How and Who of Where  The two days of O'Reilly Media's Where 2.0 conference flew by, and beneath all the high-tech gadgets was the fact that to support this latest generation of location-based applications, you still need to begin by collecting and organizing the data.   [O'Reilly Network]

At Where 2.0, Web Maps that Pan and Zoom...Next  As an unbiased, open-minded technologist/publisher of one of the larger newsletters that follow GIS, I can say with assurity that after seeing yet another demonstration of Google Maps and MSN Virtual Earth at Where 2.0, they do pan and zoom very well. Next.  [Directions Magazine]

Opening Up Data (Kinda, Sorta)  For years, open-source advocate Tim O'Reilly has excoriated some companies such as Mapquest for failing to open up their storehouses of data to creative outside programmers who could create new services on top of that data. The benefits can be huge, essentially getting people to come up with ideas the companies hadn't thought of or don't have time to do themselves.  [BusinessWeek Online]

Maps Just the Beginning at Where 2.0  "Think globally, act locally" takes on a new meaning as discussed at O'Reilly Media's inaugural Where 2.0 conference, being held this week in San Francisco.  [PC World]

At Where 2.0, Dangermond schools the "young mappers"  Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI, had a few pointed, but polite comments for the audience of O'Reilly Media's Where 2.0. "There have been 'old guys' who have been doing this for a long time; there are young guys who are just starting; they are coming together through the magic and standards of the web."   [Directions Magazine]

Where 2.0 - This is not your father's GIS conference  O'Reilly Media's first Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco illustrated one key fact: GIS people are welcome so long as you leave your desktop mapping software at the door. This was not your father's GIS conference nor was is supposed to be.  [Directions Magazine]

The What and Why of Where  The first day of O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco made abundantly clear that the theme of remixing is prevalent in the worlds of cartography and location-aware technologies.   [O'Reilly Network]

O'Reilly: Web 2.0 to be built on the backs of hackers  Tim O'Reilly spoke today at Where 2.0 about the merits of holding a confab focused on mapping and location based technologies and framed it in the context of the emergence of a new platform, Web 2.0.  [ZDNet]

Where 2.0 Gives Direction to New World of Mapping  O'Reilly's first Where 2.0 conference kicked off in San Francisco with a preview of the latest in location-aware and mapping technologies, along with the players who are using them, to usher in a new class of web applications and services.  [ZDNet]

What's What at Where 2.0  I'm just back from 13 hours at Where 2.0, O'Reilly Media's new conference on geospatial web technologies, and I'm trying to get my bearings (pun intended).  [TechnologyReview.com]

ORBIMAGE Announces Exclusive Agreement With Microsoft  ORBIMAGE announced today that it's signed an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to supply high-resolution, global, satellite image data for MSN Virtual Earth, a key component of MSN Search. The agreement was unveiled at the O'Reilly Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco during a keynote presentation delivered by Stephen Lawler, general manager of the Microsoft MapPoint business unit.  [Yahoo! Finance]

Tracking the Hackers  I've ducked in quickly to the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco today, to see a couple of sessions. Tim O'Reilly, founder of the publishing and event company O'Reilly, which organized the conference, is making the case for observing what hackers, technophiles, and hobbyists are working on, if you care about where the next opportunities lie in high tech.   [Fast Company]

Google Earthrise  This morning Google releases Google Earth, which basically replaces the Keyhole offerings. Many expected the product to take a few more weeks, but here it is, just in time for O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference to be held Wednesday and Thursday of this week in San Francisco.  [Directions Magazine]

Zoto Launches Geo Project USA  Zoto, an online photo site, announced today at the Where 2.0 conference that it will sponsor and host Geo Project USA, the first initiative to index and photograph each of the more than 4,554,000 "minute confluence points" in the United States.  [GISuser.com]

Hacking Maps  You've got the address, but where is that in GPS terms? In these two excerpts from Mapping Hacks, learn how to geocode (adding geographic coordinates, such as latitude and longitude, to other information) a U.S. street address, as well as a whole database of addresses, using the geocoder.us web services. Schuyler Erle, one of the book's coauthors, will be participating in a panel discussion on sustainable businesses for data at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference.   [O'Reilly Network]

Where 2.0 Preview  Tim O'Reilly and Where 2.0 conference co-chair Nat Torkington held a conference call last week for journalists looking to get a leg up on what to expect from the new event when it opens in San Francisco on June 29.  [ZDNet]

Using Mobile Phones to Model Complex Social Systems  The very nature of mobile phones makes them ideal vehicles to study individuals and organizations. Nathan Eagle describes the Reality Mining project, underway at MIT's Media Lab, which collects information from the phones of 100 human subjects at MIT to show how the use of mobile phones can model complex social systems. Nathan will be discussing this project in more depth at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference.   [O'Reilly Network]

Jabberwocky: Your Personal Compass  Elizabeth Goodman will be participating in a panel discussion at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference on how social mobile applications use location and proximity to bridge the real world and the virtual. Jabberwocky is one such social mobile app, for Bluetooth-enabled phones. Elizabeth provides an overview of Jabberwocky, an app that defines location not as a static set of coordinates but as a personally defined region.   [O'Reilly Network]

Hacking Maps: Who Are the Neighbors Voting For?  Michael Frumin presents this hack on Fundrace, which he contributed to the recently released Mapping Hacks. Fundrace can show you which political candidates and parties have the most support in your area--and which of your neighbors are supporting them. Michael has prepared a talk on Fundrace, called "Visualizing Democracy," which he'll present at O'Reilly's upcoming Where 2.0 conference.   [O'Reilly Network]

Developing Mapufacture  Mikel Maron introduces mapufacture: a new service to browse, build, and share interactive web maps. It combines user-created geodata with freely available worldwide satellite and mapping imagery and location databases. Mikel traces mapufacture's development, its underpinnings, projects where it's in use, and worldKit, mapufacture's visualization engine. Mikel will be speaking at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference, June 29-30 in San Francisco.   [O'Reilly Network]

An Introduction to Open Source Geospatial Tools  Geospatial professionals have been the main users and developers of geospatial applications, but the landscape has changed over the past few years as the development of open source geospatial software has matured. Tyler Mitchell introduces some of the most useful of these applications in this article. Tyler will discuss the current state of affairs in the open source geo world at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference, June 29-30 in San Francisco.   [O'Reilly Network]

A Design Approach for the Geospatial Web  Julian Bleecker describes a design approach for location-based services that is utilized in projects underway at USC's Mobile Media Lab. At O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference, Julian will be taking part in a panel discussion on the secrets behind good social mobile applications and the obstacles they face in the real world.   [O'Reilly Network]

Historical Maps Online  David Rumsey writes about his collection of more than 150,000 historical maps of the Americas and the world, many of which he has made available free to the public in an online map library. At O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference David will draw on his personal map collection, as well as his work with geographic information systems, to discuss how information of all kinds has been mapped and will be mapped in the future.   [O'Reilly Network]

Features
Features: Hacking Election Maps with XML and MapServer  By day Simon St.Laurent plays editor of such recent books as Mapping Hacks and Web Mapping Illustrated, but at night he runs a weblog about his town's politics. His day job taught him a number of ways to hack political maps using XML and MapServer. In this article, Simon shows how he colored America's red-blue political map in a new shade. If you want to see how mapping and location technologies are being used right now, check out O'Reilly's upcoming Where 2.0 conference.   [XML.com]

The Geospatial Web: A Call to Action  What needs to happen to build a sustainable geospatial web? Mike Liebhold offers ten steps designed to help tap the as yet unharvested business opportunities in a geospatial web. If this topic gets your creative juices flowing, you belong at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference, coming up in June in San Francisco.   [O'Reilly Network]

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Weblogs

Scot Rosenberg: Of Maps and Mountain Goats  On Wednesday morning I went off to the O'Reilly "Where 2.0" conference, which was all about the new world of digital mapping and the mobile technologies and applications built upon them.  [Salon Blogs]

Nat Torkington: Where 2.0: A Collection of Map Hacking Goodies  In the wake of the APIs announced at Where 2.0, we have a flood of new map hacks.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Glenn Letham: Where 2.0 O'Reilly notes Hackers are teaching the industry  An interesting blog post by Chris Jablonski (ZDnet) covers Tim O'reilly's speech last week at Where 2.0.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Nat Torkington: Where 2.0: Moving Speakers Along  It can be tricky to have a new speaker every 15m. Here's how our great A/V guy, Johnny Good from Good Company Productions handles it at Where 2.0[O'Reilly Radar]

Ravi Dronamraju: Where 2.0 First Day Summary  This has been a very interesting day at the Where 2.0 conference. A lot of interesting quotes today from interesting people.   [Ravi's Blog]

Tim Lauer: Where 2.0 Conference  While many technology-using educators are at NECC, another interesting conference is taking place in California. Where 2.0 is a conference sponsored by O'Reilly Media, and its topic is the curious new ecosystem forming at the interstices of mapping portals, GIS systems, ubiquitous GPS devices, open source, and the Web 2.0.  [Education/Technology]

Danese Cooper: More Fun than JavaOne  I must confess that the tendency for vendors to consider their conference sponsorship a down-payment on holding an audience hostage has finally taken its toll. I just had to get away...lucky for me, my friends at O'Reilly (yes, I know, I'm a groupie) are holding the Where 2.0 conference today and tomorrow, just a few blocks away from JavaOne.  [New DivaBlog]

Jake Ludington: David Rumsey Historical Maps  I'm sitting in the opening session at Where 2.0 still marveling over the mapping mash-ups done by David Rumsey. He's a collector of historic cartography with over 11,000 different maps available from his site.  [Jake Ludington's MediaBlab]

Glenn Letham: Yahoo! Local to Offer Free Yahoo! Maps API  Yahoo! Local makes available an extension of the Yahoo! Search API offering with the availability of Yahoo! Maps API. According to Yahoo! reps, it's free, stable, backward compatible, fully supported, and documented.  [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Nat Torkington: Where 2.0: Google Maps API  Google Maps API released today. Look for Google Maps PM Bret Taylor to talk about it in his Where 2.0 talk. I saw this yesterday and was blown away with their attention to detail.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Where 2.0: Yahoo! Mapping API  Tim slipped it into his talk: Yahoo Maps API released today. It's fundamentally different from Google Maps API. Yahoo's beginning by taking aim at the simplest possible hosted functionality.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Where 2.0: A9's new interface  At Where 2.0 this morning, A9 CEO Udi Manber unveiled a new maps visual Yellow Pages interface. Love the way the two sides of the street scroll in different directions.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Where 2.0: Opening Address  I just kicked off the Where 2.0 conference. My talk appears below. Join the conversation on irc.freenode.net #Where2.0 and check out the Flickr photostream[O'Reilly Radar]

Phillip Torrone: Drawing with Google Earth and a GPS  I'm on my way to the Where 2.0 conference, and I'll be hosting an area at the Where Fair with all the GPS projects I've been up to. Coincidentally, Google released Google Earth (free) and I downloaded it and started to tinker.  [MAKE]

Glenn Letham: GeoProject USA Photographs 4,554,000 US Geographic Intersection Points  It's ambitious... this Successor to the popular “Degree Confluence Project” plans to Photograph 4,554,000 Geographic Intersection Points in the U.S., creating a unique picture of America.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Glenn Letham: Flying Around the Globe with Google Earth  OK... I've downloaded the complete Google Earth and I have to say I'm pretty much blown away!   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Nat Torkington: Google Maps of World Heritage Sites  Rather than use Google Maps as an interface, Brad Templeton is using Google's Keyhole imagery for virtual tourism along the lines of Google Sightseeing. He built an index of URLs of Google Keyhole photography of Unesco World Heritage Sites. Check out Fiordland, New Zealand, Uluru, Australia, or Norway's Vega archipelago[O'Reilly Radar]

Schuyler Erle: The Future of National Mapping Agencies  Jeff Thurston writes, "If Google and Yahoo and others can make most of their profit from advertising by simply opening the vaults to spatial data and letting regular folks build, share, and use geospatial information, why can’t national mapping agencies?" Good question!   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Tyler Mitchell: Benefits of Open Source  My first in a regular series of open source geospatial articles garnered some interesting comments/discussion. It was a general "Benefits of Open Source" article--particularly geared toward the geospatial industry. Unfortunately, the initial comment that sparked the reactions was removed today, but you still get the idea.   [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Nat Torkington: OS GIS Conference Day 1  Hello from Minneapolis! I'm in town for Open Source Geospatial '05, the biggest gathering of open source map hackers. I'm sharing a room with Simon St. Laurent, intrepid editor of Mapping Hacks and Web Mapping Illustrated. It's a busy room: Tyler (author of Web Mapping Illustrated) crashed here on Wednesday night, and Schuyler and Jo's bikes (they're the authors of Mapping Hacks) are by the TV as I write this.  [O'Reilly Radar]

Tim O'Reilly: Google Maps + Yahoo! Traffic Back Online  A month or so ago, the Google Maps/Yahoo traffic mashup site went dark, as Yahoo! removed lat/long data from their RSS feeds. The developer, Greg Woo Oatis, rebuilt the site with data from traffic.com, but the takedown was still disappointing.
    [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Google Maps Takedown  As Slashdot reported, the creators of Google Wallpapers (Python code to stitch together Google Maps tiles into larger pictures) were sent an informal cease and desist. With only one exception, every person named on that Google Wallpapers page will be at Where 2.0, even the author of the Google letter. I think I know what one topic of hallway conversation will be ...  [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Google Maps on Rails  Ruby on Rails hackers, check this out: all the code you need to add Google Maps functionality to your applications, packaged as a Rails controller....  [O'Reilly Radar]

Tim O'Reilly: The Globalization Game  Great op-ed on globalization by Clyde Prestowitz in the Boston Globe (via Dave Farber's IP list). Argues that the current jawboning of China about the artificially low yuan is window dressing.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Tyler Mitchell: Changing Role of Big Geospatial Companies  Directions Magazine had an excellent "Open Letter to GIS/Geospatial Software Companies." It touched on nine main points of change now weighing on the traditional GIS vendors.  [O'Reilly Weblogs]

Nat Torkington: Urban Mapping and the Role of Design in Mapping  One of the benefits of organizing a conference is that I get to speak to a lot of interesting people. I just got off the phone with Ian White of Urban Mapping. You know those hideous kid toys that show a slightly different picture depending on the angle you're looking at them (the poor man's hologram)? Ian has finally found a use for that technology: maps.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: Founder of Symbian to Speak at Where 2.0  I just confirmed Stephen Randall from LocaModa to speak at Where 2.0 about mobile marketing (give the website a day or two to reflect his addition to the program). He won't be talking exclusively about what LocaModa's doing, though their work is fascinating: they're turning phones into remote controls for the TVs you see in airports, Wal-Mart, etc. By connecting phones to TVs (e.g., each TV has an SMS number), you can turn the TVs into blogs, let viewers respond to advertisements, and much more.   [O'Reilly Radar]

Nat Torkington: I Can See Your Plane From Here  Check out this Google Keyhole satellite photo of a B-2 bomber (found via Google Blogoscoped). I showed it to my wife and she said "Oh, I used to work there." Turns out she helped build the B-2 bomber, doing the small adjustments needed to keep it completely off radar. And now, over a decade later, she gets to see her baby again through the wonders of Google. I can't wait to see the Virtual Earth pictometry iamges of the B2 :-)  [O'Reilly Radar]

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