So I just spent the last hour or so flying through the 645 posts from the geoblogs that I haven’t had a chance to read over the last month (being tech support’s assitant in a brand new building eats up your time). When you read blogs regularly it seems like things are kind of shuffling along, but when you look at what we all talk about in a single month, it is pretty darn impressive.
For the first time Frank’s choice of Sprint may actually be a good thing. The mobile phone provider is rolling out Live Search for their phones which is now location-based. Apparently this isn’t an exclusive deal with Sprint and Microsoft, but Sprint is the first to implement the technology which isn’t GPS-based so it should be usable on most phones. The article says it is done with cell tower triangulation, but I am wondering if it can also take advantage of GPS/aGPS to enhance location accuracy. At the same time, you don’t need an exact location since you are simply doing a search for results that are spatially relevant, not a search for where you are. Either way we will let you know if they implemented it locally on this week’s podcast after Frank tries it out.
We are beginning to plan the third New Media panel for the upcoming AAG in Boston (in April). We have had great panels and very interested audiences (if not always the largest). I would like to include 2 or 3 geobloggers/podcasters who plan to attend AAG or live near Boston and we will try to find a local blogger and someone with a reader’s perspective to kind of explain the pros and cons of keeping up with our deluge of content.
If you are interested in participating in the panel please email me. There are a couple of folks I have been trying to entice for the last couple of years that hopefully will be able to join us this year.
On a side note, I am also going to try to put together something for the ESRI Ed UC next August as well, so email if you are interested in talking about education, communication, and the internet.