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Spidey-tracer legal?

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A while back we talked about how the LAPD was working on an attachable GPS unit for tracking suspects. CNN has a story on the use of GPS for tracking suspects using GPS in a real world situation, but with a twist (and a video). The report wonders whether the use of trackers without a […]

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State of the Map ’08 presentations

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A recent post on the Mapperz blog has links to several of the presentations on SlideShare that were given at this years State of the Map held in Limerick, Ireland. It is a pretty interesting group of talks and, as usual, we wish we could have gone to see them in person but it is […]

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We Got Too Much Stuff!

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The IDC has just released a report (PDF) that says the amount of digital data we’ve collected exceeds the amount of space we have to hold it all. Right now, we collect nearly 45GB per person. That’s an amazing amount of data. The expectation is that by 2011, we’ll only be able to store half […]

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Broadband Census Bill approved by House Committee

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The proposed Broadband Census Bill (H.R. 3919) was approved on Tuesday by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee. The main goal of the legislation is to collect data about broadband availability throughout the US and use that data to generate a searchable map that will provide consumers with information on what is available in […]

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Measuring Fine Scale Behavior

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University College London’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis has done a lot of great work in understanding spatial behavior, and one of their current projects, CAPABLE (Children’s Activities, Perception and Behaviour in the Local Environment) focuses on children’s activities patterns across space and time, looking at things like patterns of travel between home and school […]

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Video of TeleAtlas ride-along

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Episode 16 of InDigital includes a ride along and discussion with TeleAtlas (at 6:48). It goes for about 3 minutes and the little discussion among the hosts afterward is a great example of non-geospatial professional perspectives of data collection and use. I would definitely recommend that everyone take a look. Oh, and apparently TeleAtlas is […]

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US wants to censor satellite imagery

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The good folks over at Ars Technica are reporting an AP article that says the US Intelligence community wants to have the license to censor satellite imagery. The idea is for the government to be able to control what the public can and cannot see in times of war or emergency via satellite. That way, […]

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Residential Wi-Fi spots Mapped

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Slashdot is reporting an interesting article that claims AOL and Skyhook Wireless have mapped “the majority of residences in the U.S. and Canada” along with their wireless service (or lack there of). It is supposedly part of their “Near Me” service which allows AOL IM users to see people physically located near themselves. I’m of […]

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Wonder How Much of This is Spatial Data?

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Wired Magazine is reporting on a story that the amount of digital data moving around the world today is something on the order of 161 exabytes. Although the exact number (and methodology) might be disputable, it appears the research is in the right ballpark. Just to put that into perspective (using base 10 instead of […]