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Snowflakesoft and the butterfly effect

Today I delivered the keynote presentation at the first Snowflake Software User Conference. Snowflake for those who don’t know are a small UK company set up by a couple of ex-Ordnance Survey people who specialise in developing XML applications for the GI industry. Although a small team, the work that Snowflake do has had a […]

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Peter Cochrane on GPS

Interesting post by Peter Cochrane noting the reliance people have on GPS navigation as it becomes more widespread. As noted in this blog before, the potential result could be that users perception of location and distance change as geograhphical knowledge is replaced by the female voice of the navigation system. As Peter notes this may […]

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MapServer to be supported by Autodesk

Today sees the creation of the MapServer Foundation a group to support the ongoing development of the Minnesota MapServer project with the backing on Autodesk and DM Solutions. This seems to be the first time one of the “big” traditional GIS vendors has jumped onboard with Open-source, the replacement for Autodesk’s MapGuide will be “MapServer […]

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Big Brother or Mary Poppins does LBS ?

Silicon.com reports that NTT DoCoMO have introduced a new “child friendly’ phone for use with their Imadoco service, one of the first child tracking services introduced about five years ago. There seems to be a lot of comments about the potential civil liberty issues of tracking children, and in particular with the new SA800i phone […]

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Frappr! The geography of communities

I have been playing with Frappr! the google map mash-up which has really caught peoples imaginations. In some ways it combines mapping with sites like friends reunited or friendster which create and join up online communities. This is really powerful stuff, it may sound very geeky but finding out there is someone doing the same […]