Archives for November 10, 2007
Enter Google local search and maps at the pump… essentially it’s Maps, local listings, driving directions, coupons and more while you fuel up. No doubt you’ve already heard about this but here’s the skinny in case you want more details… in North Carolina drivers can now get access to Google maps, find local listings, and print driving directions and money-saving coupons from Gilbarco’s Encore® dispensers with color screens using what’s know as the Applause™ media system. Using live web connectivity this means that Joe consumer will also be served useful, relevant, geo-centric coupons. According to the company’s website, Applause™ is an extension of Gilbarco’s existing SMART Merchandising™ System for providing promotions, advertisements, and coupons at the fuel dispenser. The system was first displayed to the public at the 2007 NACS Show, November 7 – 9, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. So, will google maps and coupons send you to the pump? Personaly price is what determines where I fuel up.. for example, I get 10 cents p/gallon off all purchases at a local supermarket who already has the lowest price as a rule… as for gogolemaps, directions etc… I can get that on my mobile (Nokia N95) anytime any place! See www.gilbarco.com for more.
A friendly reminder from my friends over at ESRI’s Oil & Gas group… The next ArcGIS Pipeline Data Model User Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28th at the ESRI Houston Regional Office. The user group meeting is open to anyone with an interest in learning more about and implementing the ArcGIS Pipeline Data Model. The user group meeting consists of a set of presentations from pipeline operators who have implemented APDM and are using it to actively solve the demands of their organizations for pipeline GIS. The meeting will also comprise open discussion forums where users can ask questions of members of the APDM Steering and Technical committees and those operators who have implemented APDM.
APDM User Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
9:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
ESRI Houston Regional Office
One Fluor Daniel Drive – Bldg D – Sugar Land, Texas 77478
Indeed it is all about the data… always has been, always will be. Just like any cool webmap or geospatial powered application… it’s always about the data and data is king. Tim O’reilly has as interesting take on OpenSocial and slams the platform for the apparent lack of integration of data from multiple social networking applications… indeed that does seem somewhat limiting. O’reilly has pointed out that a recent dialog at a Web2.0 Berlin event brought to light the fact that Open Social will not enable developers to mix and mash data from multiple social networking platforms. Of interest, he cites Patrick Chanezon, Google’s developer advocate for the program who had this to say… “No, you only have access to the data of the individual platform or application.” It will be interesting to see and hear more on Nov 12 when the APIs are released to developers but until a platform comes around that enables a developer to take data from MySpace, linkeIn, flickr, youtube, twitter, and other cool web2.0 services will there truly be an OpenSocial enabler? Look at Google map mashups and the real coolness that is provided by the ability to mashup and mix data from multiple sources. See Tim’s take over at Radar
See also http://code.google.com/apis/opensocial/