Archives for April 30, 2010
Google is hyping favorite places (ie. places that Google search users seem to prefer) and is rewarding shop owners of favorite destinations by providing them with a handy sticker boasting they are a favorite place and displaying a QR code. One issue though is that Joe consumer is likely not familiar with QR codes and what to do with them. Here’s a handy video I created some time ago showing off the Nokia E71 smartphone scanner and showing how to scan a QR code.See more on Google Favorite Places here
This interesting update comes via some inspiration from Jason Birch of the City of Nanaimo (BC, Canada) as Jason shares details of how Nanaimo has taken part in the Google Model your Town Competition.
From Jason… Recently, the City of Nanaimo participated in Google’s Model Your Town competition. After a call for participation by the mayor and council, a number of community members attended a training session run by Nanaimo’s Development Services and Information Technology departments. Over the next two months, Nanaimo’s team worked hard and helped grow the number of buildings in Nanaimo’s 3D Warehouse collection from 30 to 128 (You can see these in Google Earth when you turn on the 3D Buildings layer).
The upside… “As a result of this great collaboration between city staff and residents, Nanaimo has gained an invaluable resource. Apart from the obvious benefit of showing downtown Nanaimo off to the world, this new level of completeness gives City staff an amazing resource to use for three-dimensional planning and analysis.” Kudos to Jason and the City “Geo” Team for putting Nanaimo on the map!