For some time now I’ve been very impressed with the folks in Philly and their efforts of using social media to enhance their tourism and local tourism efforts. Well, now something new coming from the Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. In a cool, new marketing effort designed to show off the city, the crew will be turning over their Instagram and Pinterest accounts to local photographers, social media mavens, and other local “experts” – interesting idea! Should be interesting to watch the results… see also @VisitPhilly on Instagram and Twitter. More about this effort HERE
Here’s an opportunity for you to learn about the easy-to-use mapping software designed with field crews in mind thanks to Juniper Systems. Juniper Aspect is a mapping software specifically designed with field crews in mind, allowing you to:
Cut costs by improving worker efficiency
Save time with accurate field asset documentation
Improve communication between field personnel and customers
Make faster repairs with GPS guidance to hard-to-find components
Keep cleaner maintenance, repair, and upgrade documentation
Improve accuracy of billing using GPS-verifiable documentation
Are you Creating Location Aware Apps and Mapping Apps for Apple iOS 6 and the iPhone 5? Here’s 10 Must have documents for developers looking to migrate to iOS 6 or those looking to get started creating location-aware apps and services for the iPhone 5 or iPad. The Apple Dev Center is a great starting point and there’s a wealth of material there. Of particular use to developers and those wishing to get started with iOS 6 are the following 10 documents and developer resources:
Another tragedy and cowardly act of senseless violence rocking the World today, this time in Boston, MA – our heartfelt wishes go out to the city and all affected. Of note, Google has established a resource that may be of interest to those looking to touch base with someone who was running in the Marathon or perhaps in the area where the incident took place… http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/
According to Google – All data entered will be available to the public and viewable and usable by anyone. Google does not review or verify the accuracy of this data.
An interesting data tip from NOAA… The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory has been updated. The inventory is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic data, primarily lidar, as well as bathymetric data, such as NOAA hydrographic surveys, multibeam data, and bathymetric lidar. The data are shown on a map with their geographic extents and each entry includes information such as vertical accuracy, point spacing, date of collection, and often a direct link to download data. This project is an ongoing collaborative effort between NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey, with contributions from the FEMA. The inventory is current as of November 2012 and will continue to be updated annually. See www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/topobathy
A whole bunch of OSM mappers will be getting together next week (April 20) in a cool effort to help build out the basemap in a cool event designed to spread the word and get a whole bunch of edits made. Sixteen cities across the country have signed up, including mapping parties to be held in San Francisco and Sunnyvale in California, Tampa Bay, Florida and Washington, D.C. The groups will begin work at about 12pm, and are expected to continue editing as a group until 6pm each evening. So far companies that have stepped up as sponsors include MapBox, Esri, and Telenav… maybe you can help out too! See the official PR HERE
Good news for all of you facebook fanatics that happen to be sporting Android devices running OS 4+ as the much hyped facebook home app is now available for you. The app hit Play today, April 12 although I suspect many folks won’t be able to run it unless of course you have the latest Android device running the latest OS – darn, I wish I had the Google Nexus smartphone now! The service brings together all your social services into a handy environment, providing you with quick access to comments, photos and such from your services… Like I said before, I had similar functionality on some Symbian devices and also find that the Windows Phone experience also provides similar functionality… I guess we’ll just wait and see what the feedback is like (note, currently the 1 star rating seems to be the overwhelming choice of those rating the app!). Of note, for some tips on updating your Android OS on your mobile see this post
Want the best job in the World? If so you’ll need to battle over 600,000 others (90,000 Americans alone) for the title according to the Australia Tourism Bureau. Vying for jobs like, Chief Funster, Outback Adventurer and Taste Master, American applicants submitted :30 second video entries in hopes of standing out among the 600,000+ from 196 countries, and earning a coveted job title. Part of an international marketing push to attract youth to Australia for Working Holiday Visa opportunities, below is a detailed release, including highlighted U.S. video submissions and details on competition.
Here’s details of an interesting technology event scheduled to take place in June in Washington D.C. enter GIS for Government. The event will tackle the topics of funding, interoperability and other pressing matters that government are faced with – expect Big Data, the cloud, OSM, open source and related items to be discussed!
About the event… GIS for Government will bring together 20 speakers to address the latest government challenges, strategies and initiatives in GIS.
Join us at GIS for Government 2013 taking place June 24-26, 2013 in the Washington, DC Metro Area to find out everything you need to know about GIS.
The salary survey is always an interesting and popular topic. And so, here’s a fast, simple survey meant for GIS / Geotech industry professionals in an effort to get a glimpse at recent salary trends – no personal information at all is requested – thanks for participating!
Some fun, and educational resources from NOAA as Ocean Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts, and Climate Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts present a vision of an ocean and climate-literate society. A practical resource for educators, these guides outline the knowledge required to be considered ocean and climate literate in accordance with the National Science Education Standards (NSES). An ocean-literate person:
understands the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts about the functioning of the ocean;
can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way; and
is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.
Social media deals like facebook specials and Twitter discounts are great, however, unless you happen to be checking into a venue and having a special pushed to you how are you supposed to know about deals that are taking place near you right now? Feed is a response to that by scraping social media deals and presenting them in the results of this cleaver service. Feed boasts that they deliver deals and specials for food and drink that are taking place right now – the app is available for iphone users from the iTunes store.. sorry Android users, nothing for you yet although the developer does have their TagWhat app in Google Play! See more at http://www.getfeedapp.com/