WBUR Boston Radio has posted an interesting podcast which discusses the topic of the geospatial web… The convergence of the physical world and geospatial world… the geospatial Web combining the web and geospatial elements. Titled “The New Sense of Place” the discussion delves into the possibilities and probability of geospatially tagging pretty much everything and making the information available via any web-enabled device.
Hear the podcast at http://www.onpointradio.org/shows/2006/01/20060103_b_main.asp
From the website… Just a decade after it became ubiquitous, the World Wide Web has made us blase about information. We assume we can learn almost everything about almost anything at the touch of a PC keyboard. But the digital revolution is hardly over. Now, the digital realm is exploding into the physical world. They call it the “geo-spatial web.” Already it means online maps loaded with information about the physical world, and someday soon, that physical world itself will be tagged and teeming with data for the asking: What is that building? Where is my dog? Who is that man? The implications are huge, exciting, and scary and the result will be a world alive with information.
Peter Morville, author of “Ambient Findability” takes part in the discussion and interestingly, he’ll be a keynote presenter at this year’s Geotec event in Ottawa, Canada. See www.geoplace.com/gt
About Morville… Peter Morville is widely recognized as a founding father of information architecture. He co-authored the best-selling book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, and has consulted with such organizations as Harvard IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo! and the National Cancer Institute. Morville is president of Semantic Studios, co-founder of the Information Architecture Institute, and a faculty member at the University of Michigan. His work has been featured in many publications including Business Week, The Economist, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal. Morville’s latest book, Ambient Findability, was published in 2005 by O’Reilly Media. He blogs at findability.org.