In the wake of yet another devastating earthquake, this time in Christchurch, New Zealand, Google has rolled out a resource to try and help people connect with friends, colleagues, and loved ones – the Christchurch person finder. Data is crowd-sourced and all data entered will be made available by all users. People using the app can either search for a person or report a found person or themselves. The app can be embedded on websites – ideal for popular Kiwi-based portals and government web sites and Google has also made available some resources for developers that are looking to build on this app. See http://christchurch-2011.person-finder.appspot.com/. Note, you can follow updates on the situation in New Zealand on Twitter via the hashtag #eqnz
Archives for February 21, 2011
This year, Esri Canada kicks of the Canada user conference season in Canada with a stop in Victoria. B.C., Canada on April 12-13 for the ESRI Canada User Conference. From Esri… Learn how ESRI’s new release, ArcGIS 10, can dramatically transform how you use and apply GIS. Plenary sessions, user presentations and technical sessions take place Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and early bird reg is just $75! See more details HERE – for more event information see esricanada.com/uc2011
With Queensland in the middle of an unprecedented flood crisis, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Rapid Damage Assessment Teams have sprung into action, delivering vital information to assist in recovery operations in the wake of Cyclone Larry. Of note, The extent of the devastation / floods in Queensland was reported to be larger than the areas of France AND Germany! See more details on the GIS / Geo tech mobile response in this fine contribution from Tom Patterson of Esri – Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Responding To Australia Floods With Esri GIS Mobile Technology
I’d love to be your WWN Hero! I’ve been to many places around the globe and taken in many tech events, however, I’ve never been to New York (I know, hard to believe!!) Anyway, this is a bit of a self-promo shout-out but if you’ve enjoyed or appreciated some of the mobile / social / social loco / Geo tips and tricks etc… that I’ve shared with the community over the years would you consider nominating me for this?? See Details HERE
There’s a slim chance that your help might get me to the Shorty Awards in New York city and while there I’ll be able to share all the festivities with you via my usual social streams, including loads of digital media… See details on how you can get me to New York HERE – or, perhaps there’s someone else that you feel is better suited to be nominated.. go ahead and give them a shout out then… Thanks!
To nominate yours truly aka. @gletham simply tweet a short why I should be your WWN hero (ie. a community activist helping you with mobile technologies) using hashtag #WWNHelpHero
Thinking of heading to SoCal for another awesome Where2.0 event this year? Scheduled for Mid-April, this yer O’reilly is adding a boot camp to the agenda, slated to run April 19th. The focus of the camp is how to leverage location technologies in your marketing efforts. Featured Speakers
– Susan Crawford, Visiting Research Collaborator, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy
– Dennis Crowley, Founder of foursquare
– Ben Fry, Owner of Ben Fry LLC, a software and design consultancy in Cambridge, MA
– Tara Hunt, CEO & Co-Founder, Shwowp
– Krissy Clark, Los Angeles Bureau Chief for KQED public radio
– Mano Marks, member of Google’s Geo API team
Scoring the perfect career is a challenge indeed, and the current economic climate doesn’t make things any easier… however, the GIS/Geo tech sector is hot so don’t get discouraged (see our career board as an example). Along with this theme, we’re pleased to share a couple of feature contributions this month from our expert contributors that should help you a little in your search… enjoy and thanks to the authors!
Got Questions About Choosing GIS as a Career – Jopseph Kerski of Esri provides a fun and useful list of reasons why people might want to consider a career in GIS – Joseph Kerski, Geographer, has a background in government, academia, and industry. He serves as Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in Colorado, USA.
Freelance Cartography Job Options – This article is for those who want to explore options for creating a cartography firm, or sole-proprietorship, that occupies a very specific niche. We often hear that in order for a firm to be successful it is best for it to focus on one profitable niche.
Nokia has recently released the cool, new Nokia E7 smartphone and this week, all week long, you’ll have a chance to win yourself one! A couple of BUTs though… you’ll need to be following @WomWorldNokia on Twitter to get your alerts, and you’ll need to be responding / Tweeting your answers via Ovi Maps (using the embedded Twitter connect). Each day the WOM team will provide several clues.. today’s was pretty easy for any of us that have been to Helsinki! Keep following and your odds are likely pretty good – Good luck! Details of the competition HERE
- Nokia ClearBlack display for improved outdoor visibility
- Screen size: 4″
- Resolution: 16:9 nHD (640 x 360 pixels) AMOLED
- 16 million colours
- Capacitive touch screen
- Orientation sensor (Accelerometer)
- Compass (Magnetometer)
- Proximity sensor
- Ambient light detector
Note: For you developers with great Ideas you could win a cool trip to SXSW from Nokia! See IdeasProject.com for more on that one!