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Links 1 through 10 of 79 by Joe Germuska tagged geo

Caution is needed. Even a name may not be a name. The use of a structure changes more rapidly than the availability of money to repaint a sign. So the sign might show a beauty parlor, but it’s currently used as a tailor, and everyone knows that and calls it by it’s “spoken name”. How can the map reflect both what residents already know, and what an outsider might need to know to navigate.

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"Tile Drawer makes designing and hosting custom maps simple and straightforward. The project lets anyone run their own OpenStreetMap server in the cloud with one-step configuration and zero administration. Tile Drawer is a product of Stamen Design’s Michal Migurski."

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"Amazon is now hosting all United States TIGER Census data in its cloud. We just finished moving 140 gigs of shapefiles of U.S. states, counties, districts, parcels, military areas, and more over to Amazon. This means that you can now load all of this data directly onto one of Amazon’s virtual machines, use the power of the cloud to work with these large data sets, generate output that you can then save on Amazon’s storage, and even use Amazon’s cloud to distribute what you make."

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"Yahoo! Placemaker is a freely available geoparsing Web service. It helps developers make their applications location-aware by identifying places in unstructured and atomic content – feeds, web pages, news, status updates – and returning geographic metadata for geographic indexing and markup."

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"Most unusual is his mentholated habanero ice cream, enhanced with a derivative of menthol. It doesn't taste minty but opens up olfactory cells for a cooling sensation -- along with the pepper's heat. This creamy puzzler sells well as part of a chocolate dessert and regularly in takeout pints."

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"The SQL database behind iplocationtools.com is offered for free. You get a table with city precision (1.4M rows) and another with country precision including CIDR (80k rows)."

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"Urban Mapping, Inc (UMI) is a leading provider of geospatial data and services. UMI's URBANWARE™ data products are offered via web services and regular updates, allowing access to our database and computation logic for neighborhoods, other informally-defined geographic regions and transit systems. Through UMI's various APIs, developers are able to take advantage of our industry-leading local search products.

"Through this developer portal, code snippets, technical documentation and an interactive demo are available to help developers use UMI's products. You may register for the Free Neighborhood API and/or the Free Mass Transit Proximity API and read more about what we offer."

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'For Ms. Williams the geo-tagging represents a new wave of information that can be culled from sites like Flickr and Twitter. “We’re going to see more research that’s using these types of finer-grained data sets, what I call data shadows, the traces that we leave behind as we go through the city,” she said. “They’re going to be important in uncovering what makes cities so dynamic.”'

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"These crimes are particularly expensive to society because the replacement cost is much higher than the thief's profit. A manhole is worth $5–$10 as scrap, but it costs $500 to replace, including labour. A thief may take $20 worth of copper from a construction site, but do $10,000 in damage in the process. And the increased threat means more money being spent on security to protect those commodities in the first place."

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"While it is true that the last few years have seen an explosion of geo-related innovation, Chris Spurgeon reviews some of the past geo hacks that were pulled off in 1920, or 1790, or 250 B.C.

"He surveys some of humanity's cleverest solutions in its attempts to answer those basic questions "where the hell am I?" and "which way should I go?"Chris's list includes such topics as the history of mapping, a biography of Mercator, the concept of map projections, and other fascinating geo themes."

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