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Opening Esri

May 14 2013 [Archived Version] □ Published at Into The Pudding under tags  architectures of participation geospatial

So I’ve been meaning to write a post on this ever since I had a great talk with Andrew Turner, who recently joined Esri. He was expressing a good bit of optimism over Esri’s willingness to embrace ‘open’. My worry is that they would embrace the language of open, but not actually do the key […]


Let indoor Google Maps be your guide this holiday shopping season

Nov 13 2012 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  android maps

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Indoor Google Maps for Mall of America in Bloomington, MN (left) and for Macy's in New York, NY (right)

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Your favorite retail stores are already playing holiday tunes, promoting sales, and decking out their displays in red and green. But if flashbacks of people rushing all around you frantically trying to find gifts for everyone on their lists are giving you anxiety, fret not. This year you can use indoor Google Maps on your Android device to stay cool, calm, collected and most of all, one step ahead of the crowd.

On Black Friday and throughout this holiday season, simply zoom in to a participating store on Google Maps to devise your shopping game plan. An indoor floor plan with helpful labels will automatically appear, and the familiar “blue dot” icon will help you figure out the fastest way to the accessories department, the food court when you need to refuel, and the closest restroom or ATM when you need a break from your marathon shopping session. For many locations, you can even get indoor walking directions to find the best route from one store to the next.

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Indoor Google Maps for West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (left) and for Nordstrom in Seattle, WA (right)

These accurate, easy-to-use indoor maps are available for a number of popular retail locations across the globe including many local malls and select Best Buy, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Harrod’s, Selfridges, John Lewis and other stores. With the help of your Android device, you can beeline it to the camcorder you’ve been eyeing for your dad, and then quickly make your way to that sweater you know your sister will love. For list of additional venue partners, including some in Belgium that just became available today, check out this list.

We hope these indoor maps make finding your way in and around retail stores easier, less stressful and more efficient this holiday season. To access them, simply update Google Maps on your Android by visiting Google Play on your phone or desktop. Happy holiday shopping!


Social Business thoughts

Jun 18 2008 [Archived Version] □ Published at Into The Pudding under tags  augmenting capitalism

A month or two ago I came across an amazing piece by Muhammad Yunus, where he introduces the ‘Social Business’. I do hope the meme builds momentum, and I’m hoping my ‘dot-org‘ concept can grow to be the technological sector of the social business world. It’s a great narrowing of the term ‘Social Enterprise‘, which […]


OpenGeo.org

May 15 2008 [Archived Version] □ Published at Into The Pudding under tags  geospatial web

So within the GeoServer community we’re debating whether it’s kosher to do a fairly blatant ‘commercial’ announcement on the blog about OpenGeo.org. But in the meantime I figured I’d just announce here, since I can do whatever I want on my personal blog🙂 I’m really excited to present OpenGeo, the newly minted geospatial division of […]


Letting everyone remix web maps

Mar 06 2008 [Archived Version] □ Published at Into The Pudding under tags  architectures of participation geospatial web

I’ve been meaning to lay down my little vision of how web mapping configuration should work for awhile.  It’s not a big idea, but a nice little way to perhaps bring more participation in to the creation of web maps, making it possible for anyone to make a mash-ups.  I believe Google Mapplets gets at […]


Slides from GSDI-10

Mar 01 2008 [Archived Version] □ Published at Into The Pudding under tags  architectures of participation geospatial web

Just finished up a great week at GSDI-10 in Trinidad. I came down with Justin Deoliveira; he put on a great workshop on Monday, and we both had talks on Thursday. Sometime soon we should post the workshop modules on the GeoServer blog, but I wanted to get my talk online as several people asked […]


Recycling to help maintain performance and stability

Feb 01 2008 [Archived Version] □ Published at Into The Pudding under tags  quotes

So I’ve rarely looked at ESRI software, but a friend has administrator rights on the new version of ArcGIS Server, and he decided to show me how it works.  There are a lot of options, and they provide some interesting configuration of how the processes work: They have this great ‘feature’ called Recycling – ‘Recycling […]


Great post on GeoData licensing

Jan 12 2008 [Archived Version] □ Published at Into The Pudding under tags  architectures of participation geospatial web

I have some major posts to write, but thankfully there are others out in the world thinking about and writing about the same issues that I care about.  Today I found ‘The license: where are, where we’re going‘ on the OpenGeoData blog.  It is exactly the post I wanted to write after attending the Science […]


Producing, not consuming, makes the GeoWeb go ’round.

Dec 01 2007 [Archived Version] □ Published at Into The Pudding under tags  architectures of participation geospatial web

Aaron on Streetsblog just passed me a link to post by Steven Johnson on what he calls ‘the pothole paradox‘. It’s a very nice introduction to GeoWeb ideas, and clearly explains to laypeople why geospatial metadata on everything could help. But for us working on building this open, interoperable GeoWeb it offers very little, except […]


Collaborative Mapping: Tools, cont.

Jul 16 2007 [Archived Version] □ Published at Into The Pudding under tags  architectures of participation geospatial web

The next major area of tool improvement I see is expanding the wiki notion of editing to more of a merging revision control model, with branches, versions, patches and eventually expanding in to distributed repositories.  The ‘patch‘ is a small piece of code that can be applied to a computer program to fix something.  They […]