Geographic News Filter “EveryBlock”

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

EveryBlock

“‘What’s happening in my neighborhood?’

For a long time, that’s been a tough question to answer. In dense, bustling cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco, the number of daily media reports, government proceedings and local Internet conversations is staggering. Every day, a wealth of local information is created — officials inspect restaurants, journalists cover fires and Web users post photographs — but who has time to sort through all of that?

Our mission at EveryBlock is to solve that problem. We aim to collect all of the news and civic goings-on that have happened recently in your city, and make it simple for you to keep track of news in particular areas. We’re a geographic filter — a “news feed” for your neighborhood, or, yes, even your block.

At this time, we cover three American cities: Chicago, New York and San Francisco. On each site, you can type in any address to read local news and public information near you. You’ll find three main types of news:

  • Civic information — building permits, crimes, restaurant inspections and more. In many cases, this information is already on the Web but is buried in hard-to-find government databases. In other cases, this information has never been posted online, and we’ve forged relationships with governments to make it available.
  • News articles and blog entries — major newspapers, community weeklies, TV and radio news stations, local specialty publications and local blogs. We do the work of classifying articles by geography, so you can easily find the mainstream media coverage near particular locations.
  • Fun from across the Web — local photos posted to the Flickr photo-sharing site, user reviews of local businesses on Yelp, lost and found postings from Craigslist and more. We figure out the relevant places and point you to location-specific items you might not have known about.

We like to toss around the word “news” to describe all of this, and that might surprise you at first. Isn’t news what appears on the front page of the New York Times? Isn’t news something produced by professional journalists?

Well, it can be — and we include as much of that on EveryBlock as possible. But, in our minds, “news” at the neighborhood or block level means a lot more. On EveryBlock, “Somebody reviewed the new Italian restaurant down the street on Yelp” is news. “Somebody took a photo of that cool house on your block and posted it to Flickr” is news. “The NYPD posted its weekly crime report for your neighborhood” is news. If it’s in your neighborhood and it happened recently, it’s news on EveryBlock.”

http://www.everyblock.com/about/

More: Where 2.0 News Coverage


Black N82 arriving

Friday, 21 March 2008

n82_01d_lowres_2008-03-21.jpgThe Nokia N82 is a true travel companion. From the data sheet (PDF):

Photo and Video

  • 5 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus with a dedicated autofocus assist lamp, and MPEG-4 VGA video capture of up to 30 frames per second with video stabilization
  • High speed camera performance
  • One-click photo and video uploading from gallery to compatible online albums or blogs with Wi-Fi or 3G
  • Easy playback of recorded videos and photos on compatible TV using TV out cable or Wi-Fi/UPnP
  • Geotagging: adds location information to images when they are captured

Navigation

  • Built-in GPS: Nokia Maps with integrated GPS, Assisted GPS (A-GPS) support
  • All standard Nokia N82 Black sales packages will come with some local maps preloaded to the memory card
  • All standard Nokia N82 Black sales packages will have a minimum 3 day free navigation trial
  • Maps data available for over 150 countries, navigation supported for over 30 countries, 15 million location highlights

And it has a barcode scanner for mobile tagging.


GPS Drawings Gallery

Sunday, 16 March 2008

“The [Gallery] contains GPS drawings created over land, on water, and in the air along with GPS maps and experiments. There are also contributions from around the world. GPS tracks have been sent from pilots, skydivers, skiers, hikers, cyclists, joggers, and whale hunters.The [Projects] contain specialized ventures that merit specific attention such as animations, documentation of exhibitions, GPS mapping, computer and cardboard models, and workshops conducted in galleries, museums, and in schools.”http://www.gpsdrawing.com

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Heineken’s “Delivery Men”

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Heineken

Heineken seems to use digital fleet management for a marketing campaign and a mashup game. The Dutch beer brewery shows live the position of their “delivery men”. In a game you can predict the next stop of the trucks. It is a cooperation with the geotagging community bliin.

Via The Mobile City who quote the Dutch blog Bright.


Fotoland.us – Flickr-Google-Mashup

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Another mashup by Taher Baderkhan. Fotoland.us is a community concept that “brings you pictures from all over the world by combining technologies from Flickr and Google Maps using the power of tags. It is the best and fastest way to explore pictures of other cities, locations and cultures. Fotoland is a user collaborative effort that grows with your participation.” It is the same approach as loc.alize.us

Fotoland.com

Screenshot: Locative Media


Where 2.0 Conference 2008

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Where 2.0 Conference 2008, May 12-14, 2008 in Burlingame, California:

“Where 2.0 brings together the people, projects, and issues building the new technological foundations and creating value in the location industry. Join with other developers, technologists, CTOs, researchers, geographers, academics, business developers, and entrepreneurs to debate and discuss what’s viable now, and what’s lurking just below the radar. “

Where 2.0

Screenshot: Locative Media


Telegraph: iPhone as travel guidebook

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Suzy Bennett reports on her experience with the iPhone as a travel assistant for a trip to Madrid:

Before I left for Madrid, I downloaded several guides on to my phone: six podcasts, an audio walking tour, a guide to Madrileño restaurants and bars and a Spanish phrasebook, produced by Rough Guides.

I also “bookmarked” – saved – the Lonely Planet and Rough Guide website addresses, plus a selection of travel blogs for reference.”

There are several observations on the activities of the traditional guidebook publishers like Lonely Planet to cope with the “digital challenge” (e.g. lonelyplanet.tv “a kind of You Tube for travel videos”).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/main.jhtml?xml=/travel/2007/11/10/et-iphone-travel-110.xml