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Web2.0 Expo & Location Intelligence Wrap-up

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Andrew Turner & Mikel Maron hacking on something before Web2.0 Expo IgniteFinally back from a week of fun and adventure in the bay area attending Location Intelligence, Web2.0 Expo, American Association of Geographers (last minute addition to attend their geo-science fair) and meeting lots of great people.

A couple of highlights:
Christian Nold is doing cool stuff with BioMapping, where you measure your happiness level and geolocate it using GPS. If you’re in the Mission district, stop by Southern Exposure (no, it’s not a strip club) to see his demos and try it out.

At Location Intelligence I got a chance to meet and play with the goodies of Placebase, who provides commercial mapping support and datasets for large numbers of markers (where other mapping API’s would choke). I also saw MultiMap‘s new slippy map and API and even walking directions, and map base-layers that match the local country’s typical map display (think viewing online maps in the same format you’re used to viewing your local paper maps). Weogeo is making the eBay for maps. More on that after they release, but it’s very cool, just check out their current front-page to get a flavor for what will be coming.

Web2.0 Expo was almost too huge to encompass. You can read all about Web2.0 Expo here. The first night had Ignite talks – 15 slides/5 minutes, with great presentations from Christy Canida of Instructables on 14-year-olds leading the charge on open-source hardware, Andre Charland on the user-experience utility Robot Replay (he still owes me a beer), and Simon Wardley from Fotango on Commodity Computing (actually 70 slides in 5 minutes, quite a feat).

I also got to see Thomas Vanderwal’s talk on “Tagging That Works”, Fred von Lohmann’s “Licensing User-Generated Content”, which was very interesting to hear a lawyer give you a lot of information, without specifically telling you what to do (since he’s not your lawyer).

You should also check out Swivel’s relaunch of their preview with all the data viewing/statistics goodness you can handle, and then some.

I met a lot more people, saw even more cool projects, and had far too many beers (all these companies just want to sponsor your alchoholism), but it was fun. Look for blog posts on specific companies and projects, particularly that pertain to geospatial applications.

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  1. Andre Charland says:

    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:23 pm (#)

    Hey Andrew!

    Thanks for the mention, and yes I do owe you a beer! I’m up in Vancouver, Canada but I’m back in SF in May for JavaOne…can you accept a rain-check until then?

  2. Dan’s WeoGeo Blog » Another ego post (I just can’t help myself) says:

    April 26th, 2007 at 11:21 am (#)

    [...] High Earth Orbit » Blog Archive » Web2.0 Expo & Location Intelligence Wrap-up: Weogeo is making the eBay for maps. More on that after they release, but it’s very cool, just check out their current front-page to get a flavor for what will be coming. Powered by Gregarious (37) [...]

  3. Fiducial Marks » Supersaturation in Neogeography says:

    April 28th, 2007 at 7:38 pm (#)

    [...] I have been a traveling extensively over the last couple of weeks, so I am a bit behind in my entries. Last week I was at the Location Intelligence (LI) Conference and the Web 2.0 Expo. I met Andrew Turner, who gave the most lucid and informative talk on Neogeography that I have ever heard at Web 2.0 Expo. He and Mikel Maron gave a longer workshop on the subject at LI (missed that one, but I was at the Expo with the AWS crowd). One of our guys attended and said that it was excellent as well. [...]

  4. Simon Wardley says:

    May 1st, 2007 at 7:58 pm (#)

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the write up, much appreciated. I was pretty jet lagged when I gave the talk and had only agreed to do it that afternoon. So it was all pretty scary … forget igniting, I thought I was going to go down in flames.

    Fun though. Good to see you again.

    I’m over for OSCON, so hopefully see you there.

  5. Christy Canida says:

    May 28th, 2007 at 4:19 pm (#)

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the mention! I’m glad to hear you liked our open-source K’nex groups on Instructables- feel free to drop by, check out the rest of the site, and email me if you’ve got any questions.

    Best,
    Christy

  6. Joshua says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 12:16 am (#)

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the post. Looking forward to hearing you at the Web 2.0 conference next week in NY.

    Cheers,

    Joshua

    http://www.getchee.com/
    http://blog.getchee.com/

  7. Supersaturation in Neogeography « Fiducial Marks says:

    November 13th, 2008 at 10:32 am (#)

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