Place Lab - A Privacy-Observant Location System

Place Lab is software providing low-cost, easy-to-use device positioning for location-enhanced computing applications.

Looks like they got this thing all wrapped up. ;) but really, looks like a pretty cool start. Now if I can just figure out how to run these silly java apps.

They also use, which is Wireless Geographic Logging Engine, Plotting WiFi on Maps. This looks like a really cool resource for wifi maps around the U.S. Not sure about abroad yet, I'll have to dig around some more. hrm, again, I wonder if there is a feed or something someone could grab and use in the SpyTrack Geo-Aggregator (need a better name).

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.