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Esri To Enable Thousands Of Government Agencies To Open GIS Data To The Public

Esri To Enable Thousands Of Government Agencies To Open GIS Data To The Public | Maps | Scoop.it
Government agencies will be allowed to make more geospatial data available to developers and the public.
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Yes, all though the Esir platform!  Good move for Esri, but it is open for govn't and people?  Don't know.

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Foursquare.com ditches Google Maps for MapBox and OpenStreetMaps

Foursquare.com ditches Google Maps for MapBox and OpenStreetMaps | Maps | Scoop.it
An interesting move from Foursquare, and one that the company says it has done because of a desire to support the startup ecosystem.

Via Stephane Prudhomme
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Can Participatory Mapping Save the Commons?

Can Participatory Mapping Save the Commons? | Maps | Scoop.it

"Imagine if Twitter were to digest for you the range of agreement, disagreement, and mood of your friends. By pre-digesting information -- self-synthesizing, if you will -- modern maps have been able to foreshadow coming revolutions in information. Unlike the web tools of the early 2000s – chat rooms, forums, wikis, blogs, and podcasts – crowd-sourced maps actually analyze the data given to them, sorting social information into patterns of local, regional, and global patterns. The maps do not merely collect information, as a “memory hole” like Wikileaks does; rather, the maps show the community back to itself, revealing hot-spots of local corruption and pollution, giving activists the tools to target particular places with investigation or protest."


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, January 9, 2014 4:58 PM

h/t the indefatigable Michel Bauwens:  I don't know whether it can save the commons, but participatory mapping is a particularly useful platform for augmented collective intelligence by all sorts of communities -- from public fruit trees to political protests.


(I wrote the following in 1998: 

Maps + Databases + Internet = New Scientific, Civic, and Political Tools)
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Google Maps App: Do You Need A GPS? - Search Engine Roundtable

Google Maps App: Do You Need A GPS? - Search Engine Roundtable | Maps | Scoop.it
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Google Maps App: Do You Need A GPS?
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Last week, Google quietly announced on Google+ a new feature within the driving directions of the Google Maps app.
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Wikipedia ditches Google Maps for OpenStreetMaps after price change

Wikipedia ditches Google Maps for OpenStreetMaps after price change | Maps | Scoop.it
Citing synergistic principles with OpenStreetMaps and an end to Google's free ride for high-volume map users, Wikipedia has dropped Google Maps.

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This is a "fight" to keep your eyes on!

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