Contrary to Popular Opinion
Nope, I have not fallen asleep. Nor have I retired. I have been busy at work with Steve Guptill, John Jensen and Dave Cowen (luminaries in the world of geography) on a series of projects for the Geography Division of the U.S. Census. In addition to this joint effort, I have been busy with my TeleMapics clients on projects that I cannot write about in this blog. All this work has made Mike a dull boy.
I did finally get to Egypt and Jordan in February and will soon add sections on each country to my ThereArePlaces travel website. Canon should hire me, as I took over 8,000 pictures with their equipment during my three-week sojourn.
However, the reason I am surfacing here briefly it to let you know that I have a chapter coming out in a book on Volunteered Geographic Information, edited by Dan Sui, Sarah Elwood and Mike Goodchild (more luminaries from the world of geography). My chapter is titled, “VGI as a compilation tool for navigation map databases.” You can find information about the book here, but be warned that it has an $180 price tag.
Another factor that caused me to stop writing Exploring Local is that I could not find anything interesting happening in the world of mapping, Local Search and LBS. However, there is now an enormous amount of activity going on behind the screens of the Great Lord OZ and I may just be prompted to comment on some of it.
I hope all of you are well and prospering.