Exploring Local
Mike Dobson of TeleMapics on Local Search and All Things Geospatial

Contrary to Popular Opinion

June 10th, 2012 by admin

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.


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Posted in Authority and mapping, crowdsourced map data, map compilation, routing and navigation, User Generated Content, Volunteered Geographic Information

One Response

  1. sabre23t

    With reference to your previous post on crowdsourcing and hybrid map compilation, do you have any insight on whether Waze http://www.waze.com/ have the edge over Google and Navteq on the crowdsourcing map compilation tools/techniques/incentives? I note Apple IOS 6 is using Waze map data, amongst other map providers.

    Thanks for you comment.
    In general I support the use of crowdsourcing when used as part of a hybrid map compilation system, but not as a substitute for one. While OSM, WAZE and others may be better at crowdsourcing than Navteq or Tele Atlas, they are not better at map compilation. I think both sides of the equation are necessary, but not equal, parts of the map compilation process.

    As an aside, I think I recently read that the CEO of WAZE indicated they did not use OSM because of map licensing issues, and not because they think they needed to own the map base.