June 9, 2011

Waze and Foursquare

Posted by josediacono @ 7:06 pm under Uncategorized

Are they games, community services, social media or all three? I’d heard of Waze and Foursquare from my social media guru friend Yvonne Thompson but havn’t used them. While browsing on the where 2.0 conference website I found two great videos

http://where2conf.com/where2011/public/schedule/detail/17800 how to motivate the crowd to source navigation and traffic data

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpTDGeLiFnc&feature=player_embedded#at=11 interview with foursquare founder

They are a real eye opener on the creativity and drive of these incredibly young looking location aware entrepreneurs.

More interesting chat about where 2.o on Maurice Van der Vlugt’s blog

November 26, 2010

Spatial speed networking with free beer

Posted by josediacono @ 10:40 am under Uncategorized

I went to a spatial speed networking evening last night in Sydney (my daughter reckons it was speed dating but the ratio of males to females wouldn’t have worked too well!). It was very enjoyable. About 30 people in a private bar area in the CBD 6-8pm, we sat 3-4 at a table for 7 minutes and introduced ourselves and chatted, then a bell rang and we all swapped. After about 5 swaps we just mingled and ate finger food. Met interesting people from surveying (it was co-hosted by BOSSI the Board of Surveying and Spatial information http://www.bossi.nsw.gov.au/ and SSSI but you didn’t have to be affiliated to any association to attend), utilities, students, consulting engineers, developers, people looking for jobs and Wendy Chapman (former publisher of Position) who is back in town after a long holiday. It was a chance to ask people how they use (or don’t use) social media for my upcoming article in Position magazine.

It was free and a nice opportunity to see all christmas lights in Martin Place. I hope we will have more. Thanks to Heidi Brown for organising it.

October 21, 2010

the perils of geolocation with social media

Posted by josediacono @ 8:40 am under Uncategorized

Radio National’s Futuretense show this morning. podcast How social networking like foursquare and twitter is using geolocation – the upside means you can find out if friends and colleagues are close by to catch up with them or find out what interesting places are close by if you have a few minutes to kill, but the downside is that if you enable geolocating and forget about it, you can be revealing your location inadvertently to the world. Interesting take on terminology, ‘geolocating’ sounds ok, but ‘geotracking’ sounds sinister.  Interviews with social media experts and a lawyer (who is actually very enthusiastic about sharing his location.

Website in Holland ‘pleaserobme.com’ Raising awareness about oversharing. Shows how the devious could stalk you or identify when your house is empty to rob me. The gist of the program is “it has huge benefits, but use it wisely”.

October 15, 2010

spatial@gov news

Posted by josediacono @ 9:17 pm under Uncategorized

Wow, Maurits and my presentations have been viewed 84 times each now. That is pretty good going.  No comment yet though. All the presentations have been uploaded to a private page on slideshare for the eyes of conference delegates only. This is a bit frustrating since speakers were urged to publish their presentations under creative commons (most did).  But because some speakers didn’t want to, now none of the them are being shared freely. I would urge speakers who want to share their presentations more widely to upload them to slideshare themselves and put spatial@gov in the title so they are easy to find.

Welcome news. OSDM are looking into a blog for spatial@gov.

October 11, 2010

spatial@gov and social media

Posted by josediacono @ 9:30 pm under Uncategorized

Having urged the organisers to enable ongoing discussion and collaboration in the spirit of government 2.0 I offered my services to assist – followed up with Ben Searle today. Ben will look into slideshare for sharing presentations – this would allow discussion and comment on specific presentations. Maurits v/d Vlugt and I have uploaded ours already – has anyone else? (Search slideshare for spatial@gov). Ben is also looking at what sort of forum/wiki his current platform with support so watch this space. Maurits was blogging very eloquently last week so until we have a general forum do comment on our blogs.

spatial@gov snippets

Posted by josediacono @ 8:46 pm under Uncategorized

Peter Kinne and I share maps on the touchy feely Surface

Back on deck after a huge week at what must have been the largest national spatial conference ever held in Australia (FIG was bigger but that was international).  The government 2.0 sessions threw up some very interesting papers. Check out Maurits vd Vlugt’s presentation and blog I got some very positive feedback on Mashup Competitions and Data Portals, especially from those who found it refreshingly untechnical.  Memorable things for me were playing with the Microsoft Surface  on the Geomatic Technologies stand, Neat Streets (a production equivalent of itsbuggeredmate)  and Colin McDonald, the head of Land information New Zealand on the aftermath of the New Zealand earthquake (3 metre land shifts in all directions).

While in past years, we have bemoaned the fact that “outsiders” didn’t understand the power of spatial, they are now throwing down the gauntlet, telling us clearly what they want.

Outsiders are starting to throw down the gauntlet to the spatial industry

Michael Haines of Westgate Ports wants a Virtual Australia, starting with the Port of Melbourne (shades of James Bangay and his SIM city model of the power network). Barry Sandison of Centrelink has phenomenal amounts of data that his staff only use a tiny part of. He said  “Tell me something I didn’t know” rather than confirming what policy advisers and case workers already know. Sounds like the serendipity of mashups to me. “Data snobs” are inhibiting the flow of information.