Dutch developers created a stir with their web site “Please Rob Me” that uses information gleaned from the popular online game Foursquare to determine when people aren’t home and to post that information. Foursquare is a game that has users check-in online with their mobile phones to locations they are currently at, which allows others to also know where there aren’t (notably not at home). The site was developed to prove how dangerous it is to share your personal information online.
ESRI released a press release this week announcing its relationship with Amazon Web Services which quoted Jack Dangermond, “ArcGIS provides a standards-based platform for spatial analysis, data management, and mapping. Making ArcGIS available via cloud computing will give customers a secure, scalable, and easy-to-deploy Web option for enterprise data visualization and geospatial analytics.”
James Fee has launched a discussion entitled “Let’s Save Metadata“. Unfortunately, metadata mostly gets the short end of the stick by many people developing GIS data. Yet, it’s an important companion to your datasets, particularly when you need to know how accurate, precise, current, or complete a dataset is, or what projection it is in.