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29 May 2012

Best of the Blogs May 2012

Spatial Source's favourite blog entries this week:

GIS Lounge has a beautiful post that talks of the way that maps have provided inspiration for artworks beyond just cartography.

IT News have a post that calls into question the accuracy of PSMA’s G-NAF data, claiming that inaccuracies in multi-dwelling units has slowed down progress of the NBN, and required NBN Co to invest in new systems to overcome the inaccuracies. Controversial stuff.

CeBIT ran in Sydney last week, and had a large GeoSpatial presence. In case you missed it, the NSW Government have created a mini site that shows the various spatial projects and ideas that were on show.

Directions Magazine has a post entitled “Towards a global licensing framework for geospatial data”. It’s an interesting topic. To quote: “Is it time for a global licensing framework for geospatial data? The GSDI Legal and Economic Working group thinks so and offered a presentation and a way forward at the GSDI 13 conference held in Quebec City in May. The effort aims to harmonize existing licensing without changing fundamental access policies and funding models and be compatible with the diferences in national legal systems. That's a tall order, but an important one as the world moves toward geodata sharing.”

The State Library of NSW has released (online) a collection of maps created by Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell – Surveyor General of NSW from 1828-1855. The maps are often very beautiful, and even contain roads that are still in use today. Well worth a look.

GIS User has a post that talks of some map sellers using QR codes (those little square ‘barcodes’ that you scan with your mobile phone) to sell map products, and lists some ways that you could use QR codes to help your sales.

VentureBeat has the skinny on Trimble’s latest acquisition: Spime, which specialises in GPS software platforms for use by smartphone app developers. More evidence of the growing importance of mobile location-based services?

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