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Geo-enabled life...

Does everybody need to know where I am at? Do I want that? No clue but time for a self-experiment.

I just signed up for plazes, a website that lets you create locations, that are tracked by your network name, so everybody can see when you are logged on from home, the office, or out of the country - basically whereever you go online and create a plaze.

Don't know what to think about it yet...

Webmonday in Berlin

Just got back from webmonday, quite an interesting gathering including plenty of geek talk. Two things that I found pretty interesting:

The Web2.0 cloud from Markus Angermeier, that is annotated with links to the latest and greatest Web2.0 applications

and an application called plazes, that is on the first sight hard to get, but has a lot of potential, for the geospatially enabled lifestyle. And of course that everybody has a different perception of the so-called Web2.0

Automated Image Maps in Google Maps

Making everybody familiar with a project site is an important step for your public participation project. Especially in online discourses not everybody will be able to explore the acutal site.

Google maps is a great way to display site photography on top of an aerial or map. Robogeo is a great intuitive and inexpensive tool, that let's you georeference your pictures and exports to Google Maps and even Google Earth.

Here is a simple map, that I created from pictures that I took during a trip to Orlando. I used the tracklog of my GPS device to sync the timestemps and get the location, where each picture was taken. The last step of creating the map is totally automated too. I created these examples - Google Maps / Google Earth - in less than half an hour, it's that easy.

Think about how it even enables us to do Asset or Community Mapping in a totally new way, by using digital cameras with GPS devices.

Picola online deliberation

Robert Cavalier, whom I met at the Ohio eDemocracy workshop, and his team now have a website online, presenting their online deliberation tool called Picola.


Started my collaboration with Zebralog today, and this is my new view on Berlin...


Since we are heading towards the second internet boost, time for new events to gather with other web2.0 people. Webmonday is an open door event for all peopleinterested in internet topics, especially web2.0. and maybean event to meet and talk to people whose blog you read often maybe,but never met in reality before. Curious to see what others do and get some inspirations.

What can soccer teach us about eparticipation?

And once again the business people take a lead in what I imagine could be one of the next big things for eparticipation. Adidas Australia has put together a neat application that takes visitors for a survey around the world in Google Earth, asking them soccer questions about specific locations.

The Australian division of Adidas has put together a slickadvertising promotion of their participation in the 2006 World CupFootball competition. The winner of a game, which uses Google Earth forits interface, gets a 2006 Adidas World Cup football signed by HarryKewell.

To load the game, simply go to this Adidas page(which uses Flash) and start up the game there. It will load a GoogleEarth file which will start the game. From the Adidas page: "The gameis based on answering trivia questions of ten adidas-sponsored players.Each player is assigned 1 x 'who am I' question and 2 x 'trivia'questions with 4 possible answers each. Each question is geographicallybased. As a question is presented, the Google Earth globe spins to therelevant geographical location on the earth. This serves as a hint tothe answer."

Why don't we take advantage of this great technology, add a third dimension by taking advantage of this great sketchup plugin, and ask our audience or let them deliberate about the latest design options, masterplans, etc. ?

In my eyes GE is that valuable for public participation around planning issues, because it brings together the deliberative dimension of forums and other online tools that already exist and adds the spatial dimension (latitude and longitude) to the discussion, as well as the third dimension (3D Visualization) all in one application, and is still intuitive to use.

Check out this mockup I created to visualize what I am talking about.

Tubing in Google Earth

Inspired by the guys at lean back vids I wanted to try using Google Earth to set the stage in a video too. Here are the results, tubing at the PlaceMatters Holiday party in Winterpark captured on video.

Merry Christmas

Good thing Santa is carrying a GPS this year, so we can finally solve the question how he makes it around the world just in time every christmas...

A website called Travel by GPS has a web page dedicated to Tracking Santa, showing how he passes over 529 cities from midnight to midnight in one contiguous path.So, get in the Christmas spirit and download Santa's Route in Google Earth. You can click on the "Points" folder after itdownloads and click on "Play Tour" to fly the entire path if you want.

Merry Christmas!

Move to Joomla

I just found some time to upgrade my old Mambo based website to Joomla and am very impressed. Joomla is easier to use, less bugs, very convenient, great wysiwyg editor, all in all a great piece of open source software. Guess the move they made was the right step forward.

For those who don't know the story, there was a lot of uncertainty about the futureof the Content Management System Mambo over the past months. Finallythe Developers now left Mambo and started Joomla.

As this article in eWeekpoints out, "the original owners [Miro], wanted to regain control ofthe project. The developers, realizing that they were being cut out ofexecutive management, decided to take the code and run

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