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

Google Maps and Privacy Issues

Well, talking about privacy issues on the internet is one thing, being able to see your bosses contribution to John Kerry a good, but different one. Spatial applications on the web are huge, but this scares the heck out of me. Straight from DirectionsMag.com:

    Mathew Kane, a doctoral student in the Indiana University School of Informatics, has generated an interesting Google mashup.

    He extracted publicly available donor information from the non-profit Fundrace Project, an "online resource that details and maps donors' information derived from records on file with the Federal Election Commission from the 2004 elections," and made it mappable at the individual donor level.

    The point of the project (press release here)was to expose data that people consider private, but is actually partof the public record. All you have to do is key in a ZIP Code andyou'll get a map showing those who donated there. Click on a pin andyou'll get the donor's name, address, amount given, and to which 2004presidential candidate.


This is my last day at PlaceMatters.com, which is now the tools program of the Orton Family Foundation, while I am heading back to Germany on Sunday. Sounds like a good day to start blogging...

Orton Virtual Visit

I recently visualized Ortons projects in 2005, some of which I have been involved in, through Google Earth:

Technologically speaking, Google Earth may be one of the best recent examples of "innovation in place" available in the public domain. Described as "a 3D interface to the planet," Google Earth provides a powerful interactive platform for exploring and understanding the places where we live.

Taking advantage of this new, free technology, we have set up the Orton Virtual Visit within Google Earth to allow you to "fly" from project site to project site, view from above their topography and land use patterns and simultaneously access related project information from our website. We believe this feature provides a unique perspective on the nature and scale of today's land use challenges. And besides, it's a lot of fun.

In my eyes a great way to present work with a spatial dimension.
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