Tuesday, January 03, 2006

New Sense of Place - The Geospatial Web

Now here's an NPR Boston Talk Show that fits nicely into my Wheel House!

"Just a decade after it became ubiquitous, the World Wide Web has made us blase about information. We assume we can learn almost everything about almost anything at the touch of a PC keyboard. But the digital revolution is hardly over.

Now, the digital realm is exploding into the physical world. They call it the "geo-spatial web." Already it means online maps loaded with information about the physical world, and someday soon, that physical world itself will be tagged and teeming with data for the asking: What is that building? Where is my dog? Who is that man?

The implications are huge, exciting, and scary and the result will be a world alive with information.

Hear about the ambitions and implications of the "geospatial web."

-- with NPR Boston "OnPoint" host Tom Ashbrook.

My observations on the segment:
* Guest Mike Liebhold (Senior Researcher: IFTF) does a great job explaining the Geospatial web.
* Host Tom Ashbrook tries to conjure up scary privacy scenarios but this is basically a non-issue.
* callers to the show are incredibly savvy about the GeoWeb!
* Lots of talk about flickr and Dodgeball.
* Mike Liebhold explains/addresses privacy issues really well.
* Good call from a commercial Truck Driver.
* Guest Peter Morville (author of "Ambient Findability") briefly discusses "open realms" vs. Teleco walled gardens.
* Mike Liebhold talks about cell devices with WiFi and vice versa :-)

Link to WBUR NPR-Boston's "OnPoint" Radio show web page with Real Audio and Windows Media streams and here's a link to a 42MB MP3 file you can download and toss on your iPod or MP3 player.