Best of the Blogs 26 February 2013

By on 26 February, 2013
The smartphone-powered satellite.

The smartphone-powered satellite.

Ed Parsons has a piece talking of a satellite that was launched this week, designed and tested in just three months, weighs 4.3KG, and is powered by Google’s Nexus One smartphone. A new era has begun.

The Verge has a piece on a London student who recently showed off the first prototypes for an open source alternative to GPS, which uses seismic waves created by local industry to determine its location. An interesting concept, I must say.

The ABC’s Radio Australia have published a podcast of a recent broadcast that outlines a surveying project that will map the topography of Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Samoa to plan for rising sea levels.

The Moscow Times tells of the first GLONASS monitoring station to launch outside of Russia. Launched on Feb 19, the station is located in the capital of Brazil, Brasília, and will significantly improve the accuracy of GLONASS signals in the western hemisphere.

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network have a piece from its recent TERN symposium dinner that talks of the benefits of opening up public data under permissive licensing, according to Alan Noble, the Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand.

On a similar note, the All Points Blog has a piece by Tim de Troye from the State of South Carolina that describes a few of the things to consider when licensing spatial data.

Continuing on this note, O’Reilly Radar interviews Harvey Lewis, the research director for the analytics department of Deloitte U.K, who talks of open data, its benefits, and how it applies and benefits both government and the private sectors.

Gigaom talks about the recent announcement from Nokia at Mobile World Conference, that it will open up its Here mapping platform to other platforms and third-party developers – including how it will fit into the upcoming ‘glass’ revolution – where smartphones will move from the hand, to the head, with augmented reality overlays across the eyes.

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