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Web 2.0 has demonstrated the power of user-generated content, personalization, and mobilization. The fear that the Internet would create a web of anonymity has proven false as users primarily use web sites and services to meet new friends and access social groups.
Similarly, we are just now seeing that the Web also didn’t abolish the importance of location and proximity. Users are using services to find local business and friends to meet up with. They are finding serendipity through advanced geographic recommendation services.
This session will discuss the current evolution of Where 2.0 and how it is affecting the entire landscape of Web 2.0 and next generation applications. Open standards such as GeoRSS, KML, and Microformats provide a huge wealth of information for mashups and applications, and libraries such as Mapstraction can be used for cartographic visualization. To illustrate the power of these tools we’ll talk about some interesting GeoHacks that have pushed the boundaries of geospatial applications.
We will also look forward to the future of location-enabled applications and services that developers can utilize today to provide users with better contextualized and localized information. Mobile sensors, augmented and immersive reality, and geo-games are just a few of the next generation Where 2.0 domains.
Andrew is co-Founder of Mapufacture, where he works developing open-standards and building tools to make it easy for people to create customized maps using complex geospatial tools. He also actively participates in the open-source community and develops several mapping tools such as Mapstraction and GeoPress.
Prior to starting Mapufacture, Andrew developed high-fidelity realtime vehicle simulation software at Realtime Technologies and designed spacecraft algorithms and sensor systems at EADS Astrium.
Andrew wrote the O’Reilly shortcut “Introduction to Neogeography” and “Trends in Where2.0” business report in Spring 2008. He is also published in MacTech and Make magazine on his home-automation hacking.
Mikel is co-Founder of Mapufacture, and specializes in Open Geospatial and Wiki technologies. He’s been active in the standardization of GeoRSS and in the OpenStreetMap collaborative mapping project, and several open source projects. He’s developed two of the first Wikis in use at the UN. Previously, Mikel worked as senior developer of My Yahoo! and researched evolutionary models of ecosystems for an MSc at the University of Sussex.