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Anders Sundnes Løvlie’s blog about locative media, computer games and electronic text

Google maps news reader

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Here at Where 2.0 in San Francisco, Google just announced a bunch of cool new stuff in Google maps. Most interesting to me, they have made a news reader for Google maps – allowing people to read the news by location. Very cool. Looks like they took a lesson from everyblock?

By the way, sorry for being away for so long – I’m trying to make up for it now with some live-blogging. :p

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 21:41

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Bjørvika 3D in Aftenposten

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The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten Aften (Oslo) today has a story about my Google Earth experiment, making available 3D models of a controversial urban renewal project (“Fjordbyen” in Bjørvika, Oslo) for view in Google Earth. Norwegian only and paper edition only, but hey, they have more readers than this blog, I think. Follow the link to view the models.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 14:42

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Bjørvika in Google Earth

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As a part of my experiments in the use of locationbased information in fostering public discourse, I have taken the initiative to make available 3D Google Earth models of the competing plans for the urban renewal project in Bjørvika, Oslo.

The project is planned to be the largest urban renewal of the city in nearly 400 years, and is much debated. In particular the so-called “barcode” project, a series of relatively tall buildings along the seafront, is the focus of much controversy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 12:40

Google ghost road

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Have you ever tried to use your gps or another map service on a road which has recently been affected by construction work? If you have, I guess you know the sneaking suspicion that I sometimes have, that the ghost of Douglas Adams has been reincarnated in my GPS.

Apparently Google maps have decided to do something about the time it takes for their maps to get updated with changes in the roads. At least I just noticed that if you ask for directions from my dear home town Volda to the islands right west of it, google will instruct you to take that brand new road through the deepest undersea tunnel in the world, the Eiksund tunnel. My heart is bursting with patriotic pride! The thing is just that the tunnel doesn’t exist yet.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 14:21

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Origo

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I just joined this new social networking site, origo.no. It’s made my bengler (the guys who made underskog.no) in comparison with A-pressen, one of Norway’s three largest media corporations and owner of a large number of small and regional newspapers. The idea, as far as i understand it, is to utilize local resources to build an online network around local communities. Of course Google maps and lots of cool location-based technology abound.

The site is still under development, but it’s open for signing up and exploring. So far it looks quite neat. Norwegian only, though.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 12:45

Norway open

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This just in (well ok, I’ve been on holidays for two weeks): The Norwegian government just decided that all online public information must be accessible through open standards – mainly html, pdf and odf. This applies to all levels of government, which have until Jan 1. 2009 to comply.

Most beautiful of all, they have until 2014 to – hold on – reformat old documents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, January 7, 2008 at 13:19

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Black, white and blue

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I just read a disturbing story in my good old friend Dagsavisen. Maybe this was naïve of me, but I just never thought of it before: What happens if you call a Norwegian police officer a racist, to his/her face? Surprise surprise: You’ll end up in court. According to an evaluation from the government prosecutor, “racist” is ranked above (i.e. gives a stronger punishment than) good old Norse classics like “hestkuk” (horse dick) and “drittsekk” (bastard). (Commonly used terms in the colourfull north, which last week gave a 17-year old from Senja 60 days of civil labour.)

Trust me, I have no problem seeing the entertainment value in this, and I really hope I’ll be able to get hold of a t-shirt with a black horse penis on it before I go down to the police station to renew my passport. In the shape of a rebus, I think – or would that be too subtle? Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, January 7, 2008 at 11:42

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