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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

Volda is on the map! (Oh, and Ørsta as well)

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Happy new year! I’m back from a lengthy holiday back west where I come from – Volda, center of my universe. Oh Volda, dear Volda, this time you weren’t so gentle with me; caught the vomiting virus and literally emptied my stomach into the great white open. (Ever tried vomiting nothing for half a day? Not nice, I tell you.) I lost five kilos in a moment, but thanks to my mother in law’s Spanish cooking they came back on in a day or two upon arrival in Madrid (that other center of the universe).

Now this lovely introduction was just to let the world know that in between all the stomach activities I managed to officially put Volda on the map. The Open Street Map, that is. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, January 7, 2008 at 10:06

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Here.now

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The Norwegian location-based service her.no (English: here.now) is currently advertising online with an animation of a close-dancing couple, and the headline: “Is your partner cheating on you?” Using their buddy-finder service you can discover if, for instance, your partner is on the same location as your best friend, when they both told you they’d be somewhere else. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 11:05

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Lost in navigation

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I just read a kind of cute, kind of sad story. Ever heard of the English villages of Wedmore and Barrow Gurney? Me neither. But more and more stranded truckers are becoming involuntarily familiar with these villages’ narrow streats, through which it apparently is more or less impossible to bring a large, heavy vehicle.

So why is Barrow Gurney, a village to small to have a sidewalk, home to 15,000 dead-ended trucks a day? You said it – GPS navigation systems. For some reason the GPS manufacturers are not able to correct the inaccuracies in their system that tells the truck drivers that these villages are a good shortcut to Bristol Airport. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 17:00