In mid-March Twitter rolled out the second part of its geolocation functionality. Now in addition to being available for developers via its API, users could share location information from the twitter.com website. That's when the world learned that Twitter had tapped geodata company Maponics to provide the "place" information for those tweets. On March 24 Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg spoke to Maponics CEO Darrin Clement about the value of context in locaiton-based services, how Maponics was working with Twitter, the state of geographic basemaps and the potential uses of real-time geodata.
At the Creating the Policy and Legal Framework for a Location-enabled Society conference in Boston, Kirk Goldsberry, who is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard, gave a fascinatng presentation with the help of two of his students on the topic of personal geographic data and privacy. Geoff Zeiss provides a recap.