If consumers think of geodata as a commodity, what does that say for its future? What are the key data relationships? And what, if anything, will differentiate one offering from another? Our editors ponder these questions in light of evidence that consumers know and care little about who makes, manages and updates basemaps.
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Tatham on Twitter Where’s Tatham? http://tath.am/where (source code) W3C Geolocation API http://dev.w3.org/geo/api/spec-source.html IETF Geographic Location/Privacy http://datatracker.ietf.org/wg/geopriv/charter/ Ryan Sarver http://sarver.org/
Developers and applications have challenges matching the same location between data sources and sharing a location between applications. Why? In this panel, we’ll look at the pros, cons, and challenges of using proprietary, open source, and/or community-built data sets; why there won’t be one location database to rule them all; ways we can all work together to make sure your place is my place when our applications talk to each other; and why all of this is important.