6 posts • joined Friday 9th July 2010 14:47 GMT
Nice idea but...
I find the O device a bit frustrating because you are often looking at an artwork and want to know something about it. You press the button to determine your location and then need to scroll through a list of nearby artworks and try to see if the photos on the device matches what you are looking at. Sometimes the location isn't detected correctly.
If we really must give up on wall plaques then I would prefer something where you can just scan (eg via a barcode) the artwork you are looking at so it goes straight to the info. After a while I just get a sore neck from looking down at the device and look around without information instead...
Would have been nice to see some mention of "Open Data" in their information sheet. I would like to see open licensing as part of the plan so that data can be re-published on projects like Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap or any anything else someone might want to create.
Outreach is actually an important part of the site. For example the state governments of SA and WA still want to *charge* for their state electoral boundary GIS data and have restrictive licensing whereas the Qld government release their data free of charge with a Creative Commons license.
Some agencies still need to be convinced about the benefits of open data and we need people to do it.
They are virtually one company already
Nothing much will change. Austar uses Foxtel's satellites already and they don't compete in the same regions (Austar regional, Foxtel metro). So there is very little competition already.
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