mnl at well.com
Mon Apr 28 09:54:22 PDT 2003
Thanks Joshua, for organizing this list. Here, as requested, is an
My name is Mike Liebhold. I've been active with geo services for a
In 1979 I wrote a plan for a bio-regional hyper-atlas. The proposal got
me a job as Director at Atari Research, but we never built the atlas,
before Atari blew up.
From 1984-1994 I lead media research in Apple's ATG ( Advanced
Technology Group) leading a bunch of geo projects including:
- An interactive world map that displayed satellite photos on a mouse
click in the selected region. This eventually became a product released
on laser videodisc, by Optical Data Corp.
-Sponsored lots of cool spatial hypermedia by Gloriana Davenport'
students at The MIT Media Lab, including hyper maps of the Charles River
in Boston/Cambridge, and a hyper map of New Orleans.
- Hypercard extensions that dynamically rendered CIA vector maps - Chris
- A prototype video augmented reality - Ken Doyle
- A navigable movie map of the market place in La Paz Boliva - Ken Doyle
- The Terraform project- a unified global information system iincluding
prospective partnerships with ESRI, SGI, and JPL
- A partnership with Lucasfilm and National Geographic to build spatial
information systems for kids - This project was ultimately comandeered
by marketing types who ended up producing [lame] GTV (geography
television) episodes, instead.
- A mammoth interactive globe for Disney Epcot - with Disney
Imagineering ( way too expensive to actually build)
- A lot of other personal early research on 'spatially persistant
information' which inspired later extended work by Jim Spohrer who
published a great paper at IBM called 'Worldboard'
After Apple, IBM I was hired as Chief Technology Officer at Times
Mirror publishing ( LA Times parent company) involved in a few
interesting geo projects:
- Collaboration with Jeppson Sanderson, a TM company that produces 90%
of the flight maps for all commercial, and civil pilots. Work included
detailed proposal for a prospective collaboration with ESRI.
- A novel Earth information system with artist Ron Cobb at Rocket
Science video games ( a TM investment)
After a couple of years at Netscape, and another couple of years in the
2-way satellite business ( Tachyon), and, then a couple more working on
big network projects in China and India, I have started up again, on a
radical and comprehensive new idea for location based services. I've
presented ideas to Google and Cometa, the IBM, ATT, Intel 802.11
startup. Both were very interested, but way too busy with other stuff
right now to invest any $ or headcount for a 'few months' - so I am
forging ahead anyway. I'm interested in getting to know possible
collaborators, who may be interested in jumping in if/when I get funded.
Meanwhile if no one puts up the $$$ in these grim times, I am
contemplating spilling out all my ideas in a book on 'The Digital Earth,
and the Geospatial Web'. A few people I really respect ( Tom Kalil,
Al Gore's tech advisor, Dave Nagel CEO, Palmsource, and Don Norman, UI
guru, ) have all encouraged me to do the book anyway.
I haven't begun a serious blog yet, but will probably get around to it
shortly- but I've posted few links to favorite geo-related websites on
my very sparse website, www.starhill.us
Here's two essential links for everybody:
http://www.cybergeography.org/ managed by Martin Dodge, Centre for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London,
http://www.digitalearth.org/ - A newish blog of all types of cool geo
'Spatial Spam' is one of my current big worries. It's inevitible, unless
we begin thinking deeply, right now, about appropriate mitigation.
Thanks again to Joshua and Anselm Hook for igniting this community, and
to Tim O'reilly for providing a great forum for geo stuff at the
Emerging Tech conference last week.
mnl at well.com
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