Location awareness is often considered in terms of mobility, and there are some interesting examples of mobility-based services. There is an international workshop about mobility in government in Stockholm these days, and I look forward to hearing what comes up there (I won’t go there myself, but will publish whatever comes up since it’s a GOL-IN-activity).
But location aware devices are going to affect ‘stationary’ communities too. Street Servers, an outline of an open source networked neigbourhood, is about interfaces to real spaces and local communities. The idea is to move away from the idea of intelligent buildings and towards the idea of social interfaces to local spaces. GeoURL made us bloggers put geographical information on our blogs (see sidebar), and I’m sure there’s much more to come in that direction.
It gives new hope for localised discussions, which is a hard business. UK-based UpMyStreet – The real-life guide to your neighbourhood, which is up for sale (also Register, Guardian). I have, not being based in the UK, never actually used UpMyStreet, but am sympathetic to the concept.