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Friday, March 24, 2006

While I studied geography, I got into GIS via CAD. And, I got into writing via CAD too. So, I follow a few of the top CAD blogs, which you see me mention here now and again (World CAD Access and AECNews.com in particular).

There’s another to add to the list: Roopinder Tara of Tenlinks just launched CAD Insider.  Tara edited Cadence back in the day and guided me through my first few published articles. Later, he founded TenLinks, and I joined him there, in the early days of the Web. We launched GIS Monitor in 2000. Even then, I bugged him to write more. There’s already some good stuff in the blog; check it out.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

As reported here March 2, a status message from FGDC notes that “The primary NSDI Clearinghouse Search Gateway operated at the USGS EROS Data Center is down. Alternate search Gateways are available at: http://fgdc.ftw.nrcs.usda.gov/gateways.html

The plan was to have the main up by the week of March 13. The main site still reports: “The item you requested does not exist on this server or cannot be served.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In its latest newsletter Bentley announced support for WMS.

The Open Geospatial Consortium’s Web Map Service (WMS) is a standard that allows a client application to display overlaid map images served from multiple services on the Internet. Bentley is making some of our products compliant with the WMS 1.1.1 standard.

The next release of Geo Web Publisher, due in May, can behave as a WMS server. With this version of Geo Web Publisher, you could publish data such as DGN files, GeoGraphics projects, and Oracle Spatial layers to a WMS client.

In the following release of Geo Web Publisher, Geo Web Publisher will also be able to act as a WMS client. This means that you will be able, for example, to define a map on the server that would have different layers coming from different data sources such as DGN files, MicroStation GeoGraphics projects, Oracle Spatial and other WMS servers. The map could then be published by Geo Web Publisher to a WMS client.

Also, we plan to have MicroStation Geospatial Extension be a WMS client. This functionality will be available later in 2006. With this capability, you could use MicroStation to display a layer of information coming from a WMS server.

For those who are confused (I was) Bentley will drop Geographics at XM in favor of the Geospatial Extension.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Loki is the name of Skyhook Wireless’ free software that takes advantage of the company’s Wi-Fi maps to provide navigation in 100 cities in the U.S. The company is Boston-based, so local favorite tech writer Hiawatha Bray, covered the give away in the Boston Globe.

Chief exective Ted Morgan is right on target: ‘‘As a user, you don’t care whether it’s coming from satellite or WiFi. You just want the best possible location.” Skyhook does have a sense of humor; on its “how does it work page” it notes: “Gosh, we really ARE making the web all about you, aren’t we? Makes our Moms pretty darned proud.”

BTW, it was my Mom (and Dad) who passed on this tip! Also, BTW, Loki is the Norse God of deception, trickery, also the name of a cat I once knew.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 12:06 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The General Services Administration (GSA) will put out requests for information (RFIs) and hold industry days a new line of business (LOB) geospatial come April. There will also be opportunities in IT infrastructure and budget formulation. The RFIs will appear early in the month, with industry days, hosted in the DC area, to follow on April 18 and 19.

via GCN

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 07:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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