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Friday, February 24, 2006

The Red and Black, the school paper of the University (and also the name of my high school paper) reports on the formation of a geography club at the school. It’s still getting up and running but will involve “the community and common interests such as camping and academic bowls.”

Another perk: T-shirts emblazoned with “Better than the Math Club.”

Such organizations (grad or undergrad) foster community in geography departments. At Penn State, if I recall correctly, the grad students were the WizDogs (for Wilbur Ichabod Zelinsky, head when they were named) and the undergrads were proudly, the Underdogs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 07:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A press release yesterday revealed that long time ESRI partner Miner and Miner, which had sold 70% of its ownership to Televent in December of 2004, has since sold its remaining shares. Televent describes itself as a “Global RealTime IT Company.”

Off the top of my head, it seems GIS companies (third party or otherwise) in utilities are the best bet for acquisition. I’m thinking of this one, Smallworld, and Vertical Mapper (communications).

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 07:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Redding, CT actually reduced its GIS budget - by cutting data layers. The initial request was for $106,492 was cut by $30,500. How?

It was decided that storm water management mapping is not need for the entire town, only for Georgetown, and the selectmen decided to defer adding snowplow routes. Still in the update is money for zoning and wetlands mapping and land use for a town plan update. Support and maintenance of the system remain as well.

The selectmen added $15,000 to help cover the cost of buying the maps that will result from an SNET/SBC flyover of the town and $3,000 to provide Internet access speed for other buildings besides town hall to use the GIS.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 07:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An article in the People’s Daily (from Xinhau news service) provides the details on the country’s GIS. Of particular interest are the attempt to make the database accessible and the size of the GIS business community.

Another official with the bureau [State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping ], Li Weisen, told the press conference that as supervisor of surveying and mapping, the bureau will try its best to make the database available to all while taking security into consideration.

China has more than 8,000 companies engaged in a geographic information system (GIS). Its GIS industry has been growing rapidly in the country, especially in recent years as high-technology has become more widely used. Li predicted that the industry would gain a stronger momentum of growth in the next three to five years.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 07:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Lots of blogs are pushing registration opening for what some call “the most talked about conference of last year.” If I had a magic wand I’d to go to Mix06 next month. Never heard of it? Says Virtual Earth blog:

There’s been a lot of talk about the session featuring Bill Gates and Tim O’Reilly, but I think I’m most interested in Scott Isaacs talk from the trenches on building the Live.com framework. 

It’s a Microsoft event, but frankly seems to address many of issues we in the mapping world face:

How can I extend my content and services into the living room?
How can I protect my users from phishers and pharmers?
How can I develop and debug AJAX applications quickly and efficiently?
How can I effectively monetize RSS?

Oh, we might swap “into the living room” with “into the board room” or “into the enterprise” but essentailly we are all looking to do more with services and figure out how to make money.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/23 at 03:22 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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