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Monday, March 13, 2006

We asked about which spring conference you’d attend, if you could only go to one. The results from 43 respondents were:

A vendor specific one - 12%
CTIA - 2%
GITA - 12%
Location Intelligence - 9%
Mix06 - 5%
Where 2.0 - 60%

Next up: The rule these days seems to be that once you offer an open API, or an open source product, you hold a contest. (Microsoft, MapQuest, and Autodesk are currently running such promotional events. Will you participate? Vote on our main page, lower right side.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, March 10, 2006

At the AAG meeting in Chicago ESRI’s David Maguire enlightened the world on the definition of Geographic Exploration Systems and explored ArcGIS Explorer as a case study.

For the curious:

GES are a new breed of GIS that focus on the exploitation of geographic information and utilize a services-oriented architecture. They are user-centric, fun and easy to use.

Ok, so that’s quite a bit different from other definitions I dug up a month back.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/10 at 12:51 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Earlier this week we rolled out a new page here at APB. The short story is: We are adding a page that lists links to just “the best” posts from the many geospatial blogs available today. It’s called “Other Points” and can be accessed by a tab on the main menu on the top of home page or via the “Other Points” link at top right.

The logic behind it is described in this article at Directions Magazine. As always, we want your feedback, positive or negative. Note the new Suggestions button just above the latest blog post.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/10 at 09:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Udpate 3/10 - Gail Norton just resigned.

On Wednesday Missouri Representative Jo Ann Emerson continued her efforts on behalf of the USGS Mapping Center in Rolla. Instead of enquiring about the process that has lead to the Rolla center being closed and consolidation in Denver, Emerson questioned whether the USGS could in fact get its work done in Denver.

My chief concern at this point in the process is that USGS does not seem to be equipped to continue its mapping functions in full once operations cease at the Rolla arm of the mission.

  She went on to list “functions support vital earthquake preparedness and response plans along the New Madrid Fault, which DHS has said is their number two priority for domestic natural disaster preparedness in the nation” as one area of concern. She asked Norton to “explore the option of, instead of closing the Rolla MidContinent Mapping Center, defining a ‘virtual,’ consolidated National Geospatial Technical Center of Operations” which she offered as as cost effective compromise. Norton will comment by week’s end.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/10 at 09:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Inquirer (UK) has picked up on Intergraph’s choice of Colin Powell to speak at its user even this spring. It notes some of his requirements for speaking:

A report last month in The Times suggested that Powell proposes a stiff £75,000 per personal appearance, plus riders that would make a heavy-metal band jealous.

Powell’s requests include a “Lear 60 or larger” private jet to get to his destination, a “wooden (not Plexiglas) lectern” from which to speak and various other demands regarding autographs, photo-ops and the like.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/10 at 08:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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