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Friday, March 10, 2006

The assistant to the mayor of Madison Alabama (I believe parts of Intergraph are based there) speaks about potential additions to the new city website:

GPS interactive mapping is one interest that has been expressed. That way residents could type in their address and see where nearby parks are located, where their polling place is, who their city council representative is, and much more.

Someone at Intergraph want to explain how GPS works to these folks?

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/10 at 07:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Google’s recent stock tumble had Computing (UK) talking about the company’s efforts to grow business use of all its products, including, says the author, “looking at Google Earth for businesses, giving companies access to its online mapping system.”

Roberto Solimene, Google Enterprise director for Europe, put that in perspective:

Some 70 to 80 per cent of investment is put into making the search experience better. That means we can spend 30 per cent on other things such as Google Earth, but they are not core to our business.

That’s a key differentiator between the Googles and Microsofts of the world and the ESRIs and MapInfos.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 08:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Mining and construction giant Thiess of Australia admits to having bandwidth challenges (Computerworld), especially for its workers in remote areas of the country. Instead of buying a bigger pipe, the company tries to manage use. For example, it limited music downloads for employees. But, it did not “ban Google Earth” as one company did. Says corporate telecommunications manager Ben Creevey:

Music is one of the biggest demands we have seen at the enterprise level, about 60Gig per month from various radio stations is downloaded, but as soon as we block one site another one comes up. Google earth was also a major hit on the network, but we did not block it because there are business applications for its use.

I’m sure there are corporate uses for Google Earth (I wonder if they are using the commercial version?), but really, folks will use it for other things, no?

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 08:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update 3/10: Per DNA: “The government is planning to approach Internet giant Google and demand the masking of certain high-resolution imageries available on Google Earth, said Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan.”

In the continuing saga over Google Earth providing too much detail for some governements for their part of the world, officials from India shared their plan for censorship (New Kerala):

Government today told the Rajya Sabha that efforts were being made to mask certain areas of high resolution imagery from the Google Earth website that has caused security concerns in the country.

Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan said the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Defence Ministry were in touch with concerned agencies to see if certain areas can be masked from the website.

The short article suggests to me that officials intend to do the masking themselves, and not involve Google. That sounds complicated to me since Google holds the servers and individuals download the clients. Further, I have to believe if officials are successful, someone will post shareable KMZs of the areas of interest.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 08:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Earlier this week I noted that the Office of Management and Budget issued a statement that federal agencies would need to appoint a senior official to oversea geospatial. There are 27 agencies affected, including:

Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of the Interior
Department of Justice Department of Labor
Department of State Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Social Security Administration
Agency for International Development
General Services Administration
National Archives and Records Administration
National Science Foundation
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Personnel Management
Small Business Administration
Smithsonian Institution
Tennessee Valley Authority

The whole memo is online (pdf). Some of these organizations already have such an idividual (EPA has a GIO, for example) but others do not.

Via Fednews

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 08:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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