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Monday, February 13, 2006

In reviewing the coverage of the opening ceremonies last Friday, AP writer David Bauder, made this estute overservation regarding NBC’s choice of using the Italian name for the host city.

WHERE’S ROMA?: We’d almost gotten used to NBC’s decision to use the Italian version of “Turin” throughout its coverage until they drew attention to it by showing a map of Italy with “Rome,” “Florence” and “Torino.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The poll on reading reveals that ESRI Press and O’Reilly are likely to be selling some books in the coming months. Of the 83 voters, 33% plan to read about ArcSomething next, 31% will tackle Google Local/Earth, and 10% will study general Web/desktop mapping. 9% don’t read books, while 8% will explore GIS project management, 5% location based services, and 4% MapPoint Web Services.

Up next: your experience with online geospatial education. Vote on the right side of the main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Directions Media is aiding in a study by a graduate student, Eric Ma, at New York University, SCPS,  Management and Systems Graduate Program as part of the requirements for the Masters degree. He invites you to take part in a research study about the development and use of best practices and information technologies in businesses. The study deals specifically with the effectiveness of integrated geospatial data across GIS and enterprise-wide systems on strategic decision-making. Directions Magazine will publish his results in April.

by Joe Francica on 02/13 at 05:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, February 10, 2006

After the MapServer Technical Committee passed a Request for Comment on the matter, it was put to a vote of the wider community that ended today. The results: 74 in favor, 1 opposed.

The MapServer Project will now move to join the OSGeo, with the interm Foundation board figuring out as it goes, how do to that. Says Steve Lime in his post of the news, “To be sure, it will involve combing over the MapServer codebase to address any potential intellectual property or copyright issues.” There’s much discussion of that and other matters on Foundation discussion thread. If you are interested, that’s the place to hang out.

Another tidbit: the OSGeo website is up and running.

And, finally, Directions Magazine‘s open source columnist, Kevin Flanders, weighs in on the meeting in article titled, “A Meeting of the Minds.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/10 at 03:54 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

IMO, short for independant mobile, is a new store coming to a mall outside of Boston. It sells all the different cell phones and plans. The hook? The ability to compare them all, and buy them all, in a single place. One of the draws is a map.

[The store has] created a computerized map detailing coverage areas down to the street. The company says its workers drove 5,500 miles testing phones along the way to pinpoint dead spots.

That’s certainly a level of service beyond any cell phone store/carrier I’ve ever seen. Most instructive: the store figures if you are buying a cell phone around Boston, knowledge of dead spots locally will be very important. It’s all about local…geography still matters!

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/10 at 07:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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