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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Public CIO reports that GOS was one of five winners of “the Industry Advisory Council’s (IAC) Collaboration and Transformation Shared Interest Group (SIG) ...Excellence.Gov awards.” These are given out, this year for the sixth time, to programs “selected for demonstrating best practices in information sharing for federally-led IT program implementations.” There were twenty finalists and five winners.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/16 at 06:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It’s not on the main page of Directions, so I want to highlight this guest editorial by Jo Walsh on the logic behind efforts to open up geodata in Europe.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/16 at 06:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Microsoft informs APB that despite the fact that the company website states the Feb 15 date, and that many respectable media outlets have reported that date, it is in error. Live Local UK will not go live on Feb 15 but in the next few months.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/15 at 05:22 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Several media related happenings in the last few weeks draw my interest.

I actually read (ok, Directions Magazine ran) a press release from a geospatial company that said “we have a new website.” I recall back in the 1990s the Web was so new that such a statement was a big deal. Heck, even geospatial print pubs would print screen shots of homepages. Some I think, still do. But, in 2006, is an updated website news? Clearly the company in question figured it was, as it paid to have the release written and distributed.

Over in the land of “new media” Very Spatial noted last week the signing of its first sponsor, ESRI. That means that in the podcast a short ad appears. If you like you can listen to the ad here. While at least one member of the geospatial community is clearly against such in podcast ads, I have no problem with it. I applaud ESRI for its continued support of independant geospatial media.

In a “media begets media” story, Bentley has put out a press release touting how a leader at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has written an article for its online BE Magazine. The release goes on to basically outline the new issue’s table of conents.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/15 at 03:10 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Declan Butler, who writes for Nature, points out its extensive coverage of virtual globes of all stripes in the latest issue. (All are available without subscription.)

I don’t regularly read Nature, but I love that a real science magazine is taking on the topic instead of the now redundant fawning of much of the mainstream media.

Quote of note:

“Google Earth is just the most fantastic thing I have ever seen,” says Jack Dangermond, founder and president of ESRI, the world’s largest creator of GIS software. ESRI, which is based in Redlands, Virginia, and other GIS companies that were caught napping by Google Earth are now eager to capitalize on its success.

Yeah, yeah ESRI is in Redlands, CA…

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/15 at 02:16 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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