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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Directions Magazine staff didn’t make it to the conference, which finishes up today in Washington, DC, but industry writer/consultant Kevin Corbley did. He shares these observations.

“There was a common theme among exhibitors once I got talking to them—Everybody is looking to hire federal sales people right now. And from the comments I heard, there is a real shortage of sales folks in our industry.

“The ESRI Federal Users Conference is becoming a major East Coast event for the geospatial industry. Several people at the conference agreed that the number of exhibit booths this year was more than double that of last year.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 09:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An article on mashups in the UK’s Mail and Guardian Online shares some stats from
The Mashup Feed website, which tracks mashups. It includes 144 APIs used by 355 mashups.

The latest figures:

Google Maps (195)
Amazon (35)
Yahoo Maps (33)
Flickr (30)
Microsoft’s VirtualEarth (30)
Delicious (19)
eBay (15)
MSN Messenger (11)

No big surprises here, yet! 

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 09:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Google Earth was on a screen depicting downtown, as was a 3D version of downtown produced by U.S. intelligence satellites.”

GE is but one of many technologies in use in Detroit. (The Detroit News)

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 09:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This weekend marks MapQuest’s 10th anniversary, though its predecessor goes back a few years before. (My office mate in grad school, Matt, went to work there, in Lancaster, PA in 1988.) Westworld offers this longish history of the company and its new competition. Directions covered much of this territory a few months back. A tease for today’s article:

MapQuest executives don’t believe the future of their industry hinges on 3-D graphics and other eye candy. It’s about on-the-go personal navigation.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 09:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Slashgeo and O’Reilly Radar both cite the creation of MGeoRSS, an extension to GeoRSS that supports Google Maps/Local. Said another way, you can use tagged RSS feeds to populate a Google Map.

GeoRSS is an effort by several OGC types, among others, which in time, may become an approved standard. GeoRSS allows geographic tagging of RSS in a standard way, based on a (very simple) profile of GML. (I consult to OGC.)

Mikel Maron, who is behind it, notes that Yahoo and worldKit support GeoRSS and now challenges Google to do so, too. Cool!

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 07:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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