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Monday, January 30, 2006

The Denver Business Journal reports that National Geographic Maps, the taxable part of the nonprofit is moving out of the consumer market to focus on “detailed maps targeted for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, emergency responders, geologists and other field workers who often venture out of well-traveled terrain.”

With the pressure from Google and its peers, President Fran Marshall decided it was time to move outside the consumer realm. A reorganization will cut 3 of the 40 jobs at the Evergreen, Colorado company. Most of Nat Geo’s maps are sold through REI and the plan is to limit printed maps and make on-demand maps purchaseable from the Nat Geo website.

I always thought that the traditional “GIS” companies would be the first to be impacted by the move to Web portals, but I guess I’m wrong.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 08:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“While there is a demand for 1,000 trained manpower for GIS, the supply is a meagre 20, revealed M K Shankaralinge Gowda, Secretary, Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology, on Friday” reports the Deccan Herald. The article does speak to how the technology has been embraced by government, but workers are in short supply.

That’s same challenge the Department of Labor here in the U.S. feels we will face in time.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“I finally told myself I could do it and that I wanted to be one of the first thousand to hold the title.  I’m honored.”

Polk County’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician David Weisgerber, on his recent certification as a GIS Professional. From the Tyrone Daily Bulletin, North Carolina

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Of the 47 people who checked out the “MapFoo” poll last week, 64% do not know of Foo. Foo is a place holder for something indeterminate, sort of like x, y and z in algebra. The blog in question used the term “Foo Foundation” to highlight that it’s unclear what the final name of the organization formally known as the MapServer Foundation will be.

It’s a fairly geeky term, one I ran into in college (thanks Sam!) and still hear around town, especially in MIT circles. More on the term here, from Wikipedia.

On to new topics: What’s the topic of the next geospatial book you’ll read? Let us know on the lower right hand side of our main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

American Express (AMEX) is using business intelligence tool provider, Microstrategy, to build its extranet application for finding key employees in a crisis. Should a major international event occur where VIP executives need to be found in a hurry, AMEX is using a webmap-based GUI to drill down to country, then state, then city/town level in their TrackPoint application based on pre-travel itineraries and updates to those itineraries. The application was rolled out last October in Europe; Microstrategy cited AMEX at Microstrategy World for its "Best Practices in Business Intelligence" award last week.

by Joe Francica on 01/30 at 05:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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