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Monday, January 16, 2006

Of the 33 folks who responded to our last poll regarding Microsoft’s intention in buying GeoTango, the vast majority, a full two-thirds, felt it was done simply to keep pace with Google Earth. Stephen Lawlor of Microsoft was amused when I shared that with him last week.

On to this week. Let’s talk foo. Check out the poll question on the lower right hand side of the main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/16 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sunday, January 15, 2006

In the latest “Wow mapping is hot!” article from the Associated Press, users and executives note their policies regarding chaning imagery.

On Amazon:

Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum says such images can potentially be used to track people who are vulnerable.

She said A9 removed images of shelters upon her request and now gives people the option to removing their personal information from its directories.

On Microsoft:

[Justin] Osmer [product manager at Microsoft] said Microsoft has altered some of its images, such as those of the White House, to address security concerns. None, he said, is close enough that you can recognize faces.

On Google:

[John] Hanke [product director at Google] said the company has fielded concerns raised by some governments, but has not altered any images.

This is nice to know. I’ll push further: Can the companies please state their policies on this matter clearly on their respective websites?

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/15 at 04:39 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

After so much coverge of Tele Atlas, MapQuest, NAVTEQ, Google, Yahoo and other GIS stalwart ESRI got some coverage on Weekend Edition Sunday. The piece covers the company’s role in aiding a Los Angeles fire fighter in putting together a semi-real time fire map.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/15 at 08:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, January 13, 2006

Newly formed GeoEye, the product of Orbimage’s acquisition of Space Imaging, will look to expand its production facilities beyond those already in the Dulles area, Thornton, Colorado and St. Louis. In an interview today, CEO Matt O’Connell commented that the company is out of space at those facilities and will add people in Thornton to expand the value-added image processing side of their business. O’Connell thinks there will be increased demand for advanced imagery products. He also said that the OrbView-5 satellite that has about 15-inch pixel resolution will undergo a name change to GeoEye 1, which will launch during the first quarter of 2007. Directions Magazine will publish a more extensive interview with O’Connell in a future issue.

by Joe Francica on 01/13 at 03:17 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A post on the MapServer Foundation discussion list from Paul Ramsey and Gary Lang detail a face to face (and virtual) meeting to address the next steps. The meeting is slated for the Chicago, Westin O’Hare, on February 4, 2006.

The goals include agreement in principle on:

a mission statement or short charter.
a governance model for the foundation. 
a founding Board of Directors.
an acceptable short list of foundation names.

Basically, the group is looking for enough agreement to get things going. There are still spots for those who want to attend and everyone is welcome to attend virtually.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/13 at 12:45 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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