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Monday, January 30, 2006

“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

Tomorrow, SRC is set to release a new product called Portfolio AlteryxTM that, according to the announcement, "brings Allocate, Composer, Explorer, and even MapServer together in a single platform." Version 1.0 of the product is targeted at addressing customer requirements for mapping, reporting, and spatial manipulation tools such as grids. Curiously, a second release is planned for March 31st. Alteryx will be available as a web service. SRC has a series of desktop and web services products for demographic data retrieval and market analysis. More to come…

by Joe Francica on 01/30 at 05:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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