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Thursday, February 02, 2006

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

A press release from the Free Standards Group (the name made me nervous) caught my eye today. Recall I noted a wiki for gespatial standards for free software a few weeks back.

Per its website, the group “is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the use of free and open source software by developing and promoting standards. Key Free Standards Group projects include the Linux Standard Base (LSB), and OpenI18N, the internationalization initiative. Supported by leaders in the IT industry as well as the open source development community, the Free Standards Group fulfills a critical need to have common behavioral specifications, tools and ABIs across Linux platforms.” So far, it’s big project involves making a standard Linux, in fact, the organization’s tag line is: “safeguarding the future of Linux through standards.”

I get that Linux needs standards, if it has a chance of really growing. But beyond that, I guess I don’t get it. There are plenty of standards groups; they all push standards. So far as I know, they push standards for open source and non-open source software. Why does the world need a group to develop and promote standards just to push the use of free and open source software?

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I met today with a very knowledgeable individual on the potential growth of the indoor location-based services market. Kris Kolodziej will be coming out with a new book shortly on the topic that will be published by Taylor and Francis. We have reported on other companies doing business in this sector such as Rosum and Ubisense. If you are interested in a quick view of the applications of indoor LBS technology, check out Mr. Kolodziej’s website which has a unique diagram that was supplied by Rosum.

by Joe Francica on 02/01 at 02:52 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

James Fee reports that ArcGIS Explorer Beta is now available for those doing the beta of ArcGIS 9.2. The rest of us will have to wait, likely until March, he says. Further, there are strict rules regarding sharing information about ArcGIS 9.2 Beta publicly, and this may well be the case for ArcGIS Explorer Beta, so don’t expect news anytime soon.

“Thank you for your patience.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/01 at 09:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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