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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

If I heard correctly last night, the folks at NPR’s Marketplace will be doing a piece on geodata collection with one of the data vendors on tonight’s edition. I suspect it’s NAVTEQ as its marketing department has done a great job of getting stories on its field workers in most of the big papers.

Too bad they couldn’t run it during Geography Awareness Week!

So, “wind up your radios” and tune in.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/22 at 01:39 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

MapInfo’s (MAPS) stock is trading much higher in recent days, drifting above $14 per share. The stock is up 27% since September. Some of the message boards are indicating that institutional investors are starting to add the company to their portfolios due to the "hightened awareness" of geospatial technology in the marketplace. Not to dwell on the "Google Phenomenon" too much, but all the signs are out there that other public geospatial companies have seen their stocks rise because of a much greater interest in location technology. Case in point, Intergraph (INGR) is up 60% since May. I’d suggest either one is a take-over target. See also @Road (ARDI)- up 66% since late July. Suffice to say there’s lots of interest in the market.

by Joe Francica on 11/22 at 09:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

update 11/22: It seems that number, 9 million refers to DWF viewers, per this PR. I’m not sure of the source of the free DWG viewer number. It’s not on the website referenced below. It is however in the e-mail version I received: “The numbers are stunning, about as jaw-dropping as Autodesk’s nine million downloads of its DWG viewer software.” [end update]

I noted Autodesk’s new free DWG viewer when it was released in October. Now, reports Ralph Grabowski, the company claims nine million downloads. Gee, I guess the world was really waiting for that software!

Other goodies from Grabowski’s coverage of Autodesk’s quarterly call last week relevant to geospatial include (Q&A’s are paraphrased):

CEO Carol Bartz is now calling DWF “an industry standard format.”

Q: “How much of the installed base is now on subscription?”
A: “It’s in the 700-800 thousand range.”

Q: “What phase are we at in 3D adoption. Last statement you made is that it’s roughly a 10-year cycle to get everyone on 3D.”
A: “It’s less than 10% of our base converted to 3D, which is good news. We’re growing our 2D customers at 20%. It’s a wonderful decade-long process to get everyone on 3D. We’re far, far from even getting to the inflection point.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/22 at 08:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In past months we at Direcitons have been astounded by the traditional media coverge of Google Maps and Google Earth, almost to the exclusion of coverage of ESRI, Yahoo, MapQuest or any other mapping or GIS company or product. But, the New York Times redeems itself today with coverage of NASA’s World Wind as a tool to explore the moon. It does note that Earth coverage is also available.

Also interesting is the mention of how “Users of the public program have produced a Web site that provides instructions and help, as well as applications that use the World Wind data, such as an add-on program that makes it easier to find spots like the Apollo landing sites, Mr. Hogan said.” It’s a Wiki!

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/22 at 08:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Information Week highlights how a small online community Judy’s Book, that provides local reviews of local service, raised $8 million in venture funding. So, what’s different about this site? Says the article “The idea is to connect consumers with businesses that provide the best service, rather than those that have the biggest advertising budget.”

Also of interest is TrueLocal, which aims to drive surfers off line to businesses. “TrueLocal starts with a base of listings from nationwide yellow pages, matches those businesses to their Web sites, and then, when a search is conducted, only returns results for businesses that have an actual physical address in the desired geography. Local businesses can advertise, Google-style, by bidding to appear high up on listings based on category and zip code.” Basically, TrueLocal is doing “due diligence” on the geography of its content providers.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/22 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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