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Monday, December 26, 2005

ITAR-TASS the Russian news agency reports that Russian President Putin wants to see his country’s GLONASS satellite navigation systems up and running earlier than planned. The system was expected to be completed in 2008, says the article, but Putin put the challenge forward to finish in 2006 or 2007. He wants to see commercial revenue from the system which provides similar accuracy to GPS.

Even as Putin made the plea Russia celebrated the launch of three new satellites into orbit on Sunday. The AP published unconfirmed reports that two of the birds were not under control and offered that the system was not expected to be complete until 2010.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/26 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It appears the Associated Press is doing a series of articles on data collection for mapping. First off, “Four-wheeled cartographers make digital roads match reality” , an article similar to the dozens run in the past year about GPS-enabled NAVTEQ and Tele Atlas cars roaming around the U.S.

The next part (no idea how many are expected) covers: “How mapping companies make sense of the data - and seek out more for new features.”

Perhaps the timing on this reflects that many people recieved GPS devices for Christmas and explaining why the data are not perfect may cause fewer returns?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/26 at 07:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, December 23, 2005

In one of his occaisonal blog posts, David Maguire, shares “this Q & A [that he did] for a GIS Magazine.” No idea what magazine, but it no longer has an exlusive, it seems!

Nothing earthshattering, but if you were concerned that ArcGIS Explorer would compete with Google Earth, don’t be. “Out the outset I should say that ESRI’s goal is not to compete in the consumer market with the excellent existing products. Rather, we want to provide the ability for GIS professionals to serve their own data to their own users, perhaps overlaid on top of data from other servers. We also plan to offer a range of more advanced services that we think will raise the bar in terms of user expectations. ” Nice that ESRI is planning to “stick to the knitting.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/23 at 10:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update 12/24: Link fixed.

The latest from USGS Rolla via Rolla Daily News:

Kari Craun, chief of the USGS mapping center in Rolla, has accepted another position within the agency.

In January, she will become the USGS Supervisory Liaison for the central region. That position involves building partnerships with federal, state and local agencies, as well as with private contractors and universities, to ensure a basic set of national map data is available. She will be based at the Rolla USGS office.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/23 at 10:08 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There’s much concern about Google Earth imagery in Korea, India and other countries. Ever wonder why Israel is not the in the fray? There’s an article in Globes that explains it.

Bottom line:

Israeli sources told “Globes” that Israel was very sensitive to exposure of strategic locations in satellite photographs. However, legal restrictions in the US and understandings between Israel and other countries are reducing Israel’s vulnerability to enlarged photos of locations liable to become targets of mega-terrorism.

An independent survey of the Google Earth site for satellite photographs shows that the search engine limits the resolution for available photos of Israel sites, whether strategic or civilian. This restriction does not exist for photographs of sites in other countries.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/23 at 10:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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