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Monday, December 19, 2005

The Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia reports that NovaLIS, a well-known ESRI third party developer of parcel applications has gone into receivership. According to the article it had more than $3.2 million in government funding and is owned jointly by ESRI Canada and Leica Geosystems. Gary Waters, once of ESRI Charlotte took over as president in late 2000 and left for a VP position at GeoFields just recently.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/19 at 12:08 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The folks at Earth Contest already have a game based on Google Earth. Recently, they announced a Big Game based on a virtual world with prizes that launches in January. Apparently, in both games, players find clues and solve them and try to defeat the GameMaster.

This is all well and good. However, after poking around the website and even looking at something called “tour” I’ve yet to see what the game looks like, what sort of clues are given - basically, anything that would entice me to play it. Sorry folks!

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A survey team exploring how 400 citizens of Casper, Wyoming feel about the city will include the location of those interviewed. From the Casper Star Tribune:

Since the ETC Institute conducted the city’s last telephone survey, the company has, for an additional $1,000 atop a $4,750 fee, begun offering geocoding, also known as GIS mapping. It’s a way to determine if different Casper neighborhoods think differently about a specific topic.

It’s unfortunate there’s confusion between geocoding (finding lat/lon cooridates for a location (street address, ZIP Code) and GIS (a technology system for analysing location). It’s also interesting to note that doing the geocoding ups the cost by $1000.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Our last poll wasn’t too interesting to many of you. Of the two dozen respondents, 33% read the newspaper online 43% in print and 24% don’t read it all all. Onward with a question related to current technology: What’s your relationship to map mashups? Vote on the lower right hand side of the website.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, December 16, 2005

A New York Times article (reprinted in the International Herald Tribune, no registration required) quotes a few important people on the concerns India and other countries have expressed over the imagery now available in Google Earth. These are solid statements which will hopefully educate more people on how this technology, and technology in general work.

Vipin Gupta, a security analyst at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, suggested that the Indian government should accept the new reality. “Times are changing, and the best thing to do is adapt to the advances in technology.”

“Google Earth is not acquiring new imagery,” said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, an online repository of satellite imagery. “They are simply repurposing imagery that somebody else had already acquired. So if there was any harm that was going to be done by the imagery, it would already be done.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/16 at 08:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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