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Monday, November 14, 2005

The Oregon Geographic Alliance (OGA), in its continuing effort to enhance geographic education in grades K-12, has allocated its first round of awards from a $70,000 grant received from the Oregon Community Foundation, John D. and Elizabeth N. Gray Endowment. Grants are provided for resources like geography books and travel expenses for conferences. Sort of nice to know there are other things than GIS software that make for a geography education!

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/14 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A New Zealand news website caught up with him during a visit to that country. It reports that ESRI turns over “roughly US$1 billion,” according to Dangermond. It goes on to note that Dangermond is worth an estimated US$560 million. Oh, and the article notes that Dangermond has no intention of taking the company public.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/14 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This press release touts RE3W search tool to locate a specific property, ownership records and contact information. It’s for realtors. What’s interesting is that it uses MSN Virtual Earth and its “satellite imagery” and its “’Bird’s Eye’, a 45 degree oblique aerial image.” Most of us do not yet have access from imagery from ORBIMAGE (though there is some from NASA on VE) or obliques from Pictometry. Maybe they are close to release?

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/14 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, November 11, 2005

Update 11/12: Removed note saying the issue is not online.  It is now.

I read a pretty fascinating review of a French report evaluating Google Earth as a tool for defense and security in GIS Monitor.

But, as happens in our world, the same day that review came out, the press release magically appeared on GIS news websites! That means GIS Monitor “broke” the story. Well done. Oh, you can read the release (from last month so far as I can tell!) here.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/11 at 01:21 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Halsey Wise spoke at a CEO forum in India hosted by a leading tech firm, Nasscom (“the premier organisation that represents and sets the tone for public policy for the Indian software industry”). According to a report in The Hindu Business Line, Wise “said that GIS has become mainstream for businesses helping extract information from unreliable data using 3D imaging and modelling technologies.” Wise said that India is planning about 13 nuclear plants an that “through spatial technologies, it would be possible to design them through modelling technologies.”

The Business Standard reports that Wise picked mobile mapping as the next big thing.

Perhaps more interesting, India has changed its tune regarding sharing spatial information. The Chairman and Managing Director of Infotech Enterprises, a GIS company, Mr B.V.R. Mohan Reddy raised that issue saying that maps have “been liberated.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/11 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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