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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Ken Sutherland, who lives in Florida, and is a geospatial professional, shared this Letter to the Editor he sent to the New York Times in response to this article, which I’ve noted in the blog in recent days.

Let’s hope that everyone in the world, as an international community, will observe all the places and activities shown on Google Earth.  One of the problems with maintenance of international treaties, the surveillance required.  Google Earth will improve our ability as world citizens to observe boundaries and activities in addition to our primary ability to virtually tour places which we may visit or know we’ll never have a chance to visit.
Understandably, the skills required of image interpreters can’t be marginalized as a defense requirement; however, how many times does a critical situation in a neighborhood get observed and reported by a citizen, i.e., E911?  Reason for everyone to know the game, the rules, and the resources (Google Earth), for our own protection as world citizens.
If former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, had the same quality imagery available on Google Earth, he would’ve “nailed” his presentation to the UN in 2003.  As presented, I’ve always maintained that the imagery of the WMD site wasn’t that clear to me, the before and after photo axis, film clarity, quality; the site wasn’t that obvious to me during his speech.
With Google Earth we now have some of the best available image resources Online and FREE!  We can also act more capably as the “eyes and ears” of our Homeland Security, one of the many goals of that agency to include everyone for our own protection; or we can just fly the coast line of Scotland or any other dream destination in the world, with Google Earth on our desktops.  Once someone opens a gateway ... always difficult to take back what we have been provided so freely.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 02:05 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Read this eloquently written statement from Randall Newton at about Bentley and Autodesk and you may see something about some of the players in the geospatial industry. (I file this under Autodesk since I don’t have a Bently category yet. That’s telling, no?)

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 02:02 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This is probably the biggest endorsement for OGC in its history: “The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has adopted the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) web service specification baseline, along with complementary international and industry standards, as requirements for use in all NGA production processes.”

I’ve only seen this announcement on our website (put there by NGA) so I want to be sure folks know about it.

Full disclosure: I consult to OGC.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 01:34 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Whitaker, who successfully forced Greenwich Connecticut to hand over its GIS and aerial data to him, has asked other towns for the same information. The city of Stamford said yes, New Canaan is looking into the matter. More from Greenwich Time. (Boy that’s a great name for the paper!)

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 07:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Correction [12/23]: Per Mike, you can indeed find the white paper on the Autodesk website, on the Map3D white paper page.

I see those “white papers” listed on tech sites - mostly from IBM, Symantec et. al. - and don’t think much about them or their marketing potential. (Worth noting: this discussion of white papers on Ralph Grabowski’s blog. By the way, I’ve written many white papers for my employers and lately, for a variety of clients.)

But today I found this oddly titled white paper on ZDNet (actually, the French version, but it’s on the UK one, too): “Liberating ESRI ArcSDE Geospatial Data with Autodesk Map 3D” Or, maybe the paper is titled, “Autodesk Map 3D 2006 and ESRI ArcSDE Basics” It’s not really clear. Anyway, unlike the more broadly geared papers I’m used to, this is very narrowly focused. How many just regular techies have heard of ArcSDE or Autodesk Map 3D?

Here’s the publisher’s description of the paper:

Many organizations – utilities, telecommunication providers, and government agencies, for example – depend on geospatial data that is stored in a database accessed only by ESRI ArcSDE software. But how can various groups across an organization – such as an engineering staff – obtain the data they need without going through those who have the ESRI software? Autodesk Map® 3D 2006 reduces bottlenecks and data management costs with powerful CAD tools that are familiar to many users in an organization. Map 3D software enables organizations to expand access to the geospatial data that was once available only to GIS professionals using ESRI software.

Learn how organizations can use Map 3D to connect, read, edit, and save data stored in an ESRI Arc SDE spatial database environment with this free white paper, “Autodesk Map 3D 2006 and ESRI ArcSDE Basics.”

The paper is free to download - from ZDNet (free registration required). But in registering you agree that ZD can send your info to the company behind the white paper. Of course, that’s Autodesk. After all that what do you get? A PDF of a white paper. Its title? “Autodesk Map 3D 2006 and ESRI ArcSDE Basics” It’s 22 pages, dated 2005, and has no assigned author. It’s basically a “how to” of how to use AutoCAD Map 3d to connect to ArcSDE and use it to edit data and put it back.

It seems you can download the paper from several spots where ZD spreads its content on the Web. Strangely, you can’t download the paper from Autodesk’s ISD white paper website.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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