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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

If you missed it (and oddly I didn’t see it in my wanderings) some guy in the UK claims (in The Register) he found himself on Google Earth. It’s a fuzzy image and quite likely impossible to prove one way or another.

More interesting to me are load of critical responses to his claim. Note too in those letters, many corrections regarding coverage of GPS. Wow, the public is getting geosavvy! I’m impressed!

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/23 at 09:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, December 22, 2005

I had a question regarding Earthcomber’s recent press release titled “Shopping Mavens Get High-Tech Reinforcement for Final Push to Christmas, Using Mobile Devices to Find Gifts in Nearby Shops”

The release said:

The Where to Wear “spot guide” downloads to Palm OS PDAs or smartphones. Using built-in maps and location awareness, a user can choose one or more items from a particular shopping list, and the device will scan through thousands of store listings to show which places have the item, and where they are on the map.

So I wondered, does that mean, which store carry the item or which have it in stock right now?

The answer from the company’s PR folks:

“Where to Wear reviews stores and lists the kinds of merchandise that you would be looking for, rather than specific inventory.”


by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 02:18 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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