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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I’m a sucker for press releases that include the term GIS for no particular reason. Case in point: a release about a new tool to find a local vet. It’s offered by a company offering pet health care insurance. I immediately clicked through to the locator page to see what technology was used (frankly, I expected Google Local). But no, I knew immediately: the sample address/ZIP Code near the input boxes reads:  Your address (optional): (e.g., 380 New York St) City, State, and/or ZIP: (e.g., Redlands, CA, or 92373).

No further research required! I suppose that’s a type of subtle advertising since if folks put that in, they will see where ESRI is located, even if it’s not labeled on the map.  By the way, there were five vets listed in ESRI’s ZIP Code.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/10 at 06:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

NPR’s Morning Edition (audio available 10 am EST) covers how to get there from here with input from senior staff from NAVTEQ and Yahoo Maps (Jeremy Krietler who spoke at our conference last year). Bottom line in the exercise in San Francisco? A limitation in the data from NAVTEQ.

My question: will NAVTEQ (and perhaps Tele Atlas, if it too makes the same error) rush out to fix this glitch since it’s been on national radio?

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/10 at 06:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, January 09, 2006

I like it when I get to integrate that CAD stuff with our GIS stuff. Ralph Grabowski at WorldCAD Access describes a tool to get CIS/2 data (that’s “CIMSteel Integration Standards (CIS/2) ...the product model and electronic data exchange format (file format) for structural steel project information. “) into Google Earth. See, everyone wants their data in Google Earth!

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/09 at 03:46 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Try this Atlas from FreshLogic Studios. It’s got a scratch pad like tool (where you can e-mail your favorites) and listings of the found items on the left, along with sponsored ones. I’m not sure why you’d want to do this, but these folks did!

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/09 at 12:43 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

[update 1/9] Roger Hart at GeoCarta notes expansion of NOAA’s partnerships with commercial players, like it did with Google for Katrina imagery, in the coming year.

Here in Massachusetts we have this terrific free warehouse of MassGIS data hosted by MIT (on some cool open source software). So far as I know, the same data are available on Google Earth.  New, one foot data from Washington and Benton counties in Arkansas is now on the big Google Earth server. I wrote about how Microsoft was offering states the ability to host data on TerraServer back in September.

Guess what? It looks like Google may be the keeper of our public data. Gee isn’t it nice that all the GIS companies are providing KML out tools to comply with this vision? What happened to loosely coupled servers based on standards (The MIT server, CAST’s GeoStore and TerraServer all implement OGC standards, by the way and so far, Google Earth does not)? Wasn’t that how we were going to build a national map, an NSDI and a GSDI? Or maybe we’ve forgotten that vision? Or can we not follow through? I’ve suggested before that a private company may do better at NSDI tasks (heck ESRI already runs so why not Google for this role? Is that what we want?

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/09 at 08:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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