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Thursday, December 22, 2005

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

David Girouard, general manager at Google’s enterprise division gave a keynote at Interop show in New York this week.

He said that the firm blows through “‘an incredible amount’ of computing power, disk space, and bandwidth. The exec noted that the firm has ‘concerns about the future in all these respects’” according to an article in Byte and Switch.

He went on: “‘If you look at what we’re doing with Google Earth,’ he explained, ‘it doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to say that there’s a tremendous amount of processing power, bandwidth, and storage going on at Google in everything that we do.’” 

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Proving yet again that all news is local news, the Lawrence Kansas paper reports that that city is indeed the center of Google Earth’s universe. The paper investigated. Apparently, one of the Google programmers went to KU.

“It’s intentional,” said Megan Quinn, a Google spokeswoman, when asked about Lawrence’s prominent location in the middle of the map.

Enjoy the 15 minutes, folks! The paper interviewed locals on the matter, too!

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

CBS News reports that hardcopy sales of New York papers are down due to the lack of public transportation. Says the New York Post’s circulation director: ” “We are definitely being hurt. There are not a lot of people getting into the city. The subways and bus lines are our bread and butter.” But, traffic to web sites is up. The Executive Director of the Daily News reports of that paper’s site, “It is being bombed, which is a good thing.”

So how is coverage and how well are online source helping to get people to and fro? Not well, according to Peter Zollman at Poynter.org. After a survey of Wired and the city’s papers he concludes: ” Maybe if the strike drags on for a few days, the online “newspapers” (beyond Newsday’s website) will become online tools, complementing the newspaper rather than just regurgitating (and updating) it.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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