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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Ever wonder how the use of geospatial data is affecting libraries? Wonder no more. Gary at Resource Shelf notes a new report from Association of Research Libraries that looks into just that.

There are more details here about the study and the table of contents and executive summary are available in PDF. The full report is $45 for non-members.

SPATIAL DATA COLLECTIONS AND SERVICES
“This SPEC Kit examines how library patrons’ use of spatial data has changed since 1999 and what effect this has had on library staffing, collections, budget, and services. The publication provides a snapshot of how ARL member libraries are handling the challenges associated with spatial data 15 years after geographic information systems (GIS) and digital mapping first appeared on campus.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sprint tried to do good but got flummoxed by what GPS stands for in a press release:

“Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the donation of 11 Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) enabled handsets, taking DC Central Kitchen’s meal transportation and delivery system high-tech. DC Central Kitchen distributes approximately 4,000 meals per day to roughly 100 nonprofit agencies in the District, northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland. GPS technology will help streamline this vital distribution process to better serve the community.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/14 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

According to Government Computer News which references an ESRI press release, the Department of Homeland Security is giving away “geospatial information-sharing software and other commercial IT to local jurisdictions through its Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). ” The program is a way to get smaller communities which did not get grants the tools they need. ESRI has a DHS contract that makes the software available.

Apparently recipients get “ArcGIS ArcView 9.x, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, ArcGIS Network Analyst and ArcGIS Publisher, as well as three related Virtual Campus training courses. “

Want to get your own free ESRI software? The next round of giving ends January 7. For details and sample text to help get the goodies, visit this ESRI web page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The difference in this one, called GuardianLion, it “will even work indoors in many cases which is virtually unheard of with all conventional GPS technology including OnStar or even new generation Nextel phones.” As part of the launch the media alert noted interest from “Walt Disney World, Co., Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo, Inc., NBC Universal, the U.S. Army.” Also mentioned, “Paul Brooks, senior V.P. of NASCAR just bought a GaurdianLion GPS tracking device.”

Why is it that companies that offer this technology fail to note that no message can be sent if there is no cell phone signal?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A press release from EarthData of Frederick, MD announces it will provide data to Microsoft’s Live Local (powered by Virtual Earth). It’s a five year deal for new imagery, lidar, and radar data acquisition and map production and give Microsoft access to the company’s archives. “The agreement also includes research, development, and investment to improve production efficiency and develop new product offerings” which I believe means EarthData getting the investment to do those things for Microsoft.

The race is on for the map portal folks to sign on the best and brightest of the aerial imagery companies in exclusive or non-exclusive agreements. Note that only one portal has actually purchased an aerial company: GlobeXplorer acquired AirPhotoUSA earlier this year. I suspect there’ll be more such contracts and acquisitions in 2006.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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