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Monday, December 05, 2005

This was the story a few years ago, but it seems the DWF team wants to have it more broadly stated. The large red “bouncy balls” in the lake between the Swan and Dolphin hotels said, “DWF Connect the Dots” as did flashing red pins. The team gave out Halloween sized boxes of Dots candy. So, what does “Connect the dots” mean? Apparently, that DWF is a horizontal platform for all industries’ collaboration and data sharing needs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/05 at 04:01 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In several pieces (including this one) I read regarding the new GoogleBase competitor to be rolled into Microsoft’s Windows Live, I found that MSN Virtual Earth is to be rebranded “Live Local.” My geeky map side liked Virtual Earth, though I hated having to write and say MSN before it. My marketing side felt it was too easily confused with Google Earth, though Live Local could be confused with the new name for Google Maps, Google Local. I’ll bet market research has told both these companies that consumers get the term “local” while maps, earth, location-based, geographic, etc. are a bit more hazy.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A very short note from Autodesk on the MapServer listserve states the company will change the name of MapServer Enterprise based on feedback from the open source community.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Our last poll asked about your use of trial CDs of geospatial products. Just 17 people responded. Two people each had installed and tried 1, 2, or more than 3 CDs in the past year. The vast majority, 9 people, had tried none.

Our new poll, available on the lower right hand corner of the main page asks: How do you read the daily newspaper?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a slightly less than correct statement, a Los Angeles DJ has offered $10,000 for anyone who can get their ad seen by Google Maps.

Phil Hendrie said:

“You know, I have this plan. Do you ever do Google maps? Okay, you know how they have the satellite picture of the whole world, right. I’ve got a standing offer for $10,000 for anybody who puts sign on the roof of their house big enough that it can be seen by the satellite on Google maps.”

Right - the satellite on Google Maps… I guess Mr. Hendrie has offered an opportunity for a discussion of how the site works, how the data is collected and how long it might be before new imagery is posted…

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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