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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

MoneyControl India explores open source software in India with Michael Tiemann, President (Open Source Initiative) and Vice President (Open Source Affairs), Red Hat Inc. He notes:

There has been a substantial uptake of open source in India. But India is a big country and it’s not easy for 800 million people to move in the same direction at the same time.

There are opportunities for open source Geographic Information System (GIS) software. There has been some work with Geographic Resources Analysis Support System or GRASS, which is being used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing commonly used for urban planning and other land issues in India.

GRASS is a fine place to start. I wonder if he’s not aware of all the newer projects with large followings? I wonder if Autodesk/OSGeo have looked at this market recently? Somehow, with all the tech expertise (geospatial and otherwise) in India, open source GIS should be a natural.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 07:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Here’s a simple way to get unconfused, though it will take concentration. The folks at Very Spatial (who have been most kind in referencing this blog and our magazine in recent episodes) have an interview with Craig Gillgrass of ESRI on just that topic. (It’s at minute 11 of episode 57.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/22 at 08:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Oddly, the press release is only published in a German publication, but it highlights a new bundle for US government customers called the Autodesk Government Geospatial Solution with Google Earth Pro. It’s available on the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Schedule 70.

What’s in it?

Autodesk Map 3D 2007
Autodesk Raster Design 2007
Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise(R) 2007
Google Earth Pro

cost details (Thanks Jason!)

Bundles seem really dated to me. Are we not moving toward “mix your own” solutions? On the other hand, I appreciate that Autodesk is trying to articulate how its products work with Google’s.

Update 1:40 EDT: It’s now on our website (posted by Autodesk’s PR folks) and another GIS site (copied from the German one), but not Autodesk’s. Gee, if it’s that important, you’d think Autodesk would post it on its own website or its Autodesk Government website, no? Some sites will not post PRs unless they are on the publishing organization’s website.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/22 at 08:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s the title of a PR that will not in fact share that info. Instead, the PR invites you to pay (EUR 2,135.00) for a report that will tell you that. In the meantime, here are some numbers from The NPD Group.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/22 at 07:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Advertising Age reports that Yell.com (owner of US-based Yellow Book) will begin location-based advertising on London busses come September. The article is unclear as to whether the ads are simply for the Yell.com service or for local merchants. (The former is described with these examples “Find a gym in Marble Arch” and later “Discover a restaurant in Charing Cross” suggesting folks use Yell to do that, even as the bus delivers the message in Marble Arch or Charing Cross.

The GPS technology, reports the article is being pioneered by Yell.com. I wrote about this sort of advertising on cabs some years ago.

Perhaps more interesting is Yell.com’s new interactive advertising maps to be located in bus shelters. “Each execution is customized for the location and pedestrians can interact with the poster to reveal a local map showing the shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance.” Gee, you might not even need to pay for that extra service on your phone…

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/22 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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