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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The San Diego Union Tribune notes that odd skywriting interpretted as “BOO!” over the city made many think it was related to an alleged terror plot uncovered in the UK last week.

In fact, last Thursday evening, during the ESRI party, “3001,” the name of the aerial mapping was writtten in the sky.

The paper says that some residents who thought “BOO!” was written over Lindbergh Field. Jay Arnold, senior director of 3001 Inc.‘s business development in Alabama said the company did the same thing last year.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 10:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Military Information Technology has an editorial pushing for open source software for the military.

The article is set up by a vignette describing a new coalition sensor and how open source software allows it to be integrated into coalition network after “the command interface has been modified to import data from the new sensor.”

Open source software would make that possible. But, so would open standards. In fact, with open standards (open interfaces actually) implemented in the coalition network and the sensor, there’d be perhaps no need to modify the command interface at all. Oh, and those interfaces could be implemented in open source and proprietary code, should military leaders demand it.

Having spent six years now learning about interoperability standards in my work with OGC, I fear there’s still a lot of places they are not fully understood. Perhaps this was just an unfortunate choice for an example. It is however one chance to point out that open source is not the answer to every problem. Perhaps open source is becoming the hammer for every nail?

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 09:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is scheduled to give the opening keynote at the Ordnance Survey’s annual Terra future conference, set for Sept 19 at Southampton. Sir Tim will discuss the future of the World Wide Web and the growing importance of geographic information in its development.

Two points on Mr. Berners-Lee, who I was lucky enough to hear speak in Boston a few year’s back:

(1) he gets geospatial
(2) he’s very articulate and speaks so regular folks understand

If you can get there to hear him, it’ll be worth your while.

Another incentive to attend? Mike Liebhold, senior researcher at the Institute for the Future in California, who did the keynote at our Locaiton Intelligence conference this year, will give a presentation on what we need to do to build a sustainable geospatial web.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 08:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Perhaps you were watching? On ESPN’s Monday Night Football, when they mentioned that Tavarias Jackson, rookie quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, was telephoned that he would be drafted and he didn’t know where the Twin Cities was when the words appeared on his caller ID. I was appalled and then saddened. Here’s a college (though probably not a grad) student of Alabama State in Montgomery (I cringe that I have to mention my home state) who doesn’t know that the Twin Cities refers to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota! It’s a basic geography question as far as I’m concerned. I could almost understand it if he "maybe" didn’t know that the Crescent City refers to New Orleans or that the Music City was Nashville or certainly not that the Rocket City refers to something as close as Huntsville Alabama or that the Magic City is Birmingham. But the Twin Cities? How did the kid get through high school?

I’ve written previously about the lack of geographic literacy in our youth. I’m always amazed when I see statistics quoted about how most people couldn’t locate Iraq on a map; couldn’t find Africa if their life depended on it. If you bloggers or blog readers want to make a difference this year, go volunteer at your local elementary school and at the very least take a map of the world with you and then take the class for a spin on Google Earth or Microsoft Live Local. Please share your knowledge.

by Joe Francica on 08/15 at 08:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This time the lure in the Digital Trends article is some great pics of the hardware in the Tele Atlas van.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 08:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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