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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Here in Massachusetts the legislature overrode the governor’s veto to provide $400,000 for a new landuse map (Boston Globe). That last effort that covered the state was in 1999.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) (GovTech) will receive a $600,000 conservation innovation grant from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to support the conservation programs in the state. The joint submission was from the department and the Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University, and will include “a web-accessible interactive GIS tool, and is a prerequisite for precision conservation. It will be designed for use by field staff or landowners in four Michigan watersheds to target high-risk areas to reduce soil erosion and adverse levels of sediment loadings to receiving waters.”

In Pennsylvania it’s Wyoming county’s turn to take advantage of state/federal program that pays local jurisdictions for local data (Wyoming County Press Examiner). County commissioners received a $15,808 check ( $40 for data on each of its 397 square miles). “Since 2001, the state and federally-administered program, which is expected to last through 2008, has been documenting the state’s topography.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/03 at 06:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

An article about a 4H grant from ESRI to Montezuma County Colorado includes this statement:

If the group’s work satisfies ESRI’s requirements for the grant, they can keep the GIS software.

I guess that’s the equivalent of adult grants from some vendors where you get the software, but must present a paper.

Another sign of the times, Kaytlyn Alexander, 13, of Cortez on how easy it was to learn to use GPS/GIS for a weed mapping program.

We’re teenagers; we’re fast.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/02 at 05:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I added a few corporate blogs to my personal aggregator mostly to be sure I read the “official” statement of new goodies from the companies represented. For the most part, these blogs are factual and only post when there’s something of value. Some post PRs and success stories and I can live with that. Today, Virtual Earth Blog got renamed to Spaces, actually, spaces.spaces.live.com (I kid you not!) There’s a post (Welcome!) and no explanation. I was annoyed earlier this week when the same blog posted about Photosynth only after I’d read it on Ralph Grabowski’s blog and on Slashdot!

Maybe I’m out of line here, but I expect corporate official blogs (and I thought that was one) to be more on the ball and even to be the first to break news. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Oh, right, I forgot, the real source of news is c|net…here’s its coverage of Spaces...

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/02 at 05:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Last week Joe Francica noted some inconsistencies in press releases from Daratech and another from Bentley. Bentley claimed it was #2 in GIS software. Daratech said and that ESRI and Intergraph, comprised half of the market. Today, there’s an update. First, history.

The very first PR from Daratech this year (July 6) (all of which end with a link to an expensive report) stated:

Leading the market in software revenues were Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), Bentley Systems, Incorporated and Intergraph Corporation.

The first explanatory Daratech PR (July 27) noted:

Although the two largest players, ESRI and Intergraph, together account for nearly half of the total software revenue, there are roughly 20 companies that each account for more than one percent of total annual software revenues. In fact, new buyers and sellers have increasingly contributed to 80% of the market’s total in 2004.

Today’s release (Aug 1) states:

Although the three largest players, ESRI, Intergraph and Bentley, together account for nearly half of the total software revenue, there are roughly 20 companies that each account for more than one percent of total annual software revenues.

Francica did contact Daratech about the confusion and still has not heard back. But clearly, Daratech did change its tune. Still, I’m not sure from this whether Bentley is #2 or #3.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 06:04 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It sounds as though this has been the case for some time, but only Google may put 10 meter or less imagery from DigitalGlobe on the Web. This from James Fee who read a post on the GeoWanking list.

To be clear, the rep at DigitalGlobe writes:

Our agreement with Google Earth does not allow for imagery to be posted to the web with less than 10-meter resolution.

There are a few exceptions - for instance media and state government - but this is a rule that is even stated in our licenses.

The writer at one point says that maybe Google might give permission as the person looking for imagery is from a non-profit. Equally amusing, the DG rep send the requestor to GeoEye!

I suppose this should come as no big shock. The U.S. DoD once bought up all the data from DigtialGlobe of Iraq (I believe I remember that right) during the war. This is the same thing, just from a commercial side. Anything is possible with enough money.

The other option was for Google to buy DigitalGlobe. Think it didn’t consider that? Think it didn’t consider sending up a bird? Do you think Microsoft has not thought of buying Pictometry? Or many GlobeXplorer (which owns AirPhotoUSA)? As much as GIS professionals poo poo what GYM are doing, and tout the value analysis (I do not disagree) the bottom line is that GYM are all over the data side of the equation. That’s why so many people love them.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/01 at 03:07 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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