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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

“It’s probably too early for the industry to set standards for location, but it sure isn’t too early to begin thinking about them.”

-Esther Schindler in her article Finding Yourself: Add Maps to Your Apps. about her: “She has been writing about technology professionally since 1992, and her byline has appeared in dozens of IT publications. She’s optimized compilers, owned a computer store, taught corporate training classes, moderated online communities, run computer user groups, and, in her spare time, written a few books.”

She seems to know about OSGEO but not about OGC, which clearly thinks it’s not too early!

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/08 at 07:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Joe Francica shares his take on the plenary session at the ESRI User Conference which lays the groundwork for the company vision, products and plans for the coming months and years. This nine minute podcast, recorded on August 7, picks out just a few highlights.

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Directions Media on ESRI Plenary Session

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

Monday, August 07, 2006

Vision is not something that is lacking at the ESRI UC. All of the keynote speakers come with a vision. In some respects it is a variation on the same theme: GIS is the tool that is reshaping the world…in environmental management, politics, business, social sciences, etc. And although the theme is repeated, you are never bored; each presentation inundates the audience with a kaleidoscope of not just images and ideas, but accomplishments by the many people who use GIS everyday.

Each year, Jack Dangermond begins the opening session by reviewing the many achievements of users through a series of slides, each more impressive than the next because it shows just how far reaching the applications can extend in complexity.

The demonstrations of new product features are necessary to acquaint the audience with the progress of each suite. But it was good to see that more emphasis was place on the application of each feature rather than just a demo of the feature itself. And to support that emphasis is the focus that ESRI is placing on its technical support and documentation. Mr. Dangermond announced how the documentation for ArcGIS 9.2 will not just show the user how to work the function, but why you use it in the first place. That will be a remarkable step forward in the way documentation is published because users expect software to be intuitive to use. To go the extra step of instructing the user in the reasons for performing a particular workflow would be extraordinary.

Although Mr. Dangermond repeated themes he has used in past keynote addresses, he always puts the audience in a state of heightened awareness that each is making a difference in using GIS technology for the betterment of their respective organizations and the constituents they serve. You leave these first sessions at least ready to tackle the next day and perhaps the next big project back at the office.

by Joe Francica on 08/07 at 08:54 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Joe Francica shares his take on the speakers at the ESRI User Conference Senior Executive Leadership Seminar, an invitation only event for C-level users. Among the organizations presenting were the Ordnance Survey, the city of Denver, General Motors, Harvard University, and others.

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Directions Media on ESRI Exeuctive Seminar

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/07 at 07:26 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Jack Dangermond presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Larry Smarr, Director of the University of California San Diego’s Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Smarr proceeded to discuss the relatively new field of environmental genomics, or adding the genetic diversity of life to geographic information systems. Smarr, who in the past worked with Marc Andressen to launch Mosaic, is now working on the National LambdaRail project which is comprised of a consortium of universities developing an advanced nationwide network infrastructure for streaming terrabytes of data to a single location. He envisions a time when high definition data will be streamed in to an elementary school classroom. He challenged the audience this way: "As you begin to tell us the nature of the planet of where you are, this is how collectively we are going to come to shepherd the planet."

by Joe Francica on 08/07 at 04:43 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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