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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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

From a c|net story about how London cabbies are for the most part turning downs offers of GPS navigation systems comes this enticing factoid about the test of “The Knowledge,” the routes of London, required to get a taxi license:

The test is so tough—it can take up 34 months of study, albeit part-time, to pass—that academic studies have shown part of the brain of successful applicants actually enlarges.

Scientists found London taxi drivers have a larger hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with navigation, than other people.


by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 08:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I watch the print magazine coverage of the geospatial pretty carefully. Until recently I knew of just one publication that had a subscription fee here in the U.S. But, when I received the latest issue of The American Surveyor, I learned that fee (a small one, just $25) had been dropped. Now the publication is free to qualified readers in the U.S.

I beleive that means that in the U.S. the only subscription publications are academic, or from professional organizations. In Europe and elsewhere, most publications have subscriptions fees.

Said another way, the U.S. geospatial online and print publications are dependent on advertising and other income (conferences, marketing extras) to fund their efforts.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 07:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

To get more action on its Google Maps (once Google Local) site, the company has enterred into an agreement with Valpack, the folks who put coupons for local stores in the mail. (Those work: my mom saves the one’s for haircuts and sporting goods for me.) Google will now provide such coupons in the Internet. The caveat? The coupons are only redeemable at brick and mortar stores.

So, the question is, will this bring more advertisers to Google (there is no charge for businesses or consumers for the coupons, though the advertiser must have a free local business listing on Google Maps)? And, will it bring more eyeballs to Google Maps?

via NPR

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 07:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Just as one blogger notes that Intergraph Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I, aka “GIS”) has gone dark, e-mail from Intergraph announces Intergraph 2007 to be held in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, May 21-24, 2007. The e-mail discusses the attractions there, but provides no details on the meeting itself. To be fair, this is just a “put in your calendar” notice, so I’d expect few details.

Furthermore, with a new president of the division Ben Eazzetta, and a new company CTO from GIS, Peter Batty, I’m sure there’s quite a lot of reorganization and realigning of vision in SG&I. The 2007 event, I’d expect, will provide more vision than this year’s, which, based on Batty’s discussion on a recent podcast, was a continuation of past year’s plans.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 07:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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