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Monday, August 14, 2006

Several counties in New York State have notification requirements when pesticides are sprayed: neighbors must be notified. Not surprisingly, for those who want to comply and not manually hang tags on doorknobs, the answer is GIS, as reported in Government Technology.

Two counties have two solutions. In Erie County, Intelligent Decision Systems Inc. (IDSi), a GIS solutions provider based in Fort Lee, N.J. propsed and funded a $50,000 system. It ends up costing spraying companies 50 cents per post card mailed (that includes postage) via an automated sytem. It’s not clear to me who gets the 50 cents - the county or the company. Perhaps they split it?

Monroe County build a system right into its existing GIS - there is no registration fee for commercial spayers, but its unclear if there is any cost for the printed mailing labels the system creates.

It’s nice to know all those abutters demos I built back in 1992 still have relevance. The big difference today? They live on the Web and are access by regular folks, like the people at spraying companies.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/14 at 06:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

After a tragic recent drowning of a local teen in an abandoned mining pit in Belmont County, Ohio [corrected, originally said West Virginia], there’s a renewed interest in mapping and managing such pits. The local paper notes the state of GIS.

Don Pickenpaugh, Belmont County Geographic Information Systems director, said his office last mapped the enclosed bodies of water in the county in 2001. However, he said there currently is no way through GIS to differentiate between natural lakes and ponds and strip pits created by mining.

Perhaps this is a naive question, but could this be a job for remote sensing?

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/14 at 06:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Directions Media’s Editor-in-Chief will be interviewed today on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC, National Public Radio’s New York City affiliate station, at 1:20 Eastern Time. You can listen listen live to the interview via streaming broadcast using links on the show homepage. Francica will discuss the use of mapping technology in today’s consumer and business marketplace.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/14 at 06:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, August 11, 2006

Joe Francica spoke with Jeanne Foust and Keith Ryden about ESRI support of standards and its work in interoperability. This conversation, captured in the podcast, was in reponse to a reader submitted question: What is ESRI doing to facilitate growth of standards-based toolsets to establish OGC services on top of an ESRI data store? This thirteen minute podcast was recorded on August 9.

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ESRI on Interoperability and Standards

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/11 at 05:03 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Now that we’ve posted four podcasts from the ESRI User Conference and I’ve spoken to people in and outside the industry, I want to disple some of the misconceptions I heard.

I can’t listen; I don’t have an iPod.

Individual podcast episodes (programs) are saved as .MP3 files. So, if you have a player for that format, you can listen. Most people using a desktop/laptop PC have an MP3 included with the operating system or one is available for free. I’ve got a cool device that plugs into the cigarette lighter in my car that allows me to play MP3 on a thumb drive through my radio (no iPod needed). It was about $35.

I don’t have time to listen to a podcast.

Just like TV shows, some podcasts are long and some are short. We note the length of each when posting. All of our podcasts from the ESRI User Conference are about 10 minutes long.

It’s the same stuff as in the magazine, right?

That one’s from my Dad. No, actually the podcast content is for the most part not included in our articles or blog posts.

It’s just interviews with corporate folks…dull!

While we do intend to include some interviews with industry players, much of the coverage of the conference is me speaking with Joe Francica about what he saw and heard. It’s very much the sort of conversation I suspect many readers would have with friends who attended the event.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/11 at 09:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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