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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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

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
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