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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

read this expose on the new Autodesk CEO in the Marin Independant Journal. The article leads off with how Bass was once fired from Autodesk and just recently became CEO. I’ve seen that at other companies, too. I suspect if you are bold enough to get fired in the first place, you may indeed be bold enough to run the company.

Ask long timers at ESRI how many times they’ve been “fired”; it’s a badge of honor to tell the tale and how you were brought back basically immediately. (I was fired but once from ESRI.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 07:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The House Appropriations Bill (2007 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, the one that keeps Rolla open) also contains money, $2.5 million, to grow Geospatial One-Stop. FCW.com explains what’s limited the growth of that effort this way:

...a major complication in integrating all the data has been acquiring the data from localities. Some towns simply do not have any, and some areas are reluctant to share maps because they contain private information, such as home addresses. Also, the lack of interoperability among state, local and federal coordinate systems has hampered the portal’s growth.

USGS is not counting on the money yet. And, I must point out, the money will not help until those who do not participate in GOS can answer the question that’s been asked over and over by state and local governement: “What’s in it for me?”

The bill states the money is to “improve the nation’s geospatial data program and the Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) program by expanding the operational architecture of the GOS and integrating additional bureau and federal mapping enterprises in the GOS.” Before we give out money to expand “the operational architecture of the GOS and integrating additional bureau and federal mapping enterprises,” which I read as “make GOS better,” I’d like to see the goal and the plan on how to get there.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 06:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, May 26, 2006

Someone had to do it. A duo with Russian-sounding names launched Wikimapia.org—modestly described as not just another mashup, but a project to help describe the whole planet Earth.

At the time of my trial (a few minutes ago) the system required no registration—anyone can add a place on the map and describe it. I already saw signs of abuse. The site is powered by the Google Maps engine, and has a Flickr-like interface for saving descriptions and tags (keywords).

I will be watching for signs that the general population is (or is not) already tired of consumer online mapping aplications.

From the laconic “About” document:

How to use
Just move the map to find interesting places, click on rectangles. To add an interesting place or object use Add New link. Small rules: please add places with interest to other people.

Who We Are
Wikimapia was created by Alexandre Koriakine and Evgeniy Saveliev, inspired by Google maps and WikiPedia.

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/26 at 06:05 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This time it’s POB (Point of Beginning). BNP Media chose not NextBook, with which I’m familiar, but a similar product, Digital Magazine, to put the latest issue online. Like NextBook you can flip pages, skip ahead and click on ads to jump to company webpages. You can’t e-mail it, print it or copy and past text, however. You can, unlike NextBook, drag the page around (think Google Maps). I’m still not a fan of reading what looks like a magazine on the Web.

It’s unclear if the electronic version will complement/replace the existing print publication. The entire text of the print publicatoin has been online for the past few years, so far as I know, but this is the first time its offered in this format.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/26 at 05:26 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Northern LA County (California) volunteers have mapped trails running through the area as part of an effort to connect trails that crisscross city and county land. In some areas, the trails haven’t been mapped in a dozen years, according to an article in LA Daily News. The Regional Planning Commission tentatively approved the maps (not sure what that means) and post them online as PDFs. (Click on Agendas, then scroll to the very bottom for links for the two valleys mapped.)

As usual, there were a few complaints from land owners who feared trails that cross their property might force it to revert to public domain.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/26 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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