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Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Huntsville (Alabama) Times reports that former president of Intergraph’s Security, Government & Infrastructure division, Preetha Pulusani, who stepped down earlier this year has taken the CEO and President position at InterThink Solutions. The company offers “marketing solutions for the financial industry.” Launched in 2004, InterThink, with 10 employees in Huntsville, develops “Web-based software that allows companies to deliver precise marketing messages, documents and four-color direct mail. ” InterThink just acquired a company based in Illinois.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/20 at 07:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This time the patent is granted to LandVoyage, the mapping portal focussed on real estate, that’s currently up for sale. The patent, US 7,054,741, is titled “Land Software Tool” and per the press release covers “functions that provide the online map drawing and measuring capabilities available on the LandVoyage mapping website.” A continuation to cover features noted but not claimed in the patent is pending, as are some new features.

Here’s the abstract. I am not a lawyer, but this sounds like a lot of tools already online to me! And, it doesn’t sound all that good for the GIS industry. On the other hand, it does sound like something that might entice a buyer of LandVoyage, should it be considered enforceable. (Again, I’m not a lawyer and can’t speak to that.)

Disclosed is a network accessible tool that is capable of providing map and satellite image data, as well as other photographic image data to locate, identify, measure, view, and communicate information about land over the Internet-to-Internet users. The network accessible tool includes a location tool that allows the user to locate areas on a map using geographic names, township, range and section descriptions, county names, latitude and longitude coordinates or zip codes. Network accessible tool also includes a metes and bounds tool that draws boundaries on the map and image data in response to metes and bounds descriptions that have been entered by the Internet user. The network accessible tool also includes a lat/long drawing tool that draws boundaries on the map and image data based upon latitude and longitude coordinate pairs that have been entered by the Internet user. A cursor drawing tool allows the Internet user to draw and edit boundaries on the map and image data by simply clicking the cursor on the corner points of the boundary. An acreage calculation tool is also provided that calculates the acreage of an enclosed boundary. A distance measurement tool is also provided. The cursor information tool provides information relating to the name and creation date of the map and image data in accordance with the location of the cursor on the screen. The information can be communicated by printing, downloading, or e-mailing.

Update 7/20: The Coloradoan.com reports, in error, that the company was just put on the market. It also notes that the company has had some interest from buyers, but won’t reveal how much it thinks it’s worth.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/20 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Personalized maps are becoming more available with the advent of the geographic information systems, or GIS—a mapping counterpart to the hand-held global positioning systems, or GPS.”

Glenn Bulduc, staff writer at Kennebec (Maine) Journal defines GIS in an article about state grants for local communities and non-profits for mapping services.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/20 at 06:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Kansas City infoZine reports that “the Conservation Depratment and Google have teamed up” to provide maps of conservation land. Google, of course, has nothing to do with it besides making available Google Earth and its free client. The Conservation Department created the KMZ of the data from the area. Lot’s of organizations, public and private are talking about their “partnerships” and how they are “teaming” with Google for mapping. It’s good marketing getting Google’s “stamp of approval.” Unfortunately, there is no such stamp with a free API!

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/19 at 06:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I happened on the IONIC website looking for something else and found a screen shot of Geoportail, the new French “Google Earth”-like portal. IONIC is providing the underlying technology. Perhaps because of the portal’s early challenges, it’s better the company name was not immediately associated with the site?

Says the IONIC site: “The key innovative part of this portal will be the GeoCatalogue (http://www.geocatalogue.fr) allowing discovery of information and based on OGC/ISO catalog.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/18 at 12:22 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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