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Friday, July 21, 2006

According to the AP (and I would not publish this without its backing!) officials in Davenport, Iowa are proposing a 25 ft tall sculpture of a pushpin at the intersection of two bike paths. The mayor likes the idea; a local resident calls it “hideous.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/21 at 09:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“While there are some things Oracle does better, there are a few that we do better. GIS, for instance – we have a better GIS package.”

Josh Berkus, who works as the Sun lead with PostgreSQL, said that about the open source database in a post at ZDNet’s blog. The post by Dana Blankenhorn argues that Oracle is suffering from “margin compression” - basically getting squeezed by the likes of PostGres and SQLServer and DB2. It’s interesting that GIS (which one could argue neither PostGres, nor Oracle “does”) is brought up a point of comparison, espeically since, as far as I know, PostGres needs open source PostGIS to become a spatial enabled database.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/21 at 06:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, July 20, 2006

“I believe we will probably not put the most recent data in, because 98 percent of customers will not be consuming it on time.”

Al Cooley, senior director of global product marketing at Tele Atlas, on updating the latest detours at Boston’s Big Dig, quoted in the Boston Globe.

I understand that logic. How then, are those who do need such info, such as visitors to the city going to get those updates? Are such temporary changes to be handled by the real time traffic industry? And, how can anyone know how temporary anything will be?

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/20 at 07:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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 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
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