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Monday, June 26, 2006

TerraLink, the big GIS player in New Zealand is sending out 400,000 DVDs of its GIS software to what Managing director Mike Donald calls “sectors that haven’t used GIS before, and give them a set of tools so they can see what value it can add to their business.” He maintains that big companies and government are currently the big users.

The software in question is called FishEye, a trimmed version of its main product. Still, the freebie includes base data, Internet accessible land ownership info and aerial imagery and the ability to add in ones own data (geocoding, it appears). Also interesting, it is offering phone and e-mail support for the free software.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/26 at 06:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Shrewd Craig Pittman and Matthew Waite of the St. Petersburg Times were tracking if the needed permits were being granted to destroy wetlands in the state. They found that the Army Corps of Engineers “rarely denies a permit to wipe them out in Florida.” The Corps, it turns out, didn’t keep records of how much wetland area was destroyed. So, the two turned to satellite imagery to determine the acreage. That led the two to win the Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism in Florida.

The judges called the series Vanishing Wetlands “watchdog journalism’ at its finest.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/26 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I can’t find any explanation for this, but Intergraph dropped steadily since last Monday. It dropped from the $33.40s to the $31.33 at the close Friday. (Chart) That $31.33 is a low for 2006.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/26 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

MapInfo gave the office $13,000 worth of software as part of its e-government program in 2004. It’s latest use, documented in InformationWeek is to help the office locate advertising “throughout the city’s bus shelters, subways, and news publications to promote awareness of domestic violence.” The idea is to use demographic data to help target awareness and prevention and response options. Tracy Weber, the office’s grants director and interagency coordinator puts it this way:

I’ve been able to import all sorts of city-based data into MapInfo, including road maps, English proficiency ratings, and homicide rates and overlay that over a map of the city. From there, patterns and strategies begin to emerge.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/26 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Perhaps the BBC’s advertising company, BBDO New York, wanted to take advantage of the recent interest in maps and therefore added a BBC World Map to editions of NewsDay and The Financial Times. If I have my geography right, the former is in New York, the latter, London.

NewsDay notes some confusion from its readership. The map, of which I can’t find an image, apparently had photographs pushed into the shapes of countries. The paper reports:

Seema Kotecha, head of marketing for BBC World, said the map has nothing to do with geography and is actually images relating to world news issues, shaped in the form of countries. On one side of Thursday’s map, she said, is a worker carrying chickens with bird flu. The other side is an image of rioters, which reflects the recent Paris student uprising.

New Yorkers called the paper to ask about the point of the ad. Others thought they’d stolen the map, not realizing it was an ad tucked into the paper. The goal?

The purpose of the map - which carried the slogan “news beyond your borders” - was to convey BBC World’s goal of providing international news.

If nothing else, the BBC is getting extra free advertising from the confusion!

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/26 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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