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Monday, June 19, 2006

The Herald Journal bends over backwards to report on E. coli concentrations in White County, Indiana. The good news: none will shut down summer swimming and boating areas. The bad news: concentrations vary quite a bit and narrative description is difficult to understand. The good news: the county has a GIS and working on identifying problem sewage areas.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 06:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The headline “County to share mapping with state” in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review speaks to Armstrong County in Pennsylvania agreeing to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Topographic and Geological Survey to continue the development of PAMAP.

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

Bill Gates’ decision to end his day to day oversight of Microsoft in 2008 and move to full time work on his foundation shook the tech world a bit last week. It got me to thinking about the closest parallel we have in our industry. Would Jack Dangermond consider such a move, down the road?

No. Why? Because Dangermond has been and continues today to change the world with GIS technology. He does it with his continued emphasis on the value it brings to decision makers.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Two weeks ago the poll asked visitors to vote on the “next big thing” in Web mapping. The 58 responses broke down this way:

22% Tools to allow anyone to make a mashup
21% More up to date data
19% More analytical tools
12% Use of Flash
12% Use of GeoRSS
5 %  Availability of for fee data

This week we ask about your biggest complaint about the conference you attend. Vote on the lower left corner of our homepage.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, June 16, 2006

As a racing sailor I have been monitoring (and reporting on) the efforts by race organizers to track an ocean sailboat race and deliver live data on the web in map format. One such current event (Start Friday, June 16, First warning at 12:50hrs) is the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race.

This event in and of itself probably doesn’t merit a mention here. What does, in my opinion, is that after weeks of buildup to the “new satellite tracking system”, all a visitor gets four hours after the start is: “We are currently experiencing a very heavy load. Please check back later.

Which begs the question: How was the system’s back end sized? Why was not the heavy load anticipated? And are similar surprises awaiting other such systems (AGX implementations, perhaps)?

Saturday morning update:

Saturday, 0900: Server Overload

 

  • Due to everyone’s enthusiasm, the iBoattrack system is overwhelmed with requests.
     

  • Technicans are adding additional server capacity and hope the system will
        be back online later on Saturday. We apologize for this server outage.
     

  • Below is a snapshot taken Saturday at 0400.”

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