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Monday, July 10, 2006

There’s just a tease in the New York Times and a single image, but the two companies are working together. 2D viewed in 3D, which is what many existing sytems are doing now is not such a great solution, argues Daniel Rosario, a senior project engineer at VW’s Electronics Research Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. He thinks orienting yourself to the “tallest or most unique building” would work better. Bottom line? The system will need a live Internet connetion to use the Google Earth base and may be available in the next five years.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s right for five days those 12-18 can “have hands-on fun with high-tech global positioning systems and computers while presenting them with real-world challenges and skills that they can use immediately in their communities.” The camp, which runs July 31-Aug 4 is offered by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Science and sponsored by Penn State’s Equal Opportunity Planning Committee, the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and the Penn State Cooperative Extension Geospatial Technology Program. Students stay in the dorms and eat in the university dining halls.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Gary Price, this time with his Docuticker Editor hat on, offers up the latest from the National Academy Press on geospatial research:

Beyond Mapping: Meeting National Needs Through Enhanced Geographic Information

As usual, you can download the entire report (or summary) for free or purchase the book in print.

I’ll save you downloading the (rather long at 23 page) summary. The goal of the report is to answer these questions:

1. How have mapping/geographic information activities evolved and
what have been their fundamental underpinnings?
2. What is the nature of the research agenda related to the mapping
sciences and how might this agenda be addressed by current and possibly
future collaborations among many disciplines?
3. What skills and knowledge will be required for professionals in
the mapping sciences in corporations, agencies, and educational institutions?
4. What are the current strengths and weaknesses of the mapping
sciences and how successful have they been in responding to technological
5. What is the state of the research infrastructure and the varying
roles of universities, government laboratories, and the private sector?

In response, the report offers five quite reasoable recommendations that essentially encourage research, partnerships, and use existing organizations (UCGIS and OGC, for example) to lead the way.

The reports is by “The Committee on Beyond Mapping” which includes many academics and folks from industry.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Someone I don’t know sent me a note saying “As promised, here’s a CD with our beta map technolgy…” some months ago. It didn’t entice me enough to install it. But, apparently, it perked up someone at the Washington Post, who offers a mediocre review of Schmap, what she calls the combination of Google Earth, Frommer’s and Mapquest.

You need to download a player (boo! - but here’s the explanation. For now its Windows only, Mac expected in November) but the site has no ads and does not accept payment for inclusion.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/09 at 03:33 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, July 07, 2006

NAVTEQ CEO Judson Green graduated from DePauw Univeristy in Indiana, back in the 1970s. So did his wife. And, while the company gets lots of ink about it data collection, Green gets little. So it was nice to see that the couple has given a $15 million dollar “lead gift” for the $29 million expansion and renovation of what will be known as the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts. Work is under way, and should be completed by the Fall of 2007 for the building which will house the School of Music and department of communication.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/07 at 10:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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