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Monday, June 19, 2006

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.”

    Continue reading...

  • by Adena Schutzberg on 06/16 at 04:05 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

    This announcement from a consortium which put together a site highlighting geo-carreers. (I was invited to be one of the folks profiled.)

    MapPros! is an exciting new web site that educates students and others about career opportunities in geospatial technologies. MapPros! provides an opportunity to learn about geospatial (mapping-related) technologies and the many options available to those with skills in these technologies. The site features personal profiles of professionals who use these technologies in a wide variety of fields and of students currently pursuing careers in geospatial technologies.
    This project was developed by the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Complex Systems Research Center and UNH Cooperative Extension with funding from the NH Space Grant Consortium.

    by Adena Schutzberg on 06/16 at 09:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

    A Wired article covers a UAV and other goodies, but spends most of its electrons on OSGeo and why you can do more with open source than via Google’s APIs. Schuyler Erle explains:

    We can browse Google Maps, but the look and feel of those maps is fixed. We want the flexibility to tell our own stories with maps. What’s exciting is the ability to do your own cartography, to put your own labels on and show your own roads.

    He goes on:

    We want map-analysis tools to be as ubiquitous as spreadsheets. Everybody should be able to do geo-analysis.

    It’s great that OSGeo got so much play in the mainstream press. I will say that I believe there are lots of folks who do want/need to just put dots on the map, just as there are many who need just to add up a few numbers.

    by Adena Schutzberg on 06/16 at 06:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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