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Monday, June 05, 2006

Bad news on the GeoRSS front, at least from our small sample of 49 respondents. Asked about “knowledge of GeoRSS” 41% had not heard of it, while 22% had. 27% claimed they understood it while just 6% say they use it. 4% noted their involvement in making it a standard. Fear not, there’ll be more on this topic to come.

On to the next poll: What’s the next “big thing” in Web mapping? Cast your vote on our homepage in the lower right corner.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sunday, June 04, 2006

I want to point to a few valuable posts from “my CAD friends” about press releases and company reputation. These are folks who’ve been doing this a long time and are well respected. I urge you marketing folks to take heed.

First up, an analysis by Rachel Dalton-Taggart in her blog on an article highlighting the future of press releases. Read the comments, too!

Second, Evan Yares details of what appears to be an Autodesk created video that appeared, then disappeared from Evan uses “fair use” to offer stills and tell the video’s story. I’m embarassed when I see respectable companies do this stuff. But then Autodesk has not admitted it created the video, nor did the new CEO, who appears in the video, seem to know about it.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/04 at 12:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, June 02, 2006

Rosum made Popular Science this week with a nice discussion of its TV signal based solution for locating (that works indoors, among other things). The company is working with Trimble to include its chips alongside GPS chips for fleet tracking and parole monitoring. But here’s how it will really make it big:

Last December, President Bush put out a call for a backup locating system in case the aging GPS system, first deployed in 1978, fails. Rosum is betting its system fits the bill.


by Adena Schutzberg on 06/02 at 07:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A Detroit Free Press article does homage to Tele Atlas. This time after noting the importance of GPS and the folks who drive the streets it shares these coming attractions in navigation:

GPS in cell phones: Already offered by some providers, including Sprint and Verizon. Prices top out at $10 a month for services that can tell you, turn-by-turn, directions and find businesses.

Turn left at Taco Bell? Instead of directional turning, navigation systems are starting to use landmarks, like restaurants, in addition to street names to tell people where to go.

Picture your intersection: Eventually navigation systems will show you a photo of the intersection where you need to turn.

Up to the minute: Real-time traffic data delivered to Web sites and wireless phones.

Nothing too revoluntionary, but its nice to see it in print.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/02 at 07:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

From the recently completed National Spelling Bee:

“topographize” meaning to map

Arkansas spelling champion McKinley Hudson got that one right before being eliminated.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/02 at 06:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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