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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

“I’ve watched our software grow for 35 years but this release [ArcGIS 9.2] is more technology than we’ve ever released in 35 years.”

- Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of ESRI, quoted in Forbes

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 08:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’m starting to see the subtle switch from hype about map mashups to hype about tools to allow us regular folks to make mashups and custom maps. MapCruncher, a tool to make the creation of Virtual Earth-based maps simpler, is a hot topic on blogs. Today I ran into PininthetheMap, (press release) a simple tool to populate a Google Map wtih points. You then send the URL of the pin to friends. (Here’s a sample in Google Maps and Google Earth.) The buzz on GeoRSS is adding to the fire. We are now in phase two of the new world of maps.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 07:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I saw this coming and its nice to hear it from the experts:

Strategy Analytics, cellular phone companies and traditional automotive system suppliers are now well-positioned to present a serious competitive response to the low-cost, well-branded navigation products from TomTom, Garmin, Magellan and others. Indeed, the firm predicted that cell phones will take a 30 percent slice of 88 million unit navigation market by 2010.

Perhaps more interesting is this comment from Joanne Blight, director of Strategy Analytics’s automotive practice.

The next challenge is to meet the needs of the much larger consumer segment who require route guidance on a far less regular basis. These consumers will require products that combine and integrate navigation with a range of other features, starting with road traffic information, but increasingly requiring entertainment and innovative location-based applications.

That’s quite correct; most of time, most of us travel in small known orbits. We’ll want other features while we travel therein, specifically traffic information.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 07:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

read this expose on the new Autodesk CEO in the Marin Independant Journal. The article leads off with how Bass was once fired from Autodesk and just recently became CEO. I’ve seen that at other companies, too. I suspect if you are bold enough to get fired in the first place, you may indeed be bold enough to run the company.

Ask long timers at ESRI how many times they’ve been “fired”; it’s a badge of honor to tell the tale and how you were brought back basically immediately. (I was fired but once from ESRI.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 07:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The House Appropriations Bill (2007 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, the one that keeps Rolla open) also contains money, $2.5 million, to grow Geospatial One-Stop. FCW.com explains what’s limited the growth of that effort this way:

...a major complication in integrating all the data has been acquiring the data from localities. Some towns simply do not have any, and some areas are reluctant to share maps because they contain private information, such as home addresses. Also, the lack of interoperability among state, local and federal coordinate systems has hampered the portal’s growth.

USGS is not counting on the money yet. And, I must point out, the money will not help until those who do not participate in GOS can answer the question that’s been asked over and over by state and local governement: “What’s in it for me?”

The bill states the money is to “improve the nation’s geospatial data program and the Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) program by expanding the operational architecture of the GOS and integrating additional bureau and federal mapping enterprises in the GOS.” Before we give out money to expand “the operational architecture of the GOS and integrating additional bureau and federal mapping enterprises,” which I read as “make GOS better,” I’d like to see the goal and the plan on how to get there.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 06:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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