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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Per Reuters, Thales “is reviewing a $170 million offer from Californian fund Shah Capital.” The division has been up for sale since last year.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 06:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

How about we keep ourselves amused with a guessing game while I await a call back from Micro Target Media regarding their use of location technologies?

The company put out a press release last week abou its “wrapped” port-o-johns. (The are advertising opportunities.) They were at the big AIDS walk this past weekend and will be at the Indy 500 on Memorial Day.

Here’s the challenge: Explain briefly in a comment how the mentioned location technology is used to provide the promised data.

MTM has integrated advanced technology with eye-catching visuals to transform a necessary resource into a unique advertising platform. Using RFID and GPS technology, MTM is also able to give advertisers web-based proof of performance.

The first commenter who matches what the company tells me gets three GIS focussed O’Reilly books. (My decision is final.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 06:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Barry at Search Engine Watch references news of updated European images.

Gary Price (of Ask) and Resource Shelf shares the news about enhanced European imagery in the maps at Ask.com.

As a GIS geek I’d love it if these folks would ask about the source of the imagery (who acquired it, metadata, etc.).

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 02:52 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I don’t get it, but according to the Rolla Daily News, an amendment to block Rep. Jo Ann Emerson’s “don’t move USGS center to Denver” amendment to the Dept. of Interior budget, was put forward, supported, then withdrawn but its proposer.

So, the budget passed the House Appropriations Committee Thursday with the Emerson amendment intact. Stay tuned as the bill moves forward.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 08:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Putting data online is a growing trend that started with Google and MapQuest and expanded to other Web sites, Cpl. Wyant said.

—Cpl. Denise Wyant paraphrased in the Frederick (MD) News-Post

Gee and we’ve been putting data online as long as the Web’s been around! And, we’ve been putting mapped data up there almost as long! I have no isuse that Google (recent) and MapQuest (early player) had an impact, especially recently.

Also of note about the city putting its crime data online:

The map is updated twice a month and displays the location and types of crimes in the county for the past three months.

I wonder if the community will insist the data be posted more often?

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/23 at 08:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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