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Monday, May 15, 2006

This tidbit rounds out a discussion of DropTeam, a “multiplayer capable, real-time, tactical simulation of armored ground combat in the far future” introduced at WorthPlaying.com.

Game engine reads data from professional GIS (Geographic Information Systems) packages such as ArcGIS and Terragen. This is the same industry standard data formats that are used by the Department of Defense for simulations and by engineers for land work, surveying, etc…

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/15 at 06:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Spring is a busy time for speakers - all those graduations and conferences…

Jack Dangermond will be giving the commencement address at Crafton Hills College (Yucaipa, CA) on Thursday. A nice touch - the college has a tradition of having the faculty serve the students a graduation breakfast that day.

I’m off to the Pennsylvania GIS Conference, PAGIS, to give the keynote there tomorrow. I did a session at NEGIS (notes here) last week and will moderate a session at the New York State GeoSpatial Summit in June.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/15 at 06:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Two weeks ago we asked about the impact of the new open source geocoder from SRC. Of the 102 respondents, nearly 60% classified it as a “home run” which changes everything, 21% called it a “bunt” prompting little or no change. 9%, 7% and 6% called it a double, triple or single respectively. Those translate to (double) some adoption, (triple) adoption but slowly and (single) only the open source community will care.

Next up: How’s your knowledge on GeoRSS? Vote on the lower right hand site of our main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/15 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, May 12, 2006

As I noted earlier in the week, there were some odd posts to a variety of fora by someone working with Tele Atlas, trying to create buzz around a new developer program.

I planned to leave it be until I received an e-mail from a free Yahoo account suggested information on the program would be valuable to my readers. I got on the phone to Tele Atlas and eventually learned that the company had engaged a “Web marketing” firm to try to drum up interest in the program in areas outside the geospatial realm. That was the source of the posts I read and of the e-mail I received. The formal announcement of the program will be on Monday.

It seems it’s very easy for Web marketing to backfire. Recall the mess Autodesk got into when a few select bloggers got permission to begin discussing the new AutoCAD before members of the media…

I do hope companies will take extra care when considering, implementing and evaluating Web marketing.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/12 at 10:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The San Bernardino Sun reports on Representative Jerry Lewis’ response to allegations he is being investigated by federal authorities.

The front page of LA Times earlier this week pointed to an alleged investigation of misbehavior on the part of Jerry Lewis. He denies any investigation. The story suggests the alleged investigation involves a connection between Lewis and Bill Lowery, a lobbyist. Lowery’s name is connected to a defense contractor who gave money to Lewis’ campaign. That same company hired Lowery. That same company was determined to be an “unindicted co-conspirator” in bribing former Representative Randy Duke Cunnigham.

Lowery is a longtime friend of Lewis and, it turns out, his firm is ESRI’s one and only lobbyist. ESRI’s owners have long supported Lewis. There are no suggestions of improprieties on the part of ESRI, nor is the company under investigation, according to a company spokesperson. The article does cite some interesting numbers.

ESRI has received more than $70 million earmarked in federal contracts over the past decade. Work included such efforts as building software that assesses the fire danger of the San Bernardino Mountains, helping move troops in the Iraq war and assisting in the reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina.

But the company has received many millions more in contracts, according to the Center for Public Integrity. From 1998-2003, ESRI received nearly $132 million in defense contracts, the center reported.

ESRI has paid Lowery’s firm $320,000 since 1998.

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/12 at 06:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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