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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

An Information Week blog notes that after Apple cut the price of iBooks for Maine public schools, Google jumped in to give goodies, too:

So Google, ever committed to organizing the world’s information, has decided to donate Google Earth and SketchUp Pro for installation on every public-school computer in the state.

The article notes how this would annoy Microsoft. Anyone else?

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/17 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A few month ago I detailed some law suits based on REAL’s patent on using the Web to seek out real estate using basic GIS ideas. Today, word from Lending Tree a mortgage company with a real estate site (LendingTree’s RealEstate.com) it’s paid REAL to license the “patented map search technology.” No details on how much money was paid; I hope prior art is found. My gut feeling is that this patent won’t stand (though I am not a lawyer, nor have I researched REAL’s claims).

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/17 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, May 15, 2006

“As long as what we come up with doesn’t help save lives, they’re not going to use it in the real world.”
Assistant Geography Professor Dr. Sven Fuhrmann of Texas State, on a 3D model of San Marcos, a graduate student team built for use by first responders.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/15 at 06:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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
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