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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A Reuters story, that reads a bit like a press release and offhandedly uses the term “buffer” suggests that Google Earth is not a GIS. This is really subtle and I have to give credit to the folks at Penn or the folks at Reuters who teased this out. Note the term “also” in the third paragraph, suggesting, at least to me, that Google Earth is something “other” than GIS. Frankly, I’m impressed at the suggestion that the two work together but are different.

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is being used to pinpoint the location of commercial poultry flocks, feed mills and processing plants, said Sherrill Davison, professor of avian medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The information will be used to help create buffer zones around an infected flock and contain the H5N1 strain when it makes its U.S. appearance.

Since the beginning of the year, experts have also been using Google Earth, which combines satellite imagery, maps and the company’s search engine to span the globe.

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/31 at 05:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Yes, you must be able to put your designs into Google Earth! So Autodesk now offers a technology preview to do that. I think its interesting that Bentely made a big deal of its offering and Autodesk is keeping this low key.

The download requires both Civil 3D 2007 and any version of Google Earth (Free, Plus, Pro) installed.

Apparently, there is an existing hidden command, EXPORTGOOGLEEARTH, which is no nearly as powerful as the new tool.

via Angel’s Civil 3D Thoughts

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/30 at 08:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“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
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