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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

A report from E3 (the gaming show) going on this week speaks to a new location-based “kill your friends” sort of game called PhoneTag. Sounds cool, but the author keenly identifies a key problem with multi-player, multi-geography games.

Fun though it is to imagine people romping through the streets virtually blasting each other, Amp’d will need to put serious marketing behind PhoneTag to ensure it has lots of players from day one. The kiss of death for any location-based game is yawning gaps with nobody to shoot or play against. Amp’d plans to run daily and weekly games, as well as a three-month grand tournament. The latter is intruiging - what happens if the final two players are hundreds of miles apart?

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/10 at 09:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The two professional organizations will co-locate their conferences in 2008. ACSM has had much consternation of late among it divisions and certainly there have been calls for the major GIS conferences to “hook up.” These two orgs were key players in the now defunct GIS/LIS.

The combined conference is set for March 9-12, at the Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, Wash.

The two organizations plan to merge their exhibit halls and combine selected networking events while running their educational programming separately.

Neither org has the release on its website (WHY?). We have the release here.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/10 at 09:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Some quotes from the State of the States Panel at NEGIS 2006

“We serve up the data via Open GIS standards for anyone who’s not using ESRI.”
Dan Walters, State of Maine (Alas, that’s quite correct. He did note that many towns in his state are in fact selecting other solutions.)

“Data is all that really matters.”
Christian Jacqz, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Indeed!)

“In our state Data Mapper we call the data layers ‘themes’ with apologies to xxx.”
Fay Rubin, State of NH (Can you fill in the blank? Why appologies? Does someone have a copyright on that term?)

“We use data standards we blantanly stole from MassGIS.”
John Stachelhaus, State of Rhode Island (“Only please to call it ‘research’!)

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/10 at 08:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Gary at Resource Shelf shares this latest route atlas from Amtrak:

“The Route Atlas is an interactive map that allows travelers to explore all the places Amtrak goes. Travelers can search by station or route; or by plotting custom routes to see the various options Amtrak offers between any two stations.” You’ll need Macromedia Flash to use the atlas.

I can’t tell the underlying technology, but am disappointed that once you find a route, you can’t book a reservation. Hopefully, that’s the next step. Macromedia called the site of day - for May 10. Amtrak was so proud they noted that on May 9!

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, May 08, 2006

General Michael Hayden was nominated today for the Director of the CIA by President Bush. Directions Magazine’s senior editor Hal Reid covered General Hayden’s remarks at the 2004 GEOINT Conference in New Orleans. He identifies some of the current problems of intelligence data gathering as "cultural, technological and existential."

by Joe Francica on 05/08 at 08:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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