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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Earlier this week CH2M HILL anounced it was the first Google Earth certified partner in the Google Enterprise Professional program.

I read it and wondered: what does that mean? Well, I looked it up on Google’s website. Bottom line to be a you need to “meet the following requirements in order to initiate and retain membership in this program”:

Membership Fee—$10,000 per year.
Partner Specialties - Choose from any combination of the following specialties:
Customization / Integration / Development
Installation
Training
Annual certification – Fulfilled via onsite training and certification, and then renewed annually
Success Story – As a Google Enterprise Professional, you’ll be providing valuable assistance to Google Enterprise customers and we want to share your stories. Partners are required to publish a customer or solution success story.

I have no issue with the program, but I will say that I’d hire CH2M HILL because it’s CH2M HILL, not because it met those requirements.

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 01:06 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

URISA has posted its response to the request for information on new geospatial Line of Business.

I wonder who else responded and if they’ll share their documents, too.

via Import Cartography

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 12:48 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Let’s see if I recall correctly…once upon a time an NGA official denied the 133 cities program existed. Now this, from the LA Times.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is collecting data from 133 U.S. cities; intelligence sources told the Los Angeles Times that, when collection is completed, the agency would be able to identify occupants in each house, their nationality and even their political affiliation.

Great!

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I guess Autodesk wanted this inaugural meeting to be a secret since an announcement about it only appeared on the day of the event, Tuesday.

Someone once suggested to me that Autodesk really wanted to be like ESRI; it wanted a loyal GIS following, a big conference, etc. So, perhaps it makes sense then that Autodesk has a government user meeting, just like ESRI. ESRI hosts a number of specialty conferences and regional events that encourage its users to check in several times a year. That’s good marketing, no doubt.

On the other hand, holding an event like this and not notifying even journalists suggests Autodesk’s event may not have been ready for prime time. Did any readers attend? Was it useful?

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 07:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“For that amount you could pay for every map from here to Tokyo.”

Councilor John O. Matson of Hopkinton, RI on the proposal to hire a “Graphic Information System (or GIS) director” at a cost of $15,120.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 06:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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