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Thursday, May 11, 2006

I admit it, I didn’t even know it was Google Press Day on Wednesday. I wasn’t invited. Ralph Grabowski knew about it. Here are some geo tidbits from his extensive coverage:

Google Maps API [applications programming interface] is the most popular of Google APIs.

Stuff we inthe media might have missed:
- Google Pack (not missed, just uninteresting)
- Google Maps for Mobile (don’t have a device that it works with)...

Q: Will real-time images of weather be possible on Google Earth?
A: It would be wonderful, but is unlikely to happen soon because of the number of satellites required.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/11 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

For those of you who missed the Oracle Spatial Special Interest Group (SIG) in Tampa two weeks ago, you can now view the speaker presentations online at the Oracle Spatial website.

Members of the Austalian SIG conducted a meeting of their group in February and their presentations have also been posted.

Also, for those interested in joining the SIG, the group has formalized its relationship and is now part of the larger Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). The Spatial SIG has also appointed a new board as follows:

  Kevin Kelly, Cuyahoga Couty, Ohio, Chair
  Robin Parrish, eSpatial, Vice Chair
  Sean Solberg, Power Min-Max, Technical Chair
  Fred Limp, Univ. of Arkansas, Secretary
  Stephen Brockwell, Autodesk, Business Leadership
  David Lapp, Farallon and Joe Seppi, Michael Baker, Communications
  Richard Clement, State of Alaska, Technical Liason
  Jim Ried, ADCi, Membership
  Jim Steiner, Oracle Representative

by Joe Francica on 05/10 at 05:10 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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
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