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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Missouri Rep. Jo Ann Emerson is not through the her work to keep the USGS mapping center open. Yesterday her ammendment to the 2007 Interior Budget bill to keep Rolla open for another year passed committee on a voice vote.

In an article in the Rolla Daily News Emerson is described as discussing “hookwinking.”

Emerson said congress had been “hookwinked” into thinking that privatizing the USGS operation would save money. “The USGS has lied through their teeth about the whole project,” Emerson said.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/11 at 12:50 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There’s lots of talk about open source in the geospatial community. Will it affect the way organizations buy software? Will it affect the bottom line of current software vendors? I came across an article in CIO Magazine that provides a different perspective from those addressing the broader concern of enterprise computing.

Bottom line: Yes, it will affect how purchases are made and the responsibility shifts to the user for upgrades and maintaining current software versions. Services that are free today will disappear because there is less money generated from the sale of licenses. The result will be less personal attention from your software provider. See the note about Oracle and Ellison’s new approach to software and services support. "Quite brilliant" is the quote from the author. It’s a good read.

by Joe Francica on 05/11 at 10:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Philip Howard, writing at, explains how MapInfo is trying to distinguish between GIS and Location Intelligence.

He offers basically two distinguishers:

The first and most significant difference is that GIS starts with geography and location intelligence doesn’t.
Apart from functionality, the other big difference about location intelligence, as opposed to GIS, is that the latter tends to be departmental and localised: in other words, bought for a specific purpose that has something to do with geography.

I personally don’t find those earth shattering and am not sure I by the second one, in these days of even small enterprise GISs for cities popping up.

More interesting to me is the idea that MapInfo is trying to draw out this distinction. “The key question is whether MapInfo can establish location intelligence as distinct from GIS,” says Howard. I don’t think that’s a key question. MapInfo has distinguished itself as THE GIS provider of choice for business since the early days. What that’s called is moot. And, I applaud MapInfo for its subtle use of the term Location Intelligence (whether the company coined it or not). Unlike other who try to cram new terms down our throats (a certain CAD company comes to mind), this is far more subtle.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/11 at 06:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I read a post to discussion board that sounded odd. It basically said, “Hey anyone signed up for the Tele Atlas developer network?” I thought it odd since I’d never heard of it. It doesn’t appear Tele Atlas has officially announced the program.

I Googled the program name and found a host of similar posts on all sorts of boards - gaming, developer, cell phone, etc. Here’s the text of one from April 21:

I work with Tele Atlas and they are launching a new program called DeveloperLink that offers free access to Tele Atlas map data and prototyping tools to assist developers in the software development process. It’s a great fit with mobile phone technology as GPS’s penetration and demand for location based software (LBS) increases. Because 65% of LBS applications are based on Tele Atlas data, DeveloperLink will be an invaluable resource to assist you in the development of your mobile phone applications. Anyone can apply and it’s free to join, so I strongly encourage you to sign up: Let me know what you think once you have had a chance to check it out, we appreciate your input.

I’m not comfortable with this marketing approach from a classy company like Tele Atlas.

The actual site has a few more requirements and notes your app needs approval.

To become a member, you must represent a legal entity – such as a corporation, LLC, or university – and certify that you intend to develop a geographically enabled application. If your organization meets those criteria, all you need to do is complete the online application and agree to our terms of use. Once your application has been approved, you’ll be given immediate access to all of the program’s resources.


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

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
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