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Monday, April 24, 2006

I got word on Friday about a new blog covering GeoRSS - that’s not the W3C GeoRSS, but the “new” one created by a group of savvy geospatial folks. You’ll be hearing more about this in the coming weeks/month so it’s good to jump in early.

GeoRSS got quite a lot of buzz at our Location Intelligence Conference and is now “sponsored by” OGC, among others. So what is it? Basically, its an encoding for geography information to be placed in RSS feeds. Then, if you point the feed at a client that knows how to read GeoRSS, it can use that info, to say, post the items on a map. This idea, if widely implemented, will mean nearly any one can “mashup” geo-enabled RSS feeds for fun and profit.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, April 21, 2006

Google Maps Mania notes this change and I found some further explanations in this comment on another blog.

Bottom line? This is a good move, simplifying life for users and journalists! Other companies involved in geospatial should take heed.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/21 at 07:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A article “Georgia maps future with Ajax,” pings interest with the words Ajax and maps in the title. But then, to my surprise, talks little about mapping. Instead it relates to the underlying platform strategy, which includes none of those companies swirling in the mapping buzz: Google, ESRI, et. al.

Who gets the plugs? 

GDOT is moving from ColdFusion on Macromedia’s old JRun server to Java applications running on BEA WebLogic Server built with WebLogic tools.

Chambers said the architecting of the BEA WebLogic-based services is being done by IBM consultants using the Rational Software Architect tool. When new servicess are ready for testing, GDOT relies on quality assurance tools from Compuware Corp.

Also amusing is this comment on once “hot and hip” ColdFusion:

Despite its almost senior citizen status as a scripting language, Chambers [IT applications administrator, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)] says, “It’s a great RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool.”

Seriously, though, do any geospatial companies make any money on this new website?

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/21 at 06:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I got an e-mail today from Bentley. I was addressed thus:

“Dear EPC,”

I felt silly as I had no idea I was an EPC. And, not suprisingly, I didn’t know what an EPC was…

After some searching, first via Google, then on the company’s website, I learned it means “engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).”

Suggestion: Maybe, just maybe, it’s worth defining an acronym before addressing someone with it?

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 11:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’ve been asking the same question since the launch of Autodesk’s Design Web Format, DWF: what’s in it for those of us in GIS? I got few answers and so far as I recall no demonstrations that even used GIS data in DWF. That said, Autodesk staff maintained it was widely used by customers in the Infrastructure Solutions Division, ISD.

So, I was gratified to find, on a mechanical CAD website a press release about an actual presentation by Jonathan Knowles, Autodesk Global Collaboration Strategist, at ACSM, next week, talking about how DWF is helping a mapping focussed client, Lincoln Electric Systems. “Lincoln Electric Systems is leveraging DWF to provide its field maintenance crews with immediate access to nearly 40,000 construction maps, drawings and schematics from any location.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 07:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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