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Thursday, April 20, 2006

I noticed that ESRI has starting putting out press releases on at least some new hires. I believe that’s something new. See for example, this one about the new Commercial Business Industry Solutions Manager. (Is it me or is that one looooong title?) Other Industry Managers hired in recent months (survey, telcom) also had releases about their new jobs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 07:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Search Engine Watch pointed me to a new Google data API, GData:

The Google data APIs (“GData” for short) provide a simple standard protocol for reading and writing data on the web. GData combines common XML-based syndication formats (Atom and RSS) with a feed-publishing system based on the Atom publishing protocol, plus some extensions for handling queries.

The big enhancement to its format, says Google is that it allows clients to query and get responses from a server. You can even add to, delete or update Web resources via GData. (I think those are called transactions, based on my limited understanding of Web services.)

My first thoughts are that this is a good idea. My second is that I want to be able to query about location. I’ve been reading up on GeoRSS and I hope there’s a way to incorporate its ideas into GData.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 07:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I think we better start thinking of Google as an enterprise information player and if you haven’t considered that already, take a look at CH2M HILL’s partnership with Google. Google is now a platform…no longer just a search engine and with the annoucement of Google OneBox you have transactional information along with other Google tools like calendars and email and books online, etc. ... oh, yeah, maps too. So, put it all together and what do you have…the biggest threat yet to Microsoft Office…and maybe Oracle…because really what you want is just information from some data repository on the net…it may just happen to be in an Oracle database somewhere. Maybe the end game is just an RSS feed from an Oracle database, filtered through a predictive analytics program from SAS and all of a sudden something shows up on a Google Map. I remember that Microsoft was accused once of wanting to own your desktop. In reality, that’s what Google is after except no one has called them on it yet.


by Joe Francica on 04/19 at 01:17 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Washington Technology attened the two “practioner days” around the Office of Management and Budget and General Services Administration’s RFI for a geospatial LOB. Officials are not saying much, but instead noted they wanted “big ideas.”

At yesterday’s events, government officials could provide few specifics about how the LOBs will take shape, saying instead that the responses to the RFIs will determine where the process goes.

And just want kind of input does the government want? For one, steer clear of any marketing materials, Young and the panel warned. This isn’t about products and services; this is about change, they said.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/19 at 10:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Couples counseling is more of a Google Local kind of service…”

- Dave Evans, a consultant on online dating and the like. This is not something you’d have heard a year ago and it’s a sign of the times. By the way, it’s worth mentioning that other adult services are also very “local.” I think it was the CIO from Iowa who spoke at a recent Geospatial World who reminded us to look at that industry for the cutting edge uses of technology…

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/19 at 10:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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