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Monday, April 24, 2006

A new version of the the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s spatial data catalogue FAO GeoNet is up an running. The website “provides agricultural information to decision-makers, allowing them to access satellite imagery, interactive maps and spatial databases from FAO, WFP, CGIAR and others” according to a press release.

The site includes a metadata search tool (I believe is uses OGC Catalog Services) as well as an interactive map viewer. The latter supports WMS and ArcIMS servers.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 07:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

SRC this morning announced it would make its Explorer geocoder technology available under an open source license. Directions Media editors offer their interpretation of the move. SRC offers the code and a listserve.

Update: Just today Zillow announced it will use Group 1’s geocoder.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 06:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I was doing some writing (for a client other than Directions Media) about RSS. I felt strongly that in the piece in question, we needed to explain what RSS is, just in case folks are not familiar with the concept. Nope, said the client, “we have to give people credit for something.”

I’d like to assume everyone knows everything, but I’m living proof that’s not the case. And, I’ve run into far too many folks who simply haven’t spent the time to dig into RSS. I think I read a stat (ok, last year’s number) about how some 5% of Web users take advantage of RSS.

And, here’s more proof from Dave Bauwman:

Back at the [ESRI] Developer Summit, I talked to quite a few people about blogs and blogging in general, and many times they would say - “I like to read the GIS blogs, but don’t have time to visit each site every day”. To which I would suggest using a RSS Reader to automatically aggregate the blogs you are interested in. I also said I would post about this - thus this post.

And, here’s some more proof: I’m presenting a session on RSS and other tricks to keep up with the geo-news of the day at an upcoming geo conference. I like to think it’s in part because I convinced one of the folks in charge to check out RSS and he did and was glad he did.

I’m guessing that a signficant proportion of APB readers know about RSS. But, if not, check out Dave’s post. And, if you are one of the savvy, show a friend how easy it is to “cut the Web down to size” via RSS.

Beside, we geo-folks will all need to get more savvy about RSS as GeoRSS becomes more prevalent.

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

I’ve been involved with organizing New England GIS 2006 (NEGIS) scheduled for May 9 and 10 in Danvers, Massachusetts. This is truly a regional GIS conference which includes, among other things, a “state of states panel,” a session on funding, a birds of a feather for municipal GIS managers, discussions of public records issues along with many technical sessions. If you are in New England and budget limit your travel, this is a great one to visit. (Fees go up May 1st.)

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

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
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