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Monday, April 03, 2006

“Although he sometimes takes a ribbing for working in the ‘Department of Pretty Pictures,’ [Marlborough, Massachusetts’ GIS Administrator Nathaniel] Bowen said GIS maps can show how information relates to other data.”

Metrowest Daily News article on GIS in Massachusetts towns.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/03 at 07:34 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Today at LI we are hosting workshops by the big and no big players in LI/geospatial. The buzz seems to be about the upgrade of Google Maps API from version 1 to 2. Alongside that is a slight change in licensing titled “Friendlier Terms” by Brett Taylor in the Official Google Maps API blog. Google has “upped” the magic number of transactions beyond which one much “contact them” to 500,000 and promises to give 90 days notice before ads appear.

These are two issues which come up from time to time for developers, so it’ll be interesting to see if these changes appease them. If not, there are quite a few other players here who want to talk about terms of use and licensing.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/03 at 04:14 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Directions Magazine contributer Atanas sent on an AP story he saw on the main Yahoo News page about Pictometry. Some of it is the regular “rah rah” story. But I found these tidbits of interest:

The privately held company, based in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta, employs 105 people, is profitable and boasts a perennial doubling of sales that could top $100 million by 2008. Courted by the likes of   Bill Gates, it has been showered with calls from Wall Street this year about its potential plans to go public.

Hmm - go public. When’s the last time an image acquisition company went public? I can’t think of one off hand.

The partnership gave the world’s largest software maker a distinct edge in a newly evolving “visual GPS” category of online mapping. Google Earth’s three-dimensional maps, by contrast, rely on elongated satellite images.

Visual GPS? I don’t think that’s Microsoft’s buzzword and I’ve never heard it from Pictometry. Maybe the AP is making up geospatial buzzwords?

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/02 at 12:17 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Recall that before Google acquired Keyhole, Keyhole was sued by Skyline Software Systems of patent infringement. The first hearings on that matter suggest that the judge in the case is leaning toward Google’s understanding (c|net) of some of the pertinent ideas in the patent. The patent,  6,496,189, dates to 2002 and describes “a method of providing data blocks describing three-dimensional terrain to a renderer.” The next phase of the case will be late this fall.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/02 at 11:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, March 31, 2006

The latest poll maps (using data from Survey USA) show just how much things have changed since 2004. You can now go from coast to coast without passing through a state with more than 45% approval ratings for President Bush. It’s blue from sea to shining sea.

There is also an animation here (or if down due to bandwidth another version here).

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/31 at 08:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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