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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Says the press release, “CensusTrax is an on-line interactive web GIS service to quickly retrieve, map and export US Census data.” It goes on: “It will be available as an inexpensive on-line subscription service in the near future. For now, while it is still in this beta version, it is freely available to anyone who wants to use it:”

That’s fine; what concerns me is that it’s a Google Maps mashup and it’s my understanding that you can’t use Google Maps in any app that’s not freely available. Perhaps I have that wrong?

Also interesting: to built the app, GeoGraphs/Urban Explorer had to tap into Yahoo’s geocoder since Google doesn’t offer one in its API. The app uses Flash.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 06:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, March 27, 2006

Google is at it again. Lots of electronic ink covers this (Search Engine Journal, Shimon Sandler (image included), Web Pro News) Should we be excited?

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 07:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The A-76 jobs competition, halted briefly while investigators determined whether the process of selecting Denver as the site of the new NGTOC for USGS was valid, is back on track. The latest time frame, according to is “to issue a request for proposals in June and award a contract in March 2007.”

USGS spokespeople say that “fifty-nine workers have accepted buyouts offered in December and late February,” and others are being helped to find new positions. Further, “USGS is working with the Defense Department’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to transfer as many as 100 employees from the Rolla center to NGA’s offices in St. Louis.”

Sandra Hoyle, a USGS cartographic technician and acting president of the local union in Denver has been outspoken in her belief that the USGS plans to outsource mapping jobs. In a message to FCW last week, she said she’s been asked not to make any further comments on the topic.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 07:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Two weeks ago we asked if you’d be involved in the upcoming competitions offered by several geospatial software/services providers. Responses were even between “yes it’s good for me” and “no way.” Each received 25% of the 17 votes. 20% said “I might” and the remaining 15% said, it’s “marketing hoopla” and not worth the time.

Next up: What’s up with Spatial Information Management? Vote on the lower right hand site of our main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, March 24, 2006

ClickZ reports that the application, submitted in September 2004, was recently made public. The patent describes a method that uses hotspot location and other factors (nature of the population of the users of the hotspot, for example) to serve appropriate ads to users of the connection.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 06:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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