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Friday, April 07, 2006

Tina Hay is the editor of the Penn State alumni magazine. I’ve never met her, but always read her editorials which sometimes relate to Penn State, but most often do not. Her last dispatch compared her grandmother’s amazement with the radio (the new technology of the grandmother’s time) with her amazement at Google Earth (the new technology of her time). The difference, reports Hay, is that her grandmother didn’t seem concerned about what sort of music came out of the radio, simply that it music came out. Hay finds herself immediately critical of Google Earth’s imagery since it’s not of high enough resolution in the areas in which she is interested. A colleague suggested the radio leap was far larger than the Google Earth leap which may be a factor. Still the generational expectations revealed are interesting to note.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/07 at 07:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Conversations over dinner one night echoed those of a representative from STI: PopStats in the closing session: free websites generate value for the company behind them. In the case of those providing APIs this is information about what sorts of maps are requested for what areas/topics. In the case of PopStats, its free website (I apologize for not writing down the name) offers but a subset of its demographic data, and gives the company a clue about its use and helps it determine in what sort of data to invest in for its “for fee” data.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/07 at 07:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There seemed to be quite a number of Mac users among the presenters; many had to ask how to remove the PowerPoint menu from the screen.

A crowd of programmers in t-shirts filled two couches Monday afternoon coding a mashup to be shown on Tuesday. Several of them were on Macs.

I saw but one mashup that I found confusing in the sense that I tough I’d have a hard time navigating it: MapZierge.com. The app is a mashup of events and maps aimed at planning a day or evening out. MapQuest commissioned it (said, “build us something cool” as I undertand it) from Seisan Consulting, unlike many “home brew” mashups. BTW, I couldn’t get it to work today.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/07 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“My stuff works with your stuff and I don’t care how the *&^$ it happens.”

- Carl Reed, CTO of OGC, paraphrasing an Australian government official, defining interoperability

“The biggest question we still get is about moving CAD data into GIS.”

- Don Murray of Safe Software commenting on interoperability challenges.

“The number of Java developers and the number of .Net developers of MapPoint are equal.”

“At this point I’d give the industry a C/C- on interoperability. If we are not up to a B+ in a year or two years, shame on us.”

Steve Lombardi of Microsoft

“The barriers to adoption of open source technology in geospatial are mental.”

Gary Lang, Autodesk

 

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

Thursday, April 06, 2006

“Google didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment.”

Non-response from Google in c|net overview of Pushpin from Placebase, a new map API offering that mimics much of Google Maps’ look and feel. I looked at Pushpin, too. I don’t expect Google to say they love or hate it, but perhaps commenting on their licensing/support would be appropriate and perhaps clean up some misperceptions.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/06 at 09:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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