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Monday, March 27, 2006

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 FCW.com 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

MapQuest quietly extended the deadline for its competition until May 1 “by popular demand” and allowed Canadians to participate (except those in Quebec) according to a post on the company’s blog. Full, updateds rules (pdf) are now online.

The contest built around the API announced March 7 was supposed to end March 31. I’m not a programmer, but if I had real job, too I know I’d want a few more weekends to learn and play with the interface. I suspect limited numbers of entries encouraged the deadline extension. Whenever an announcement says “by popular demand,” suspect something else is really at work.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 06:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Funding of mash-up efforts are few and far between the article (free registration may be required) notes, pointing to Platial as the exception. One concern of investors is that its rather easy for someone else to come along and do the same thing. “The current things people are doing with Google Maps are cute but they don’t add value,” said Peter Rip, managing director of Leapfrog Ventures in Menlo Park, Calif.

An interesting tidbit comes from Palatial founder Di-Ann Eisnor:

For example, she pointed to the site’s goal of aggregating many layers of content onto the site, so that a single map can offer information on crime as well as, say, architecture.

Ohmygoodness, it’s starting to sound like GIS!

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 06:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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