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Friday, March 24, 2006

As reported here March 2, a status message from FGDC notes that “The primary NSDI Clearinghouse Search Gateway operated at the USGS EROS Data Center is down. Alternate search Gateways are available at: http://fgdc.ftw.nrcs.usda.gov/gateways.html

The plan was to have the main up by the week of March 13. The main site still reports: “The item you requested does not exist on this server or cannot be served.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In its latest newsletter Bentley announced support for WMS.

The Open Geospatial Consortium’s Web Map Service (WMS) is a standard that allows a client application to display overlaid map images served from multiple services on the Internet. Bentley is making some of our products compliant with the WMS 1.1.1 standard.

The next release of Geo Web Publisher, due in May, can behave as a WMS server. With this version of Geo Web Publisher, you could publish data such as DGN files, GeoGraphics projects, and Oracle Spatial layers to a WMS client.

In the following release of Geo Web Publisher, Geo Web Publisher will also be able to act as a WMS client. This means that you will be able, for example, to define a map on the server that would have different layers coming from different data sources such as DGN files, MicroStation GeoGraphics projects, Oracle Spatial and other WMS servers. The map could then be published by Geo Web Publisher to a WMS client.

Also, we plan to have MicroStation Geospatial Extension be a WMS client. This functionality will be available later in 2006. With this capability, you could use MicroStation to display a layer of information coming from a WMS server.

For those who are confused (I was) Bentley will drop Geographics at XM in favor of the Geospatial Extension.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Loki is the name of Skyhook Wireless’ free software that takes advantage of the company’s Wi-Fi maps to provide navigation in 100 cities in the U.S. The company is Boston-based, so local favorite tech writer Hiawatha Bray, covered the give away in the Boston Globe.

Chief exective Ted Morgan is right on target: ‘‘As a user, you don’t care whether it’s coming from satellite or WiFi. You just want the best possible location.” Skyhook does have a sense of humor; on its “how does it work page” it notes: “Gosh, we really ARE making the web all about you, aren’t we? Makes our Moms pretty darned proud.”

BTW, it was my Mom (and Dad) who passed on this tip! Also, BTW, Loki is the Norse God of deception, trickery, also the name of a cat I once knew.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 12:06 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The General Services Administration (GSA) will put out requests for information (RFIs) and hold industry days a new line of business (LOB) geospatial come April. There will also be opportunities in IT infrastructure and budget formulation. The RFIs will appear early in the month, with industry days, hosted in the DC area, to follow on April 18 and 19.

via GCN

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 07:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Knighted Tim Berners-Lee speaking at Oxford University last week stated that putting “basic, raw data from Ordnance Survey” on the Web would be part of building the “semantic web”, a smarter interation of the one we have now. Full details are in a Gaurdian article.

He goes on to note a moral obligation for the country to make data available, and not just available, but manipulatable. He even mentioned Google Maps type mashups. Berners-Lee has been speaking with OS regarding the issue and there has been discussion of an API for non-commercial use. OS’ CTO Ed Parsons says it could happen within six months, but makes clear, it’s not a free ride. As the author puts it, “those using APIs would be barred from competing with OS’s paying customers, even on a non-commercial basis.”

Berners-Lee feels strongly about making low resolution data free. “There will, if necessary, be a grass-roots remapping,” he semi-threatens. (Several are already underway across the globe.)

The OS has other challenges: it has to respond to complaints from commercial mapping firms that it has been “obstructive and slow” in licensing its data.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 07:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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