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Friday, March 10, 2006

Udpate 3/10 - Gail Norton just resigned.

On Wednesday Missouri Representative Jo Ann Emerson continued her efforts on behalf of the USGS Mapping Center in Rolla. Instead of enquiring about the process that has lead to the Rolla center being closed and consolidation in Denver, Emerson questioned whether the USGS could in fact get its work done in Denver.

My chief concern at this point in the process is that USGS does not seem to be equipped to continue its mapping functions in full once operations cease at the Rolla arm of the mission.

  She went on to list “functions support vital earthquake preparedness and response plans along the New Madrid Fault, which DHS has said is their number two priority for domestic natural disaster preparedness in the nation” as one area of concern. She asked Norton to “explore the option of, instead of closing the Rolla MidContinent Mapping Center, defining a ‘virtual,’ consolidated National Geospatial Technical Center of Operations” which she offered as as cost effective compromise. Norton will comment by week’s end.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/10 at 09:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Inquirer (UK) has picked up on Intergraph’s choice of Colin Powell to speak at its user even this spring. It notes some of his requirements for speaking:

A report last month in The Times suggested that Powell proposes a stiff £75,000 per personal appearance, plus riders that would make a heavy-metal band jealous.

Powell’s requests include a “Lear 60 or larger” private jet to get to his destination, a “wooden (not Plexiglas) lectern” from which to speak and various other demands regarding autographs, photo-ops and the like.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/10 at 08:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The assistant to the mayor of Madison Alabama (I believe parts of Intergraph are based there) speaks about potential additions to the new city website:

GPS interactive mapping is one interest that has been expressed. That way residents could type in their address and see where nearby parks are located, where their polling place is, who their city council representative is, and much more.

Someone at Intergraph want to explain how GPS works to these folks?

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/10 at 07:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Google’s recent stock tumble had Computing (UK) talking about the company’s efforts to grow business use of all its products, including, says the author, “looking at Google Earth for businesses, giving companies access to its online mapping system.”

Roberto Solimene, Google Enterprise director for Europe, put that in perspective:

Some 70 to 80 per cent of investment is put into making the search experience better. That means we can spend 30 per cent on other things such as Google Earth, but they are not core to our business.

That’s a key differentiator between the Googles and Microsofts of the world and the ESRIs and MapInfos.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 08:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Mining and construction giant Thiess of Australia admits to having bandwidth challenges (Computerworld), especially for its workers in remote areas of the country. Instead of buying a bigger pipe, the company tries to manage use. For example, it limited music downloads for employees. But, it did not “ban Google Earth” as one company did. Says corporate telecommunications manager Ben Creevey:

Music is one of the biggest demands we have seen at the enterprise level, about 60Gig per month from various radio stations is downloaded, but as soon as we block one site another one comes up. Google earth was also a major hit on the network, but we did not block it because there are business applications for its use.

I’m sure there are corporate uses for Google Earth (I wonder if they are using the commercial version?), but really, folks will use it for other things, no?

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/09 at 08:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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