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Friday, April 07, 2006

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: 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

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

As an academic I’m only too aware that many people think of academia as an ivory tower with little practical application. All theory and no cattle, so to speak.

Adena has mentioned that from her perspective the AAG is “staying the course as an academic organization.”

So there’s an interesting article by Gill Valentine in Progress in Human Geography on how geography can be more socially and politically committed. Valentine asks if geographers have paid too much attention to theory and getting the next article out. Are we disengaged theorists?

If so, what to do? Valentine sees this as a matter of ethics, that is, it is only ethical to get stuck in and get involved, or in a phrase she likes “living ethically and acting politically.”

If she’s to be believed then, the answer to all this is that geographers act more politically, either in the classroom by bringing political issues to the fore, or by being socially and politically involved (eg., in policy issues).

Does this sound reasonable?

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/05 at 03:21 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share filed a suit against Intel at the end of March after recieving a letter from Intergraph lawyers alleging it breached patents on Pentium systems it sold. The company feels that Intel should “indemnify, defend and hold it harmless” from any Integraph patent infringement claim. The Intergraph Intel agreement granted Intel a license, but apparently not and others. Thus, they eventually can be sued.


by Adena Schutzberg on 04/05 at 11:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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