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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Why? Says P.L. referenced by Search Engine Watch (you guys are right on top of things!): “in order to provide users with an optimal download experience.” Expect the downloads to start up again soon.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 07:54 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Nat Torkington from O’Reilly has published his entire “welcome” address from today’s Where 2.0 conference. He notes the amazingness of Google Maps and how “the traditional map creators look on nervously.” He notes too that “Value has been the big unanswered question around the Google Maps development: where’s the money coming from? How can Google continue to offer this for free, when they pay companies like Navteq (speaking later today) for the mapping data they use?” My colleague Joe Francica has asked that very question of Google and others. Nat suggests the answer is syndicated local search for the users of Google Maps and other platforms.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 07:52 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In May, the U.S. Census bureau awarded a sole source contract to Acquis, Inc. for their Acquis Data Editor (ADE) to support topology editing within the Oracle 10g Topology Data Model. Acquis, an Irish company, won the $21 million contract. According to the notice posted on FedBizOps, "the Geography Division has made the decision to use Oracle’s Topology Data Model in the redesign of the MAF/TIGER database."

by Joe Francica on 06/29 at 09:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If you missed it, ESRI has extended the deadline for registering for the conference and other related events (social ones, too) to July 1. That’s Friday! To encourage participation in the preconference survey, ESRI is offering participants a fee Virtual Campus workshop. That’s a great idea!

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 08:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Roughly 1 in 50 computer-generated directions is a dud, according to Doug Richardson, the executive director for the Association of American Geographers. He blames inaccurate road information for most of the failures.” Richardson was quoted in the New York Times (free registration required). I wonder how he came up with that number?

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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