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Friday, October 14, 2005

The folks at Very Spatial point out that ESRI is hosting podcasts of opening day presentations from this year’s user conference and the keynote from its Homeland Security Conference. I guess I’m not doing a very good job keeping up with ESRI…

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/14 at 01:39 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s the title of an article in the Christian Science Monitor about a San Jose State students mapping the poorest parts of that community. The idea is that while digital maps of the area are available, information on the condition of public spaces is not. The data collection efforts, its hoped, will give the community a voice.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/14 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Bryan Tidd manages IT for the city of Canton, Georgia and he’s an open source guy.He admits in an interview with SearchOpenSource.com that some platforms simply can’t be switched to Linux:

“Yes, currently some of my development tools only run on Windows (ESRI ArcInfo, for one). Then, there are those [users] dead set on Microsoft Office.”

That said he’s “working on a Macromedia Flex-, ESRI ArcIMS-based Internet GIS [geographical information system] application [running on Linux]. It is to connect spatial and relational data to make information more approachable and available by putting imagery and data together. One instance would be thermally mapping water usage in the city to assist in the water and sewer capital improvement plans.” You’ll be hearing more from people like Bryan in the coming years, fear not.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/14 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Bottom line: “Log onto the Web site, enter your address, and you receive a list of places that would deliver to you, along with menus and a confirmation that the establishment’s currently open.” Oddly, the writer of the article at Philly.com explains it this way: “They ended up programming http://www.EatNow.com with a GPS radio receiver, a technology that uses latitude and longitude to determine whether a potential customer lives within a restaurant’s delivery area.” Yeah, ok, whatever. The business however, which actually confirms the restaurant delivers to the address AND allows easy confirmation that it’s open, definitely has an edge.

Update 10/20/05.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/14 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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