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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Ed Parsons reports from Warsaw about the latest story on ESRI’s Google Earth killer, ArcGIS Explorer. Hightlights:

- free 15Mb download
- connects to a dedicated ArcWeb server farm
- support for use other data services including OGC WMS. WFS, ArcIMS and local data
- news interactive navigation tool from a gaming tradition

No word from Ed on the data to be offered by ESRI or the release date. Stay tuned!

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/26 at 09:19 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

RFIDInsights Magazine reports that Sun Microsystems is assisting a beer distributor to track the temperature and age of beer. Noting that no one wants stale beer, the pilot study will hope to determine which kegs need to be shipped to remain fresh. The report also cites that the RFID business is flourishing with an anticipated 900 billion food items and 824 million livestock to be tracked by 2015. Steak and ale anyone?

by Joe Francica on 10/26 at 10:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

John Musser writing in his programmable web blog references a healthy list of Yahoo Maps Mapshups which he in turn found on the Yahoo Maps developer site.

I appreciate that Yahoo, unlike Microsoft, has stepped up with its own developer site, not let some partner run it…

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/26 at 09:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tom at the Institute for Analytical Journalism refers to two newspapers that built Google mashups to track Hurricane Wilma. Maurice Tamman of the Herals Tribune (Sarasota, Florida) put it this way in a post to a discussion group for journalists.

“I’m not sure how much use it’ll get because the storm stayed so south of us. Still, I think it illustrates the flexibility of the Google system over more expensive GIS server solutions, especially for smaller papers.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/26 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

de Blij will highlight the importance of geography in understanding the challenges of our time in a talk at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington DC on November 17. It’s too bad there’s no webcast or podcast or .... de Blij authored the textbook I used to teach World Regional Geography; he’s quite sharp.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/26 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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