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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Government Technology has a breathless article about the increase in usage of Kentucky’s custom state park mapping website. Where did the amazing increase in use come from? Linking to the site from the state’s homepage and the pages of the individual parks. No, really! The site went live at the beginning of this year. “During late September a link was placed on the Kentucky State Parks home page, and in early October links were also added to each state park’s individual Web page. The new links allowed users to zoom directly to a map of each park within the Kentucky State Parks mapping site. The result of placing these links on the individual state park Web pages was nothing short of amazing.”

So, what have we learned? To bring people to your website, advertise it on sites where people with an interest in the topic might visit! Hard to believe this actually happened or is actually news in the geospatial or Web or government arena! I note it here only to point out its absurdity.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Knight Ridder reports on James Spilker and Per Enge, two of the founders of the Stanford Center for Position, Navigation and Time. Spilker, a founder of navigation chip startup Rosum (the folks who use TV signals to determine location indoors and out) and one of the creators of GPS, feels GPS is just getting started.

The center has a goal of creating a navigation system capable of locating objects within one centimeter, maybe within 20 years. Parts of the solution involve integration inertial navigation tools in the GPS receivers and developing better antennae.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

USA Today has a poll alongside an article about Google Maps Mobile. It asks: “Do you think Google’s map application for mobiles will spell the doom of GPS devices?” What they mean to ask, I believe, is whether Google Maps combined with phones will replace dedicated GPS navigation devices. As written the question seems to suggest that Google has found a replacement for GPS as location technology.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Our last poll asked why you read this blog. The 32 respondents’ replies broke down this way: 41% said it offered material not found elsewhere, 25% its regular updating, the remainder pointed to “other,” the usefulness of the material for their work, and comments.

This month we tackle podcasts: How many podcasts (on any topic) have you listened to in the last month? Check out the poll on the lower right hand side of our main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ready? “The MX product line continues to evolve, offering enhanced features and capabilities. Self-contained CAD functionality, engineering components, design-to-field technology, and new visualization tools all form part of the XM Edition of MX.” Deeper in the PR you get sentences like this: “The stand-alone version of MX XM, however, will now include high-quality CAD drafting functionality, allowing MX users to design, enhance, and produce contract drawings and to save their work in either DGN or DWG format.”

That’s what happens when you acquire technology called MX, as in MX Roads, and your latest release is MicroStation V8 XM Edition.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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