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Monday, April 10, 2006

LI 2006 seemed to me a convergence of sorts. As the conference chairman, my opinion is obviously biased but my subjective observation is that the event had a similar feel to the original Business Geographics conference in 1993. At that event, geospatial software providers and geographic data vendors met, networked and produced some startling partnerships thereafter. I would suggest that LI 2006 could produce similar results.

Vendors and attendees represented an eclectic mix of technology perspectives. From Immersive Media to Planet 9 Studios to Lucent Technologies, there were some very interesting people roaming the floor. From traditional mapping to mashups, you could not help but see cross pollenization taking place. I’d have to say that if there was a successful conclusion to the event, the reason would be the ability for a variety of technologists to come together in one, neutral venue and talk about their plans to make money with location technology.

Geoff Zeis from Autodesk suggested to me that the conference represented an ‘infection point’ in the industry. I’m too close to the situation to offer an opinion one way or another. In any technology adoption curve there are inflection points, growth, maturity, but then some other catatlyst must enter to create another inflection point in order for trends to be sustained. I’d like to think that we offered an opportunity for growth to continue and where on the adoption curve we are now is hard to judge. But suffice to say, we will try to break the mold again next year and offer more opportunities to continue the discussion.


by Joe Francica on 04/10 at 01:32 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Geoff Zeiss found that the event “confirmed to me what I suggested in my last blog, that the geospatial industry is undergoing a period of major transformation.”
Between the Poles

Rafe Needleman of c|net popped in to visit with Placebase. He notes that it offers different licensing than Google, and does not have the “bandwidth limitations Google puts on maps used in mashups.”
Alpha (the c|net blog)

Greg Sterling, whose blog covers the media, notes “I don’t even think the folks at the conference are themselves totally aware of all the possibilities.” He’s right.

Ed Parsons summarizes a panel in which he participated and notes, “the mash-up session felt like a similar session 10 years ago, when the same applications were developed using the first generation of desktop GIS, the technology has changed but the commercial markets are the same ?”

Finally, Jim Steiner from Oracle was good enough to share his notes on the event at Directions Magazine.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/10 at 10:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget have put out a Request for Information (RFI) “seeking industry input for ways to create across-the-board geospatial data and capabilities as the government starts work on establishing the Geospatial Line of Business.” Responses to the RFI, for which no monetary incentive is offered, are due May 5; there’ll be an Industry Day in DC on April 18.

Questions respondents should answer include: In which data themes of national importance is there opportunity for increased effectiveness, efficiency and cost savings; what are the critical change management issues and best practices for successful transition to and full implementation of common solutions; what cultural impediments and training issues need to be addressed; and, what are the top three factors for coordinating the use of geographic information.

I feel like we in the industry have been poking at those questions for some time. I wonder if the government will get further than we did?


by Adena Schutzberg on 04/10 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Paul Flessner, Microsoft senior vice president of data and storage platforms was interviewed by CRN last week and offered this somewhat hazy vision of the company’s plans for geospatial.

You will see an investment in spatial indexing, geometry libraries. I want to do a good job supporting ESRI and other geo-spatial guys and make a good library available so if you can’t afford those packages do good spatial analysis with out them.

When might we see something? Four to six years, maybe fewer.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

First off, I love that headline, taken from the online verison of the Barnet (UK) paper. The chips in question will be used, if approved, to track when and how much garbage is thrown out by each household. Those with quite a lot would be encouraged to recycle more.  Of course there are allegations of “spying” but the important thing about this discussion is that it’s not “location-based” per se. It’s more about who’s “wheelie bin” is overfull. Said another way, “RFID is not just for tracking whereabouts anymore.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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