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Monday, April 24, 2006

GOLF SMARTER, a podcast that describes how to play each hole on a particular course has gone Google Earth. Now, with the help of a Google Earth savvy listerner, other listener can “follow along” in Google Earth.

I’d love to have my coach and/or some verteran runners offer such a guide for marathons and other key races. “Know the course, lower your score” is the moto of the company behind the podcasts. Clever.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 07:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In-Q-Tel, the venture capital “arm” of the CIA, which funding such start ups as Keyhole (now part of Google) and MetaCarta (still on its own), will not be unique among federal agencies. NASA and the Department of Energy are looking to mimick In-Q-Tel and set up similar investment arms to drive technology for their respective areas in the private sector.

FCW covers the story and notes that NASA is ahead. It’s Red Planet Capital may be up and running in to time to make its first investments in fiscal 2006. Red Planet will “invest in early-stage companies that focus on communications and data systems. NASA is interested in improvements to space suits and technologies that can help astronauts maneuver outside a spacecraft. Its other interests include water recycling, reuse and reduction; technologies that can fix hardware onboard; and biomedical support for exploration missions.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 07:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new version of the the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s spatial data catalogue FAO GeoNet is up an running. The website “provides agricultural information to decision-makers, allowing them to access satellite imagery, interactive maps and spatial databases from FAO, WFP, CGIAR and others” according to a press release.

The site includes a metadata search tool (I believe is uses OGC Catalog Services) as well as an interactive map viewer. The latter supports WMS and ArcIMS servers.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 07:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

SRC this morning announced it would make its Explorer geocoder technology available under an open source license. Directions Media editors offer their interpretation of the move. SRC offers the code and a listserve.

Update: Just today Zillow announced it will use Group 1’s geocoder.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 06:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I was doing some writing (for a client other than Directions Media) about RSS. I felt strongly that in the piece in question, we needed to explain what RSS is, just in case folks are not familiar with the concept. Nope, said the client, “we have to give people credit for something.”

I’d like to assume everyone knows everything, but I’m living proof that’s not the case. And, I’ve run into far too many folks who simply haven’t spent the time to dig into RSS. I think I read a stat (ok, last year’s number) about how some 5% of Web users take advantage of RSS.

And, here’s more proof from Dave Bauwman:

Back at the [ESRI] Developer Summit, I talked to quite a few people about blogs and blogging in general, and many times they would say - “I like to read the GIS blogs, but don’t have time to visit each site every day”. To which I would suggest using a RSS Reader to automatically aggregate the blogs you are interested in. I also said I would post about this - thus this post.

And, here’s some more proof: I’m presenting a session on RSS and other tricks to keep up with the geo-news of the day at an upcoming geo conference. I like to think it’s in part because I convinced one of the folks in charge to check out RSS and he did and was glad he did.

I’m guessing that a signficant proportion of APB readers know about RSS. But, if not, check out Dave’s post. And, if you are one of the savvy, show a friend how easy it is to “cut the Web down to size” via RSS.

Beside, we geo-folks will all need to get more savvy about RSS as GeoRSS becomes more prevalent.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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