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Friday, June 30, 2006

Wording in the Interior Appropriations bill, insures funding for the center to remain open and  to participate in a “fair and open competition to continue future functions of the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center.” (NGTOC) The updated wording from Missouri Senators Talent and Bond passed the Senate Appropriations Committee. Talent is confident the bill will make it through a full senate vote and on the House/Senate Conference committee. Rep Jo Ann Emerson is cautiously optimistic.

USGS director of the office of communication Barbara Wainman spoke for the agency and was quoted in the Rolla Daily News:

We were going to proceed with consolidation. We had chosen Denver. What [yesterday’s development] means is that we will proceed with the consolidation, but the competitive sourcing process will determine the site. It could be won by our employees in Rolla or our employees in Denver or by the private sector.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/30 at 12:09 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s the deal for 60 volunteers will who map weeds in the Uinta National Forest, Utah this summer. The group, mostly members of the Dedicated Hunter program “gain special deer-hunting privileges by putting in a certain number of hours on various projects.” Sounds like a great carrot if that many folks showed up for a training meeting. Participants have to provide their own GPS, which many hunters routinely carry these days. Moreover, these folks likely know how to use them!

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/30 at 07:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

As reported in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered some congressional districts in south Texas to be redrawn based on a 2003 plan developed by Republican House Leader Tom Delay. However, a ruling on Delay’s other redistricting initiatives in the remainder of Texas were upheld citing that overturning the 2003 remapping of Texas districts would encourage other states to undertake new, mid-decade redistricting plans of their own. GIS was used extensively in the 2003 redraw and this was discussed in an interview I did with Dartmouth Professor Ben Forest.

by Joe Francica on 06/30 at 06:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, June 29, 2006

I’ve got two reasons to let you know about a press release sent to me the other day by Scott Tatro, President/Founder of Equias. The release documents that Envirian, a company that provides leads and other services to real estate agents, has licensed the patent for itself and its franchisees use.

Recall that Tatro’s company, Equias Technology Development, is a Master Licensee of the patent in question.  Per Tatro, “Our Agency Licensing agreement has many nuances and lots of legalese to accommodate for potentialities.  The basic premise is an exclusive right (other than REAL llc itself, at its declared $10,000 price point) to resell technology solutions with bundled-in ‘989/’576 licenses into the real estate industry in the USA.  We also have a specifically named target group of potential customers, which REAL would have to compensate us for, if they removed that market opportunity by licensing the entity directly.” I just want to make clear that Mr. Tatro has a vested interest in folks licensing the patent, especially via his company.

So, on to the two reasons this is timely. First off, it’s an update to an article I did last fall on the patent litigation REAL began in the last few years. The topic drew some discussion here at APB, when I reported the real estate arm of Lending Tree had licensed the patent.

Second, it may be a possible example of the “obvious to current practioners” category described in comments on another patent in the last few days.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 11:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

MySQL has issued a white paper with details on how to migrate from Oracle to MySQL. There is not a lot here on spatial data management but for those interested in an open source option, you may want to take a look. MySQL does handle spaitial primitives. (Registration is required to download)

by Joe Francica on 06/29 at 11:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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