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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

[Update] Stefan at Ogle Earth found more factual errors in the article.

Per ZDnet, Michael Jones announced at AGI in London the company has moved a feature previously only avaiable in GE Pro (which costs money) to GE (free). The feature provides a slider so that users can see data (think of a car in motion) as it moves through time.

The feature is all about context and Jones had to speak to Google not up-to-date imagery:

Google Earth’s tendency to use photographs that are often out of date would not diminish the usefulness of the time-tracking functionality, as the basic application was primarily a tool to provide context, Jones explained.

One oops from the article made me laugh since geostionary satellites stay in the same place over the earth:

Jones also described how the new version would enable users to track all of the geostationary satellites orbiting the earth.

There is new data in GE, too, including “15cm resolution for the first time to areas such as the Netherlands and Japan.”

Microsoft was also at AGI and Vincet Tao showed off Bird’s Eye View (Pictometry data) and StreetSide, which have been around for a while. The new news from Microsoft:

MSN Virtual Earth was also being integrated into Outlook and Windows Live Messenger, said Tao, and users would soon be able to overlay floorplans into the application.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 10:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

IBM India Research has put together technology that allows mobile users to find both fixed and mobile providers of services. IDG explains that the idea is to combine both relative location (is the plumber already in the neighborhood?) with other rating factors (reputation, feedback from other users of the services, etc.) to provide a list with the most desireable provider at the top of the list.

It’s not all that novel, but its interesting IBM is researching it.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 10:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s the news relayed in a press release this morning. Sununu has had a longterm relationship with the company; he advocated for the company back in 2001.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 09:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An article in the Rocky Mountain News on GIWIS, a Dept. of Labor funded website to highlight jobs in geospatial to be launched in pilot form on Wednesday, describes DigitalGlobe as a “commercial spy satellite operator.” Oracle is described as a “software maker.” I’d have described DigitalGlobe as perhaps a “commercial imaging satellite operator” but “spy” does work for me.

I’m hopeful the website, put together by GITA and AAG, will offer valuable and accurate descriptions of companies and jobs available.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 08:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There is no mention of the open source geospatial event going on in Switzerland this week, but ZDNet Asia offers up an interview with Autodesk’s Geoff Zeiss on the company’s decision to open source its new web mapping software.

Of note:

Although MapGuide Open Source has to date recorded 10,000 downloads, Zeiss could not reveal what proportion of these had converted to MapGuide Enterprise [the Autodesksupported offering]. Still, he noted that large companies in the utilities and telecoms sectors are “probably more interested in what MapGuide can do, than the fact that it is open source”.

Zeiss added: “But, governments would expect the open source part of it to be most interesting. Those guys would tend to download and use [MapGuide] for a longer time before they decide to work out an arrangement with Autodesk.”


by Adena Schutzberg on 09/12 at 08:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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