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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Directions editor-in-chief, Joe Francica, spoke with Rob Shanks, president of GlobeXplorer, on the business model of Web services, the availability of specific products and the interest level that exists for purchasing Web services. Shanks also provides some interpretation of the results from Directions Magazine’s annual GIS Survey which asked respondents to express their interest in Web services as well as a perspective on some of the technological issues of satellite imagery such as higher spatial resolution and the launching of “microsatellites.” The 18 minute interview was recorded on September 13, 2006.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/19 at 10:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The war is on: face to face meetings (which airlines support) and Web conferencing (which Webex and others support). Facinating. So much so the New York Times covered the battle.

via TechDirt

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/19 at 07:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I don’t mean to embarass our new blogger, Marc Prioleau, VP of Marketing at deCarta, but this appeared in Forbes yesterday:

DeCarta, with about 70 employees, for years struggled to provide location services for the blind, but now serves up 2 billion maps per month to search engines at $1 per 1,000 maps.

You do the math!

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/19 at 07:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Search Engine Journal (among others) reports that the updated Picasa photo service owned by Google now integrates with Google Earth.

This from a post by a Google Picassa engineer on a blog:

Oh, and we also made Picasa work with Google Earth, so you can put information about where you went on vacation into the photos themselves, and then, view your shots on a 3-D globe.

Ok, so that’s now required of online mapping sites for consumers. Great. But, what if I want something simpler, something that doesn’t require a download, like say, linking my Picasa photos to Google Maps? Maybe I can do that via Google tools? Apparently that’s a go in Flickr. Come to think of it, and I’ve been meaning to mention this for a while, buzz for Google Maps has dropped like stone in my experience over the last few months. You only hear about GE. Yes, 3D is sexy, no argument.

But, speaking for myself (and trying not offend my 3D loving friends and colleagues), 3D is a challenge. You need a dedicated client for the Web in nearly all cases. You need to drive the flying tool. It takes longer to load.

Ok, so maybe I’m old; I’m 42. (You an find that out so easily I have no reason, or interest, in hiding it!) I didn’t grow up with 3D video games. I loved playing Pong with my brother (or against myself) on our TRS 80 and later could handle nothing beyond Defender. I get sick on virtual reality rides (like the Star Trek one in Vegas.). I could not even make out the 3D effect with the stereoscope in my remote sensing class in grad school. (“The Colorado River is a the bottom of the Grand Canyon? I’m supposed to see that?”) Mabe I’m not wired for it.

Which brings me to the people I’d be sharing pictures with like my Dad, aunts, uncles, folks 20+ years older than me. While some can (and have) downloaded Google Earth, most wouldn’t be comfortable doing so. But, they could use a URL that taps into Google Maps. My Dad (at 78) “gets” Google Maps but has yet to explore Google Earth.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/19 at 06:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Gervase Markham, who works the Mozilla Foundation, has an editorial in the Times (UK) suggesting that the UK adopt the US business model for geographic data distribution, that is put the datat in the public domain. Scott Sinclair of Ordnance Survey reponds.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/19 at 06:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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