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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The article at eWeek on the 15th anniversary of Microsoft Labs, offers this hint:

[Redmond lab director and corporate vice president Dan] Ling also moderated several other technology demonstrations, including using visualization technologies to provide innovative ways to visualize and explore the world, such as combining maps from Windows Live Local with other maps of bus routes or bicycle trails to create entirely new hybrid maps.

That could mean anything from tools for mashups, to support for standards to GeoRSS, but its certainly a path most of us would like, I suspect.

[Spelling error corrected in title 9/28]

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/27 at 12:16 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I didn’t think there was any issue here, but the news is all over the wires.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/27 at 12:11 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Newswise offers a press release about research at Cornell that indicates solar flares can interrupt GPS signals and thus GPS navigation. A paper will be presented at Institute of Navigation Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas by the grad student who found the phenomenon.

Alessandro Cerruti, a graduate student working for Kintner, accidentally discovered the effect on Sept. 7, 2005, while operating a GPS receiver at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, one of six Cornell Scintillation Monitor (SCINTMON) receivers. Cerruti was investigating irregularities in the plasma of the Earth’s ionosphere—a phenomenon unrelated to solar flares—when the flare occurred, causing the receiver’s signal to drop significantly.


by Adena Schutzberg on 09/27 at 09:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Former GCN writer Shawn P. McCarthy is senior analyst and program manager for IDC Government Insights” and writes at GCN about… I think it’s about pushing standards for geospatial, but I’m a bit confused.

He mentions the FDGC, National Grid, SDTS (“But it represents an older way of sharing geospatial data. For example, in some circumstances it calls for carrying mapping data between systems rather than simply overlaying new data on map systems.”) and KML (“Some groups are adapting Google Earth’s Keyhole Markup Language as a de facto standard. It’s a powerful system, but it may not support all the functions agencies need”) suggesting that they are perhaps in the same space.

He conculdes, “If the owners of geospatial data repositories can standardize their information, both machines and government employees will use it more effectively. That’s the real goal of the LOB.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/27 at 08:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An article at GCN highlights GIS at Patrick Air Force Base - a 2D Autodesk implementation and an ESRI/doc management implementation. In it, the author uses mashup, a term I’ve felt ok with for lightweight “dots on maps” sort of apps to describe enterprise implementations.

[Research director for Gartner’s high-performance workplace group in Chicago, Toby]
Bell said that while the volume of information available has increased exponentially, users are often unable to get access to the data in a form that is useful to them. Tying data to a map simplifies the query process and puts the information in context.

“The crisis ahead in content management is that a lot of systems don’t hit end users where they live,” he said. “Map-based queries put the information where people can use it.”

Such data mapping mash-ups, which Gartner terms “content-enabled vertical applications,” are likely to gain popularity, Bell said. They’re an especially good fit for data-intensive fields, where staffers could use an online map instead of a screen of fields and menus to access different types of records.

The author goes on to note:

The challenge going forward will be to ensure that such mapping mash-ups work via still-evolving geospatial standards [bad link in article]. For its part, Autodesk recently tried to make integration easier by linking many of its products to Google Earth Professional.

That’s another nod to KML being a standard of choice, I suppose.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/27 at 07:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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