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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Technology from West Virginia University’s GeoVirtual Laboratory (GVL) and Department of Geology and Geography in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences may be at the forefront of real virtual reality.

The tech is called Virtual Reality Geographic Information Systems (VRGIS) and draws on teh Web and VR to share inforamation, per Lab Direcotry Vic Baker. The technology is interesting to GISers in part because of its integrative nature and it’s ability to host links and “further information.” The lab is looking for partners and licensees. Do look at the pictures to get a sense of this; it’s beyond Photosynth.

- VWU Today

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

“One reason paper maps remain in high demand is their capability to provide a higher level of accuracy than GPS devices.”

W. David Gardner in an article again explaining why GPS won’t destroy the paper map. Most likely the comment should be attributed to Marc Jennings, president of paper mapmaker Langenscheidt Publishing Group.


by Adena Schutzberg on 11/29 at 06:49 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

ZDNet has an interview with Deep Nishar, director of product management for Google that focusses on the company’s mobile/LBS plans.

Of note:

When you’re on your mobile device and you type in the keyword “movie”, you’re likely to be searching for a cinema because you want to go and see a movie. But if you typed in “movie” on your desktop at home, you may be searching for more general information about movies.

...the next step is to interact with advanced mobile phone technology, such as Global Positioning Systems [GPS], so the device knows where you are. We’re already doing that with Helio’s new phones. The whole point is to make the user’s life simpler.

So the entire ecosystem will have to figure out different ways to get mobile devices into users’ hands. It won’t be just mobile advertising. But the market is still nascent, so we don’t know what it will be yet.

Price is something that always lingers in consumers’ minds. There have been studies that show when data is offered for free as part of a trial, 50 percent to 80 percent of users stop using the service once they have to pay for it. But I think users pay for what they value.

I think you’ll see us do more with location-based services, like developing more locally flavoured products.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/29 at 06:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Per China Economic Net locally made GIS software, unlike other software, has become wildly successful in that country.

At present, the market share of most domestically produced software accounts only about 5 percent in such fields as operating system, database, and office software while domestic GIS software outshines all the others in the market of GIS software with a high proportion of over 35 percent, thus having broken the monopoly of foreign software in that field.

There are more than 1,000 enterprises engaged in the development of GIS software and applications, and the annual production value realized through the sales of commodities like software has amounted to a few hundred million yuan.

The article mentions but one product, however: the Chinese Academy of Sciences SuperMap, which produces SuperMap GIS, which is not only popular in China but has enterred the Japanese market.

The article notes an annual growth rate of 35 percent for GIS, I believe that means in China.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/29 at 06:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Carnegie Learning, Inc. received a $1.5 million, 3 year National Science Foundation grant along with Southern University in Louisiana to integrate advanced technology into middle school environmental science.

The materials will focus on issues related to wetlands, marshes and urban sprawl, and takes advantage of the Louisiana Coastal Zone and is aimed at 6th-8th graders. The offering will promote “the use of information technology to gather and transmit data images via GIS Remote Sensing and to set up situations or displays via visualizations or simulations. The use of technology in this project introduces earth science concepts through “real world” discussion of issues associated with the Louisiana coast, and stresses the use of information technology and potential careers associated with technology.”

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/29 at 06:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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