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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

MapInfo tops the list of cheap stocks this week and the Fool staff praises the company:

The “location intelligence” business is a highly concentrated and competitive one, with rivals including Intergraph and Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK). Still, the company’s respectable free cash flow generation—which is typical of most software providers—combined with a growing market niche, make this stock an interesting proposition.

Interesting that private Intergraph is mentioned as a key competitor and not private ESRI.
- Motley Fool

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 08:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It’s a sign of the times when your hometown paper calls you out for a mashup you made. Uxbridge native Ian Stevens is famous because he “invented” (per the headline) a map of the Toronto Transit System.

Ian Stevens, now 31, graduated from Uxbridge Secondary School (USS) in 1994 and is currently working as a software developer in Toronto. “(At USS) I took two of the offered programming courses… It wasn’t until the Grade 12 course that I considered software development as a career path,” explained Mr. Stevens.

- (Canada)


by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 07:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update 1/24/07: InformationWeek reports the system will go live in February. More tidbits:

- initially will work with just Google Maps
- data stored in GML and KML

- InformationWeek

—original article from 11-17-06

Information Week takes a look at Fortius’ plans for a repository for geodata available for mashups. Fortius is known for its tools to create mashups, but this new site, yet unnamed, will debut toward the end of the year. Details are sketchy at best.

Sean Gorman, the CEO “gained fame” after the Department of Homeland Security said his PhD thesis, which detailed the fiber network of the U.S., should be burned to protect the country.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 06:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

TV network Nickelodeon recently polled kids and adults about what they need to know. 21% of kids said they didn’t need to be good spellers. Relevant to our world:

Twenty percent of adults and 21% of kids think map reading is a redundant skill.

I guess once you find the map on the Web or your handheld you don’t need to use it? I could find no word on the size and scope of the survey in the newspaper in question or on the Nick website.

- The New York Daily News

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 06:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Think of it like a model train”

Ian Fitzgerald, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District’s (California) GIS coordinator, defining GIS in article highlighting a recent GITA award. Interestingly, GIS is referred to as “geospatial information system” throughout.

- The Sierra Sun

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/24 at 06:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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