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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Rolla Daily News reports that “USGS announced Monday that it is granting a two-week extension to March 26 to the due date of the work performance statement.” It was supposed to be out this past Monday, March 12. (Full schedule, DOC format) The competition, between Denver, Rolla and private corporations will end with a winner picked in late August to be announced Sept. 12.

The paper also highlights that Missouri Rep. Jo Ann Emerson continues her fight on behalf of her Rolla USGS employees in their quest to win the bid (A-76) for the National Mapping Center.


by Adena Schutzberg on 03/13 at 03:22 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

MapInfo quietly started its Location Intelligence blog back in January. (Good name!) We got an e-mail about it a few weeks back. It’s very focused on LI and has a formalness to it not found in other geoblogs.

It also has the first seach tool I’ve seen where you need not click “go” or hit enter for it to work. You just “type and wait.” Interesting.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/13 at 08:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“I have been laying on my lawn for the last three weeks straight without moving. I hope that google satellites will take pictures of me and everyone will vote it to be one of the seven wonders of the world.”

Nick Young, writing on the Google Earth blog about his nomination for a new list of the Seven Wonders of the World. A non-profit is hosting the online balloting and will announce the winners on 7/7/07.

- Washington

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/13 at 08:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It’s too bad the folks covering SXSWi (South By Southwest, an art/culture/tech event in Austin, TX this week) don’t have reliable Internet access. That led on reporter, from MIT’s Tech Review (generally top notch) to ponder getting around without message from your friends and the latest in mapping. Not sure where Brad King got this idea:

Web developers and programmers are using mapping technologies to access that information in ways we’ve never thought of. OpenStreetMap, for instance, uses the GPS devices in courier services to map traffic patterns and help these services reevaluate how they deliver packages.

Maybe he was thinking of something besides the effort to collect GPS data for cities around the world and make it available to all for any use for free (OpenStreetMap)? Maybe he was confused about the fact that one courier service, eCourier donated its data to OpenStreetMap as a partner?

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/13 at 07:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GITA 2007, held last week in San Antonio, covered a wide variety of topics. Our editors take on just two they find particularly significant: the role of professional organizations in grooming the next generation of practitioners and GE Energy’s new GIS solutions to be built on Oracle. In the short term the offerings will sit alongside GE’s Smallworld solutions.

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