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Friday, March 23, 2007

The one source problem is a journalism term (so I’m told) that relates to news, wait for it, from a single source. Apparently, that’s what happened earlier this week regarding John Edwards’ plans. One source said he’d withdraw for his campaign for president and boom it was all over the Web, TV, radio until we learned that the one source was wrong.

On to geospatial. I scan the news for things that should be posted to our website as press releases and other tidbits for this blog. Normally, when I see a press release, I find it at many outlets - GIS publications, newswires, tech publications, etc. - so I feel confident it’s been vetted. When I see a press release on only one site, and then, not even on the site of the organization who wrote the release, I get nervous. I found two of these today. One, I quickly learned after contacting the organization, was an oversight. The release was soon in my inbox (though we like organizations to post directly to our site) and on the hosting organization’s website. Good.

The other? I still have no confirmation! And, I’ll even name the organization because this is inexcusable! It’s Microsoft. Yep, there’s a Microsoft press release out there touting a sale of a Vexcel sensor. It’s only in one publication. Ok, I found one other, a regional GIS publication. It’s not on the Microsoft website. I contacted Microsoft’s PR firm (Waggener Edstrom) this morning on the matter. Nothing yet. The good news is this isn’t big huge important news, but it’s interesting and I’d like to see the PR on our site.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 06:30 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Calgary’s Immersive Media is the company with the cameras that capture data on all sides and includes location data. The first customer? The military. Now, the company is doing lots of homeland security sort of things, but is eyeing other sectors. Today’s article in Canada’s Business Edge picks at a relationship with Google and cites a customer about whom we’ll know soon.

He [[Immersive CEO Myles McGovern] says the IMC’s technology would be a natural fit for Google Earth, which currently only allows you to zoom in on cities from above.

“If they have New York City or Chicago captured, then it makes sense to make it available through Google Earth. That allows you to distribute it easily, and Google has hundreds of millions of users that you can spread the cost over.”

McGovern agrees that licensing the company’s “GeoImmersive Imagery” collection is the way to go, and notes that on Jan. 9, the company announced a multi-year agreement with a major corporate customer to license a substantial portion of the GeoImmersive image inventory.

Pressed for the name of that customer, McGovern remains coy, saying he doesn’t want to steal the other company’s thunder. But he expects that announcement within the next 90 days.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 09:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There are three candidates left for the top spot at West Virginia University including Kansas State University Provost M. Duane Nellis.

Nellis was at WVU and served as dean of WVUs Eberly College of Arts and Sciences for seven years before heading to Kansas in 2004. While at WVU he oversaw the creation of WVU’s National Geospatial Development Center. (WVU is where the Very Spatial crew are working on PhDs.) Nellis is a former associate dean and chair of Kansas State’s geography department, having earned a Ph.D. in geography from Oregon State University.

I can speak from my experience at Penn State that geographers make great deans and leaders. We had a bunch - Rod Erickson, Greg Knight, Rob Crane.

- AP

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 09:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GISCI is exploring competency-based certification. That means that candidates show prowess at certain skills. For now, the request if for input on using the “Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge”, 2006, developed by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). (No idea what that is? Listen to this podcast (Very Spatial) with David Dibiase who was involved with the most recent effort.)

What might the future hold?

GISCI is considering modifying its standard GISP application to include a requirement for the applicant to certify he or she has the range of knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in those 24 core competency units through some combination of education and experience. Eventually, GISCI could develop a GISP certification examination based on these standards.

The idea is that those seeking certification would submit specific courses/experience that show competence in 24 areas.

The public review period on the competency model lasts from 3/22/07 - 4/30/07. Website for competency issues is here. An FAQ is here. It’s a good starting point.

- Press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 08:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This week Sprint said it’d include TeleNav services with some of its subscription offerings. Many, many headlines on the news included the word “free.” Consider:

Sprint Offers ‘Free’ GPS (Broadcast Newsroom) - the content is an AP story.

Better yet consider:

Sprint Navigation GPS Service Bundled with Data Packs
(Mobile Media) - the content is original, and clearly written after reading the announcement.

The AP/Broadcast Newsroom really blew it - free GPS? ‘free GPS’? The GPS receiver is certainly not free. The nav service comes, for some, at no extra charge after they buy a plan. Sprint got it right: “Sprint Customers Get Industry First: GPS Navigation Bundled In Data Packs” It even says “at no additional charge” in the text.

Sometimes you just need to go to the horse’s mouth, aka, the original press release.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 08:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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