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Monday, July 09, 2007

Leica TITAN, the innovative and dynamic solution for sharing your world, provides the following exciting enhancements:

Published data may be served and consumed by Google Earth

- Leica TITAN’s Geospatial Instant Messenger is the ideal gateway for sharing, publishing and serving local geospatial data to Google Earth. Using the Geospatial Instant Messenger, images, terrain and feature data shared in Leica TITAN may also be viewed directly in Google Earth.

- With the base data provided by Google Earth, users may view and integrate large volumes of geospatial data.

- The Google Earth capability can also consume an OGC Web Mapping Service (WMS) published by users sharing geospatial data in Leica TITAN.

New and improved user interface skin

That information was provided in a Media Advisory. Some of this was noted in the TITAN forum in June.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/09 at 10:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Gary Price at Resource Shelf provided the tip off. As he notes the idea is not new to use a map interface on the news, but when you put the power of Reuters (“before it’s news it’s Reuters” - never got that…) and MetaCarta it’s something more. The app, NewsMaps, is part of Reuters Labs (apparently one of the first “lab” sites, per Wikipedia) and provides mapping from Google or Microsoft. Next up - OpenLayers?

To answer Gary’s question regarding the “newness” of this beta - yes, it’s new. Per MetaCarta, “it’s not been officially announced” which is why there’s not much on it on the Web.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/09 at 09:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Apparently at the beginning of May there was a launch of the U.S. nationwide call before you dig number 811. The number was designated by the Federal Communication Commission in 2005, under the direction of Congress in 2002. Despite coverage on TV and radio (and Paul Harvey!) I apparently missed it, so I suspect many readers did too.

I learned about the launch reading the latest issue of Underground Focus, a magazine about locating underground utilities for loss/accident prevention. As I’ve noted in the past, it’s a great read - lots of pictures of stuff burning/blowing up - along with technology and education discussions. States have “one call” systems, but the thought is that a national number will help boost use. I know that few of us are involved in excavation/construction, but we often interact with those who do. That’s why I want to spread the word.

One other thought: I’d really like to see some of these folks join us at GIS conference at some point. I suspect we have a lot of information to share.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/09 at 08:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

PCI’s Human Recources consultant is quoted in the Ottawa Business Journal as in the minority. Lynn Brown-Harper states that finding sales people is tougher than finding engineers. Her peers in Ottawa tend to argue the opposite.

“When you are facing these clients where this is their background, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, you’re a little bit lost,” Ms. Brown-Harper said. As a result, many of the sales staff need a specialized background and most have been recruited from within the company.

“It’s a very high priority for us to find people who have the right skills, but it’s not easy. Engineering staff is a lot easier to find,” Ms. Brown-Harper said.


by Adena Schutzberg on 07/09 at 07:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Samsung now has a US Patent on “single click GPS Directions.”

via IntoMobile

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/09 at 07:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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