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Monday, August 27, 2007

Last week, Editor-in-chief, Joe Francica had the opportunity to interview Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Adm. Murrett was appointed director of the NGA on July 7, 2006 and leads one of the largest military organizations dedicated to geospatial information gathering and intelligence analysis. Murrett discusses the organization’s current mission and the use of geospatial standards within his organization.

His staff of highly trained geospatial technologists are deployed in domestic operations to support natural disasters as well as being deployed in combat zones to support the warfighter. Prior to his appointment, Murrett served as the Director of Naval Intelligence Murrett received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Buffalo and master’s degrees in government and strategic intelligence from Georgetown University and the Defense Intelligence College, respectively.
The interview was recorded on August 21, 2007 and is 28 minutes in length (10Mb).

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by Joe Francica on 08/27 at 10:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“The next frontier on the mobile front is combining business intelligence with GPS data.”

Larry Dignan in the Between the Lines blog at ZDnet positioning statements to that effect from Don Campbell, vice president of product innovation and technology at Cognos, a Business Intelligence company.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/27 at 07:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The New York Times offers up one Microsofter’s take on using the laptop during meetings (and I guess this might go for conferences, too). The article has some valuable suggestions and notes the article, “7 rules for using laptops in meetings” on the Microsoft website.

I will share two experiences that I use to guide my use of my laptop in such circumstances. I gave my first “professional” paper in Toronto at the AAG meeting in the 1990s. I was very nervous and a recognizeable columnist from a geo-mag (those thumbnail photos did him in!) was in the front row, apparently writing his own paper on a yellow pad. That was disappointing on so many levels.

More recently I was invited to a vendor event and attended the plenary. I sat way in the back, on the floor. I was typing away, covering what was said, when someone with a vendor shirt on informed me my keyboard noise was disturbing those around me. (I’m not sure why others were on the floor in the back; there we plenty of seats.) I later learned the noise policeperson was not from the vendor, but what a “hired gun” for the event.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/27 at 06:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Trip Advisor, part of Expedia, has a acquired a Facebook/MySpace “add-on” for $3 million. “Where I’ve Been” is a simple app that allows users to highlight which states/countries they have or want to visit. The idea I suppose is to tap those users for purchasing travel or supporting advertising. Other such “add ons” have been sold by Facebook, but this one tops the selling price competition.

There was confusion if the story was true, but it’s since been confirmed by The Wall Street Journal. It’s unclear to me if the app is free as it doesn’t say on its website. I suspect it is. A version for inclusion on websites/blog is in production.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/27 at 06:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A reader asks:

One of the key goals of our future Web GIS is for citizens to print maps easily. How are those of you with Web mapping apps doing that? PDFs? Using the required plugins like DWF or MapGuide or Flash? Using TIFFs etc.? Using browser print tools? Any insights into solutions that work with multiple browsers are appreciated. Pointers to successful sites would be great, too!

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/27 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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