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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land details a paper from Cornell and Yahoo titled Spatial Variation in Search Engine Queries. The idea is to map the “centroid” of search queries. What’s the center of the search for the Red Sox? Other teams? Pretty much what you’d expect. Other queries, such as about hurricanes change at the storm moves. Interesting, but how’s it useful? I guess it could be used as another “context” valuable to determine the type of query of its not clear.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The incumbent is pro GIS having invested in it quite a bit. The Gary Post-Tribune describes it as “a computer mapping system similar to Google Earth that can put large amounts of information into an interactive map.”

Two others want to cut back on the GIS budget. One candidate wants “to “slash” spending on the GIS, and build it with free software, rather than the proprietary software used by the county’s consultants.”

Another wants the focus to be on flooding thus he said, “I don’t think (GIS) should be a priority.”

It says quite a lot about the state of geospatial that such issues should be raised to the public during a local election.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The deal ran $4 million and opens the door to US growth for Yotta, a technology group Oxford Metrics plc. Yotta is leading the way in highway imaging in the UK. It aims to support highway departments and mapping organizations around the world. Who is Mobile Video?

Mobile Video, which was founded in 1986 and is based in Kansas City, Missouri, captures geospatial images of properties for tax administrators, GIS departments and the emergency services. It employs some 40 staff operating a fleet of 16 field vehicles across the US, and manages several contracts with local government agencies.

- M and A Deals

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An interactive session at a recent regional GIS event (see article) prompts our editors to explore how we are trained in GIS and how and if we use spatial thinking in our day to day work. Are we just pushing buttons and following recipes or are we truly using the underlying ideas of how people, places and things behave in space? Does it matter if one is trained in geography vs. GIS vs. another discipline? What’s the future look like for those skilled (or not) in spatial thinking?

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/29 at 01:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, April 28, 2008

I’m keeping an eye, at a distance, on twitter. I follow one person (Leo Laporte) and to be honest, it’s not that valuable to me, though I love his podcasts. (TWiT every week!)

Still, with the Tweet Scan tool to search tweets (the 140 character messages sent on the network) you can get a feel of what’s going on geo-wise on Twitter. Here are some quotes:

macmark9 : Learning the GIS program suite is worse than a newbie learning Photoshop!

JasonCIBERrec : Recruiting for a GIS Programmer in Memphis, TN

mbigmistake : Taking an all-day GIS class. I remember more than I thought and it will be more useful to get the software than I imagined.

bingkafei : OMG. I have just discovered GRASS (http://grass.itc.it). How did I never hear about this during the zillions of GIS-based classhours I had?!

rexboto : trying to explain to someone how to add my data to GIS Explorer….dadadumb!!!

twoodwar : the Arc GIS user experience is like being assaulted by a frozen penguin- maybe it’s just me

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