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Thursday, September 25, 2008

We just wrapped up the final session of the AGI GeoCommunity ‘08 Conference. I’ll be providing more about key papers and ideas over the next few days. But I want to share what just happened because, frankly, it confuses me.

Before lunch Mark Bishop a product manager at MapInfo presented a paper titled “The Hype of Web 2.0.” He did a terrific job of defining the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 complete with a picture of Tim O’Reilly and lots of examples of (non-map/non-geo) webpages. Toward the end there was a video of a MapInfo implementation of “slippy maps.” AJAX is Web 2.0. The presentation was lively, though Bishop had to encourage audience participation (sort of ironic since Web 2.0 is about that!).

I was a bit antsy since the presentation didn’t address geo (much) nor provide any specific suggestions regarding how geo could/should/would take further advantage of Web 2.0. Further, I thought we were all pretty set with understanding, if not implementing, Web 2.0 ideas, so I wondered how this presentation fit into this geospatial conference.

Apparently I was the only one who thought so. The presentation was selected by the entire attendee group as their favorite presentation. Perhaps Web 2.0 has been bandied about so much attendees needed a refresher course and this was it? Perhaps attendees never felt comfortable with Web 2.0 concepts and this was a first definition for them? Perhaps attendees keep their heads down doing their GIS work and don’t think much about the technology ideas going on around them? Perhaps this is a difference between the US/UK interaction with technology? Perhaps “favorite” was interpreted in a different way than I did? Any other ideas?

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/25 at 10:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The company among other things developed MapQuest mobile but is best known for its mobile city guides. Thirty people were laid off.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/25 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There was a triple header opening plenary for the AGI GeoCommunity ’08 Conference being held in Stratford-on-Avon. Two private sector players, Microsoft and Autodesk, represented by Sean Phelan of Multimap, now part of Microsoft and Geoff Zeiss of Autodesk, bookended a presentation from Vanessa Lawrence of Ordnance Survey.

All three responded to the event theme: Shaping a Changing World. Phelan took a business perspective, providing some valuable insights for those looking at the economic realities of Web mapping in particular. Lawrence tapped into our, that is, the geocommunity’s role, in this changing world as well as noting the current issues at OS. Zeiss focussed on the world’s infrastructure and the challenges it posses to the world and the geospatial community.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/25 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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