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Monday, January 12, 2009

The Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), the standards division of the National Retail Federation released version 6.0 of their Retail Data Model, a project that was two years in development. According to an article in Fibre2Fashing, supporting a full range of computer applications to operate retail businesses across multiple retail segments such as convenience stores, big box retailers, gas stations, etc. But the support for location technology looks minimal as the article states that the improvements to the model include "Geo Coordinates: Expanded ability to support multiple geo-coordinate systems used to map coordinates to physical addresses (Geocoding)." I guess if it didn’t support geocoding before, the model had a hard time creating trade areas, doing target marketing, analyzing psychographics, and basic site selection. Earlier versions (See version 4.0 [PDF]) of the model give slight mention to census demographics. I guess we’ll have to wait for version 7.0.

by Joe Francica on 01/12 at 07:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Last week came the announcement of the Nevada Digital Dirt Mapping Project (Phase 1) on its blog. It’s a collaborative effort to build a geologic map.

The goal is “a surficial geologic and geomorphic map of Nevada at approximately 1:100k. Phase one of this project spans the entirety of Clark County, Nevada, and began in November 2008. It is to be complete by May 2010. Actual field and office work will commence in January 2008. [sic - 2009?] We hope to ultimately extend the mapping and the related conceptual framework to the entire state of Nevada.
As it progresses, the mapping will be made available online. It will be accompanied by sets of geotagged photos, high-precision GPS data points, and a GIS database of published geochronological data, among other things. The goal of this blog is to chronicle the development of the data set and, more importantly, to actively engage the relevant members of the geological community in discussing, critiquing, and reviewing the development of the map.
This project is being initiated as an experiment in online scientific collaboration. We are keenly aware that many geologists have published maps and have carried out detailed research projects in Nevada, particularly Clark County. Our goal is to maintain an open and collaborative mapping effort that transcends simple compilation of existing mapping. In other words, we are completely open to direct input from all interested and qualified scientists who have mapped in the area. This may include, for example, guidance in modifying or generalizing published mapping for the compilation, inclusion of relevant, unpublished data, revision of published mapping, etc. There are many possible examples.

This sounds like a great effort that might entice geologists, data collaborators, open source/open data players, etc.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 06:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I sent a request to Nick Palatiello of the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) to get some clarification on the reasons for the letter to Congress from the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) of which MAPPS is a member. The answers to my questions are attributed to John Palatiello of MAPPS:

Joe Francica (JF): Was there a primary force behind the letter issued by COGO?  Was one organization stepping forward with interest to address this issue with Congress?
John Palatiello (JP): "COGO operates under rules that require unanimous agreement to take a position.  While the agenda it was presented by MAPPS, the reaction/reception from all the COGO organizations was very positive and the coalition easily recognized the benefit of the proposal and adopted it promptly with no dissenting comments."

JF: It looks like there is some other underlying issues besides wanting another subcommittee established. Was it perceived that federal technology funds were not being dispersed effectively for geospatial technology? Why ask to establish yet another subcommittee or was the rationale that a single subcommittee was needed?
JP: "Technology funds are a very small part of what the Federal government spends on geospatial.  Most funds are for programs, data and activities to support programs – highways, flood control, agriculture monitoring, water resources, highways, homeland security, etc.  Those programs are spread among scores of federal agencies and scores of Congressional committees.  Whether one believes FGDC is effective or not, at least there is an FGDC in and for the Executive Branch agencies.  There is no FGDC for Congress.  Jurisdiction over geospatial is spread over scores of Congressional (House and Senate) committees and subcommittees.  No one is in charge, no one is primarily responsible, and no one coordinates.  The ‘lead’ committee is what COGO is seeking."

JF. Was it perceived that the FGDC was not an effective organization to manage cross-agency coordination?
JP: "The COGO recommendation is to Congress on the structure and organization of Congress.  FGDC is of and for the Executive Branch and has no jurisdiction over the Legislative Branch.  The COGO recommendation was to the Legislative Branch and has no bearing on FGDC nor is the recommendation for Congressional geospatial committees a judgment on FGDC’s effectiveness."

by Joe Francica on 01/12 at 06:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

TomTom President Jocelyn Vigreux sees prices stabalizing and notes that the use case for phone-based navigation and car-based is quite different. Further, the U.S. market for PNDs is far from saturated at 17%.

Bill Henry, CEO of Tele Atlas suggested pedestrian navigation is about orientation, quite different from true navigation. That allowed a plug for TA’s new Urban Maps.

The interviews were done Friday by Tech Trader.

Barron’s Blog

GPS Business News has a video interview with Henry.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The state’s Dept of Natural Resources and partners unveiled a complete set of Iowa’s aerial photos taken in the 1930s. Iowa is the third state to make the historical images available (after Delaware and Connecticut).

Non tech folks can view the images at the DNR site; GIS folks can access images here.

More on the process of finding the aerials is here.

- HawkEye

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/12 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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