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Monday, March 16, 2009

I read this FOX News report on True Position’s new location platform called LOCINT that is designed for the tracking and location of cellular phone calls. The FOX News item seems to be confusing the product name with the broader category of "location intelligence" used by Directions Media’s as the name for our Location Intelligence Conference and others in describing the use of location technology for a variety of information technology applications. FOX News likes to inject its "fear and greed" factor by describing the technology as one used to track terrorists…but only where it’s legal. The news report goes into detail on why it can’t or shouldn’t be used in the U.S. For purely biased reasons, I found the report confusing but are we naming for the sake of naming: LOCINT…Do they mean GEOINT?

by Joe Francica on 03/16 at 08:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The BBC reports that the UK’s National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) will have as its first "official" activity the launch of Europe’s Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (Goce) satellite that will monitor a variety of environmental conditions to support the work of the European Space Agency (ESA). The NCEO was opened earlier this month on March 5.

by Joe Francica on 03/16 at 08:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Time Magazine this week lists the #1 idea that is changing the world today is investing in your career, i.e. hold on to your job. Put yet another way, be careful what you say and how you say as it may impact how others in the workplace judge your performance.

In the Web 2.0 world, some pundits suggest that in order to enhance your "brand" you should start blogging, get your name out there and network your way to success, Twitter-style.

These are, in fact, conflicting sets of advice. If you or your company is using Twitter to enhance your web presence and business contacts, you may want to think twice. InformationWeek suggests that recent statistics captured by Hitwise paints Twitter as simply setting up as just a social conduit rather than posses any business value. I think the jury is still out on Twitter. I think most businesses find it an annoying necessity and its value just as perplexing as starting the corporate blog. Only time will tell what has true value and what was a waste of time.

I would not get too hung up just yet on how many people are "following" you on Twitter or your blog traffic. By the same token, the people that have a direct impact on your career are following you.

It may be that the tried and true method of face to face contact is still the best investment in your "brand" and the path toward making the right impression with your boss; conferences and direct meetings still the best networking activity, and picking up the phone and actually talking to someone, the best means of truly communicating.

by Joe Francica on 03/16 at 07:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Last August, John Graham took the helm of Intergraph’s Security, Government and Infrastructure Division (SG&I) that provides geospatial technology products and services. Graham spoke to Editor in chief Joe Francica about his evaluation of the worldwide geospatial marketplace as he looks to restructure his division to work with a more global perspective. He also commented on the competitive landscape in the GIS sector as well as how the company continues to see opportunity in spite of the current economic downturn.
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by Joe Francica on 03/16 at 07:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The panel at the Interactive Conference, part of the larger South by Southwest series of festivals and conferences included speakers from Stamen Designs, Google and Mapufacture The new ideas included thinning out data for more clarity, seeing data over time, 3D and spiraling data.

- The Guardian

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/16 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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