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Monday, April 13, 2009

ESRI has notified us (after notifying its staff and those involved) that it is now holding the Business GIS Summit at the same time and location as the ESRI International User Conference at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California this July. Events start Sunday July 12 and run through Wednesday July 15; full details here.

ESRI highlighted the benefits of the change for attendees, though I suspect some other factors impacted the decision to move the event from May 4–6, 2009, at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver, Colorado. The decision was clearly made quite recently as the keynote speaker was announced on March 26th.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 05:25 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Today, we learned that Quebec-based Korem has acquired Primus Geographics, a Colorado consulting company that provides location intelligent solutions. The move establishes a US foothold for Korem and broadens the scope of their operations by jump-starting their sales operations among major US corporations that were Primus Geographic clients. Both companies shared many common partnerships with the larger geospatial software and data companies such as Pitney Bowes Business Insight (MapInfo) so the fit appears to be a good match that will smooth the integration of personnel and technology. An official announcement will be made tomorrow.

by Joe Francica on 04/13 at 12:00 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Times are challenging and different vendors and events are trying to help their attendees with special offers. PB Insights (where Group 1 and MapInfo now live) just announced a two for one registration deal (via direct e-mail, dig yours up for the code) for its conference Insights 2009, June 3-5 in Orlando. But, work fast, early bird discounts end on April 15 (Wednesday). If I read it correctly, if you register before COB Wednesday, you can send two people for $795.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 12:00 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The article, “‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers,” highlights EveryBlock, Outside.In and Patch among others. The conundrum: these sites depend on traditional newspapers for content, so can they survive if more of these go under? Adrain Holovaty of EveryBlock says yes.

David Kaplan at PaidContent has a bit of a warning about all the rosiness of hyperlocal.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 06:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Forbes offers up a nice roundup of the challenge LBS app developers are having with platform (iPhone, Android) based billing in contrast to how they now deliver other smartphone apps (billing via carriers). Some of the players (Networks In Motion for one) are wary ofGoogle, because of its competitive free offerings like Latitude. Also a hurdle: billing for individual users of geodata on the iPhone, since apps are linked to an account, not an individual phone.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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