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Monday, April 27, 2009

MapInfo Professional version 10 will be officially announced in June, probably in conjunction with "Insights ‘09" the Pitney Bowes Business Insight User Conference in Orlando, but the company is already giving us some inside information about the new features. Today, we understand that the new version will offer enhanced data access including support for PostGIS. MI Pro already supports Microsoft SQL Server 2008. Stay tuned for more information coming each week leading up to the announcement.

by Joe Francica on 04/27 at 06:42 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update 4/27/09: I got an official statement from Tele Atlas which puts the numbers in context.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 03:12 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Katie Fehrenbacher asks the question and provides what I think is a great answer. She offers it in response to Google’s reply to her query to Google asking if the company is even thinking about it. The response was basically, “It’s in Google Earth,” which she describes as a “lame” reply. She responds:

The reason to integrate the data into Google Maps is so the 44 million unique users will start thinking about the impact of their transportation choices. While carbon emissions data in Google Earth is very cool, it’s engaging viewers that are largely already interested in that kind of information. We know adding features to the Google Maps landscape is a huge deal, but so is climate change, and Google has clearly indicated that it’s interested in making a difference. So, Google, we challenge you.

I’m with you, Katie. Google Earth in my experience if for “hard core” Web users (either they really like pics, or flying or data or…) but the regular Web user (I include myself here) spends time using Google Maps to get my work (professional and personal) done. I for one almost never use Google Earth. I agree that adding this information would hit a lot of “new” people who might use it to make more earth-friendly decisions.

- Earth2Tech blog (part of GigaOm)

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 07:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’ve been reading Rafe Needleman at Webware/C|net for quite some time. Now I listen to him on Buzz Out Loud regularly. And, while I’m not a big fan of “online voting contests” in general, I am disappointed that he notes that the productivity and LBS categories of the Webware 100 voting have the least total votes of the 10 categories.

So, if you are into this kind of thing, at least give LBS a reasonable number of votes. The month of voting closes at noon Thursday.

- Webware

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 07:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The company suggests that any one in the community interested offer their ideas at, but also details its own suggestions on this company hosted page. The effort is in conjunction with the U.S. government’s week-long online dialogue this week (April 27-May 3) to solicit input regarding IT solutions.

I wonder if, as happened with the stimulus bill, other geospatial companies/communities will endorse ESRI’s or suggest their own ideas. I love that folks are getting involved; I continue to hope we can coordinate our voices when it make sense to have more impact.

via @LindaHecht on Twitter

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 06:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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