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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Over a year ago, I went to a presentation at a conference where the speaker was talking about how he had created a "map" of the multiple social networks that he used. I thought…"where does this guy find the time?" Now, we think nothing of using LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and others to enhance cybersocialization. Recent editions of both Time and Business Week focused on Twitter. Facebook, of course, has been written about to death.

Now comes the big question: What really is useful for my needs? In preparation for the GITA conference and user conferences for Intergraph, Pitney Bowes Business Insight and Korem, which I have attended recently, not to mention the upcoming ESRI UC, each event was or is touting multiple social networks to use during the event. This is in addition to yet new platforms, like Zerista, used by GITA, and Chance2Meet that are specifically for pre-conference networking so you can arrange meetings, etc.

Folks, I don’t know about you but eventually all of this is going to shake out if for no other reason than market dynamics will blow one or more of these off the planet. Now, I like social nets as much as any Twitizen but you can see where your average "Joe" is confused by all the hype and bluster. When faced with the challenge of using your Facebook account to "friend" the Intergraph User’s Conference, I might think twice.

I used Zerista extensively to set up meetings at GITA. It worked well, until I got to the event and then it was not particularly helpful since I was blogging and tweeting my news reports. I just didn’t have time to use the Zerista interface thereafter. Plus, email is still the preferred social networking solution, right? Just send someone an email to set up an appointment.

So, all of this comes down to the fact that we just don’t need to have an account with every social net that comes down the cyberpike. The problem is, everyone else thinks that if you don’t support one social net over the other, someone will be left out or feel slighted…or worse, feel like they are not adequately networked for the Twiterati.

by Joe Francica on 06/16 at 05:02 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

John Graham, president of Intergraph’s Security, Government and Infrastructure (SG&I) division provided a basic, high level road map for his division’s product strategy. He will focus product development efforts on supporting the needs of spatial data infrastructure initiatives as well as 3D visualization.

The core platforms that the company has been selling for the last several years will be combined into a single platform. The product solutions which included GeoMedia, G/Technology, and TerraShare, will eventually have a single framework. This has been in development for the last two years.

Graham also stated that, "We will not be adding new industry focuses but will look for opportunities to develop core competencies." Specifically, he sees his division focusing on SmartGrid, Security, the integration of business intelligence with geospatial and leveraging consumer mapping platforms such as Bing Maps for the Enterprise and Google Earth. "The plethora of consumer maps will continue to increase because it is so useful. It’s a validation that (maps) are something important," said Graham.

by Joe Francica on 06/16 at 04:52 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Intergraph announced new product enhancements for GeoMedia 6.1, their flagship geospatial solution. The emphasis for this version centered on support for the spatial data infrastructure (SDI) initiatives in the U.S. and Europe (INSPIRE) as well as for 3D visualization.

Enhancements include:

  • GeoMedia 6.1 will integrate with Microsoft’s Bing Maps for the Enterprise and Google Maps via KML;
  • Planned usability improvements in thematic generation and display (coming in Q3)
  • Support for new OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS) for viewing imagery
  • Regional address geocoding models are supported, a European requirement, and address matching performance improvements were made
  • OGC Web Catalogue Services now conform to ISO standards
  • a web feature service for transactions called WFS-T (coming in Q3)
  • improvements to elevation value assignment during data capture – the snap to height feature (coming in Q3)
  • support for Flash to replace SVG for graphic rendering in GeoMedia WebMap (coming in Q4)
  • support for SQL Server 2008 Spatial as an option (coming early 2010)

Specific to cartographic production workflows, the company announced the new GeoMedia MapPublisher 6.1 that put an emphasis on moving map production into the GeoMedia environment. This included:
  • Separate database for storing cartographic edits to maintain the integrity of source data that eliminates the need for multiple copies of the source
  • Provide both automated and manual editing tools for cartographic adjustments; automated style suppression
  • Planned automated generalization (coming in 2010)

Specific to road, rail and other network applications, the company announced:

  • a new feature called "Multiple Linear Referencing System"
  • support for overweight/oversized vehicle routing
  • Straight Line Diagrams – linear information in a straight line view in addition to the geographic view

by Joe Francica on 06/16 at 04:28 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The original Geography for Life dates back to 2004. A committee from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) is putting together an update and looking for input. A draft is available for review until July 15. Have a look and comment.

(I have a vested interest in this project as my advisor was the writing coordinator and one of the writers of the original document. Besides, this is a great tool to guide your teaching be it GIS-based or not.)

- via @esri

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/16 at 03:12 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In the much-hyped, Madison Avenue world of mobile location-based advertising, the Holy Grail seems within the grasp for retailers looking for that one-to-one marketing nirvana oft cited in the early nineties. But in its current model, it’s not working the way it should or can. Today’s business model uses "push" advertising to mobile devices. But what if the model should be "pull" thus allowing consumers to determine when, where and how they should receive ads. Editor in chief Joe Francica explores this model and more.

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by Joe Francica on 06/16 at 09:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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