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Monday, August 31, 2009

Back in 2005 DM Solutions’ name was on many lips as one of the most prominent developers and implementors of open source GIS. The Ottawa-based firm was tied in to the early efforts to create what is now the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, OSGEO. More recently DM Solutions has been quiet. It was time for a rethink of the business and the way ahead. And, that brings us to MapSherpa.com, the company’s new consumer focused site. (press release) That’s right - the one time B2B provider is now in the B2C space. The backend is still the open source code for which the company is known.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 08:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Irish OS gets some, but less money from the government, than it used to but feels it can still charge.

OSI’s innovation team is about to launch a web service aimed at small businesses that may only need mapping data for a specific part of the country, or for a short period of time.

The agency will host the data on its own systems and provide it to business customers in a software-as-a-service model. Ms Ruane said this would allow it to offer lower prices based on usage or number of transactions.

- Irish Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

To find the country’s most stressful cities, we examined quality of life factors in the country’s 40 largest metropolitan statistical areas, or metros — geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics. We looked at June 2009 unemployment figures provided by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and cost of living figures from the Council for Community and Economic Research. We examined median home-price drops from first quarter of 2008 to first-quarter of 2009 that were provided by the National Association of Realtors. Population density based on 2008 data from the U.S. Census Bureau and ESRI also factored. Last, we examined the number of sunny and partly sunny days per year, based on 2007 data from the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, as well as air-quality figures, based on 2007 data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

- Forbes

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s the assertion of Pocahontas County Commission (WV) President Martin Saffer. He says the state boundary shown on Highland New Wind Development’s maps doesn’t match U.S. Geological Survey maps. That would put one or two of proposed turbines in West Virginia.

The company says it used GPS to determine the bounary. Work on the wind farm started in August of this year.

- AP

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This blog post by Megan Taylor explains how she managed to create the map needed for her local paper (where she volunteers). It helps explain why even someone pretty techie (she builds websites) can’t “just” make a map.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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