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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Market research firm Cambashi sees that in its crystal ball based on numbers from the first half of 2009. As with any of these statements, you do need to look carefully at how the sector is defined: “Spending on technical applications software includes AEC (architecture, engineering & construction), geospatial (GIS) and manufacturing (CAD/CAM/CAE and PDM/PLM) applications.”

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 06:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“I’ve won a lot of hands in governance with two Jacks - [ESRI President] Jack Dangermond and Jack Maple. Jack Dangermond, who advanced, forwarded, fathered modern GIS; and Jack Maple, who [was] really a genius of a guy when it [came] to policing and implementing Commissioner Bratton’s vision for CompStat in New York.”

- Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, quoted in an article in Government Technology about StateStat.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 06:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

More than a year ago I sat on a panel with Jack Dangermond and Vincent Virga (Cartographia). One of the questions from the audience at the New York State Geospatial Summit related to archiving geospatial data. If I recall, we tried to think about both the paper and other printed works that would need to be archived, but also the challenges for archiving digital data. None of use were experts, so I fear we raised more questions that we answered.

Now, the experts are weighing in. The Digital Preservation Coalition offers a PDF of a Technology Watch Report: Preserving Geospatial Data. It’s a good statement of the state of the art, but the introduction makes clear that the recommendations are somewhat limited: “While these recommendations provide a basic checklist of issues to be considered when preserving geospatial data, it must be
emphasized that the collective experience in preserving such data is still very much in an early stage and that further investigations are needed.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“The campaign is full of flaws, as it does not involve Geographic Information System (GIS), a satellite technology launched by the PHA [The Parks and Horticulture Authority] itself in February last, to locate and monitor each and every tree to be planted so that the Authority could analyse exact rate of growth and mortality of trees.”

- Yasir Habib Khan, writing in The Nation (Pakistan) about a government effort to plant more trees.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 05:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This week two news items peaked our interest: Good Jobs First, a Washington research center, released a report giving mediocre grades to state websites that aim to be transparent about the distribution of federal stimulus dollars. One of the criteria considered? Maps. Second, is there a trend in local news related to sat nav? Is there a move away from “two techs capturing data” stories to how users can get involved with collection and update?

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