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Monday, April 26, 2010

eSpatial’s Robin Parrish swooped into the GITA Conference press conference with news about his company’s implementation of iSMART Web GIS that was helping the City of Tampa radically reduce the number of licenses for desktop software. The objective for the city was to consolidate GIS initiatives throughout thereby consolidating 14 different GIS systems in house  down to 3 or 4 and get a centralized database in place so more information can get out to more citizens. All of Tampa’s infrastructure will be put into Oracle Spatial database and exposed through iSMART. By leveraging the existing investment in GIS infrastructure, eSpatial was able to take the existing data model and consolidate it into a set of tools and support city’s drive toward transparency and accountability.

The city will be moving more applications to a cloud environment with a vision of moving to Amazon’s Web Services for public facing applications.

PBBI/MapInfo was displaced as the desktop mapping vendor at the City of Tampa.

by Joe Francica on 04/26 at 11:51 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Day one of the combined Geospatial Infrastructure Technology Association’s (GITA) Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference, the American Congress and Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) annual conference, and the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors (APLS) annual conference kicked off with a plenary session that included brief introductions by executives from each professional society followed by an excellent keynote by the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s chief technology officer.

Curt Sumner, Executive Director of ACSM welcomed the attendees by saying how he and GITA Executive Director, Bob Samborski had been discussing a joint conference for some time.  Samborski, in his remarks, recognizing a smaller than average crowd in the room, pulled no punches by stating that, "We know that it is pretty tough out there. GITA and ACSM feel personally responsible for making this an educational event worthy of your investment."

Samborski went on to deliver GITA’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Roger Tomlinson, of Ottawa, Ontario. Dr. Tomlinson was not able to attend but Carl Reed, chief technology officer of the Open Geospatial Consortium accepted the award on his behalf. Tomlinson first developed the Canadian geographic information system and is widely recognized as the "Father of GIS." Reed said that his path crossed that of Tomlinson’s many years ago while he (Reed) was a Ph.D. student of SUNY-Buffalo in the early ‘70’s. Even then Reed said Tomlinson believed that GIS would evolve to offer a one-to-one mapping of the entire earth. In a prepared statement, Tomlinson acknowledged that it was "an extraordinary honor" to receive the award from GITA. Somewhat wryly, Tomlinson said that to be awarded the honor was something of an indication that he was in the twilight of his years in the profession. GITA has given the lifetime achievement award only four times. Tomlinson still believes that several years of service to the technology sector are ahead. "To be included in that number is an honor ... I want to thank you from the bottom of my still beating heart."

Cyndi Salas, current president of GITA, provided remarks acknowledging the award to Tomlinson and noted that it was ironic to give this award to the "Father of GIS" when the theme of this year’s GITA conference is "Not your father’s GIS." Extending that theme, Ralph Anhold, 2010 Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference chairman said, "It’s not your father’s GIS conference, it’s yours."

by Joe Francica on 04/26 at 11:44 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

And now, Matt Asay at C|net suggest AT&T might be the best home for Foursquare.

- C|net


—- update 4/23/10——

Now word Microsoft and Facebook were/are also interested.

- TechCrunch (no identified sources)

That news might help explain, perhaps, why Facebook announced nothing about location at its developer conference this week.

- GigaOm

—- original post 4/7/10——

$100 million, no comment from Yahoo or Foursquare…

- Business Insider

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/26 at 01:58 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
by Adena Schutzberg on 04/26 at 01:56 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The players: EveryBlock is that hyperlocal news and data site Adrian Holotavy launched with his Knight News Challenge money. It was acquired by MSNBC.com last year (APB post). SeeClickFix is a developer of a website and mobile apps that allow citizen to report local issues to their local jurisdictions (potholes, streetlight outages, etc.)

Now word comes that EveryBlock will in the short term have “read only” access to the SeeClickFix database - so you tap a feed to see if your neighbor has called about that pothole or broken sidewalk tile. In time, the plan is for you to able to report through EveryBlock and other partner sites. The “write” API is still being tested.

- PaidContent via RWW

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/26 at 01:49 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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