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Monday, May 24, 2010

The release of is coming soon.

What is it and how does it differ from ArcGIS Online. Let’s review the pick list of details:

  • Think of as an MS Office Online support website.  It is where you should begin your ArcGIS online experience.
  • The new will have ArcGIS Online built into it.
  • It will include a Map and App gallery. It will contain building blocks for app builders. It has a built in Java Script Viewer and will be leveraging content from ArcGIS Online. Click a map and create mashups. Then the use can connect services on a known server and when you are happy-click save (like a Yahoo account)
  • Its free
  • Wherever you make a map you can open it in any application. For example, open a map in ArcGIS Explorer online or ArcMap or an iPhone app. The map is always the same.
  • Publish the map in a JSON format
  • If someone else authors the map in, others can leverage this map and add to it perhaps even applying other apps
  • will be already enabled in ArcGIS desktop
  • ESRI believes that will provide broader access to their data
  • If you like OpenStreetMap you will find that it is already built into the ArcGIS Online catalog
  • Bing Maps is an option as well
  • There will be a newer versions of ArcGIS basemaps:
  • World topographic maps
  • Street maps
  • VGI data

What is ESRI’s overall objective?

ESRI wants to be in partnership with uses to publish content, create a “national dial-tone of services.” What his means is that during a crisis, the gathering of the information should reside in a common repository where users can “plug in” to the resources being updated and uploaded to According to Bernie Szukalski it should be like “plugging your cable into the TV and you receive the basic services. With a little bit of help…ESRI can help users get data out to the people.”

What’s the difference between and ArcGIS Online?

According to Szukalski, “ArcGIS Online is a place where users (not just GIS users, but anyone) can find resources shared by ESRI and GIS users everywhere. It becomes an integrated part of your experience whether you are using one of the free, publicly available Web apps, or a professional GIS desktop.” There are two featured Web apps that are free now and anyone can use them:

  • An viewer (a JavaScript app)
  • ArcGIS Explorer Online – a Silverlight version of ESRI’s free-to-download ArcGIS Explorer desktop app.

Need more information?

by Joe Francica on 05/24 at 05:44 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Gary Gale comments, too. And, here’s a link to the report (pdf) for which he prepped this.

Vicchi Blog

—- original post 5/18/10——

See the 2009 slide deck and Christopher Osborne’s (Geospatial Developer, Founder of #Geomob) discussion of how close all of his predictions are to being done now.

- Cloudsourced Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 11:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

From the press release:

Today, Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) and Nokia (NYSE:NOK), announced a worldwide strategic alliance to extend the reach of their industry leading online services and offer people rich experiences that keep them connected to their world and the world around them.

And, key to our world:

Nokia will be the exclusive, global provider of Yahoo!‘s maps and navigation services, integrating Ovi Maps across Yahoo! properties, branded as “powered by Ovi.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 11:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Who might be in the running to acquire or partner?

L-3 Communications Holdings Inc (LLL 83.39, -0.28, -0.34%) , Honeywell International Inc. (HON 42.32, +0.25, +0.59%) , Raytheon Co. (RTN 53.49, -0.21, -0.39%) , and even a Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) or Boeing (BA). Of course, there’s also Google Inc. (GOOG 483.18, +11.13, +2.36%)  and its Google Maps,—but Google may be gun-shy of the national defense and reconnaissance aspect of the services provided.

- Marketwatch

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 08:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The company which offers a wiki-like site for people to document info about locations is looking into actual revenue generation. The $1 million follows $3 million from previous investments.

- VentureBeat

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 08:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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