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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Anne Hale Miglarese, Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton and chairperson of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) provided an assessment as to where she believes progress has been (or not) made to date in establishing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NGAC is an independent group established to advise the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) on the needs of public and private entities responsible for creating and supporting the nation’s digital geographic infrastructure. She presented her findings at the 2010 Intergraph Users Conference in Las Vegas this week.

Miglarese parses the NSDI into four key areas and for each she assigned a grade:

  • Technology = "A minus" an indication that problems associated in establishing and NSDI area really not technological in nature.
  • Data = "C minus" which is an acknowledgment that over the course of NSDI progress the role of the federal government has changed from that of one supplying the data to state and local entities to one nearly reversed where the states have taken it upon themselves to acquire better data and in some cases establishing statewide SDIs.
  • People = "C" and indication of some dissatisfaction in an area that is fundamental to moving NSDI forward
  • Policy and institutional arrangements = "C minus minus" – “We have not been able to fund and coordinate [NSDI],” said Miglarese who also said she would have given it a “D” but didn’t want to hurt the feelings of her friends in the government. It’s an acknowledgment of near failure and the inability to make progress by the FGDC. In the meantime private corporations have filled a leadership void like Google and Microsoft who have bought innovative companies to help them create a “de facto” national map. And truly, how does the FGDC make progress. Have you taken a look at the number of agencies and departments represented on that body? How any decision is made approaches the miraculous.

Miglarese commented on the trends facing the geospatial technology industry in particular in the area of crowd sourced data. She believes that data crowed sourced data will be the most “authoritative data” around.

And progress by the NGAC? Miglarese points to the endorsement and recommendations on Imagery for the Nation; approval of the “Changing Geospatial Landscape” White Paper” (download from FGDC website); Approval of Administration Transition Recommendations to support the change in federal administration; Endorsement and Recommendations on National Land Parcel Data Study; Approval of Economic Recovery “lessons learned” paper; Approval of Geospatial Policy Benefits Paper. Most can be downloaded from the FGDC website.

Miglarese also suggested that the new Geospatial Platform Initiative is the next step for the NSDI.  “it is the technology that will help us get around some of our policy issues,” said Miglarese. In addition, she sees large emphasis on cloud computing and guidance from OMB’s Vivek Kundra to do so.

by Joe Francica on 08/31 at 11:56 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Speaking during a press conference at the Intergraph 2010 User Conference, Ola Rollén, CEO of Hexagon, said he sees a tighter integration "at the code level" between Intergraph’s geospatial technology and that of the companies in the geospatial market already owned by Hexagon, namely Leica Geosystems and ERDAS. Roland said that Hexagon and Intergraph are already forming teams to see how to leverage Intergraph’s software expertise. So, we can assume that in the future that we will see GeoMedia and ERDAS IMAGINE share code for image processing and geospatial analysis.

We’ve already speculated on why Hexagon would be interested in Intergraph’s geospatial solutions as it presents a competitive challenge to the closer relationship that now exists between Esri and ITT VIS for image processing. But Rollén cautioned "not to think like a geospatial geek" as its clear he sees a bigger opportunity. As he looks across the many businesses under his control, geospatial looks to be just one of many technologies that he can bring to bare on the broader market for location-enabled systems and solutions. What might they be? Think smart grid, security, and infrastructure management. With Power, Process, and Offshore also under his new domain, other opportunities might arise where synergies exist in what might seem to be two, quite different markets.

by Joe Francica on 08/31 at 10:08 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

During the opening plenary session at Intergraph 2010, Intergraph’s user conference, Halsey Wise, CEO, announced that all of the approvals necessary from U.S. and European security exchanges had been received so that the acquisition by Hexagon could proceed subject to government approval. The transaction is expected to close on October 1.

Wise also announced that he and Reid French, CFO, would be stepping down and handing duties over to Hexagon CEO Ola Rollén. Wise also said that division presidents, John Graham of SG&I and Gerhard Salinger of Process, Power and Offshore,would remain with the company and report to Rollén.

by Joe Francica on 08/31 at 10:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Croatian mother moved to Australia to live with family and left another family to live in and take care of her house and property for free. But, a chance peek at Google Earth revealed trees were cut down and new buildings popping up. The caretakers are now asking to be paid for the work they did. The case has gone to court since the tenants will not leave.

- Croatian Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 08:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update: Press release


Today’s the day, apparently, the news will be shared. I point you to Ralph Grabowski for the details. Since Autodesk has pretty much gone dark on geospatial, I would not get excited about AutoCAD Map for Mac ever appearing.

- World CAD Access

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/31 at 08:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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