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Thursday, January 31, 2013

John Smart, president of the Acceleration Studies Foundation, speaking at AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association)/USNI West 2013 in San Diego this week and argued "that the Navy could become an agent of change by organizing data collected by its numerous sensor systems and making it available to the public at large" in support of open, safe, lawful and sustainable seas. He described it as public GIS run as a public service.


by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 07:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Black Duck, a company that offers tools to manage open source projects, selects the Rookie of the Year projects "based on a simple weighted scoring system that factored in 'project activity, commits pace, project team attributes, and other factors.'” This year a QGIS plug-in made the list of 10.

  • InaSAFE – produces realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response activities.

...InaSAFE is a project backed by the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency, the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction and the World Bank. It’s a plugin for the open source GIS application Quantum GIS designed to help prepare for the impacts of floods, earthquakes, or tsunami. It crunches data from several sources, including scientists and local governments to model flooding and other scenarios, allowing governments and NGOs to make evacuation plans and other preparations.

Microsoft and Yahoo were among the winners.


by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 06:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It's time again for Azavea's Summer of Maps, per Robert Cheetham, the CEO.

I am pleased to announce the 2013 Azavea Summer of Maps.  Summer of Maps offers fellowships to student GIS analysts to perform geographic data analysis for non-profit organizations.  We are going to match up non-profit organizations that have spatial analysis and visualization needs with talented students of GIS analysis to implement projects over a three-month period during the summer. 

Want to build your resume? These guys are tops in the biz!

- Azavea Blog

A partnership consisting of four Virginia community colleges, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program, based in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, has been awarded a grant of $899,870 by NSF to support community colleges in their effort to prepare more skilled geospatial technicians. ...

The project, administered by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, will establish academic pathways in geospatial technologies (such as geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and remote sensing). These academic pathways will serve as model programs for other community colleges nationally.

- Virginia Western News

SLCC [Salt Lake Community College] is a partner in the $20 million National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technology Consortium. Funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant, this partnership will help the College train people for new and emerging jobs in geospatial technologies. ...

Students enrolled in the grant receive: mentoring from industry professionals, career counseling, individualized academic counseling, specialized tutoring, and virtual internships.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/31 at 05:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Oxera is a UK-based Eropean focused economic consultant. A news posting on the company website describe the report it prepared for Google:

Google has today published an Oxera report [What is the impact of geo?] that estimates the revenues from global Geo services at $150 billion to $270 billion per year. For context, these findings suggest that this growing industry is already larger than estimates of the size of the video game industry, and generates around one-third of the annual revenue generated by the airline industry. 

The post goes on to describe the benefits of geospatial services - saving time, lives, money, enhance productivity, teaching geography. There's also an infographic of that data. ... and includes a quote from Google on how pleased it is with Google Earth and Google Maps.

‘Geo technologies are changing the way people, corporations and governments interact with the world, making them more efficient and enabling cost savings,’ said Charlie Hale, Google Maps Public Policy Analyst. ‘We’re thrilled that geo services like Google Maps and Google Earth are helping to grow the global economy, enabling job opportunities, leading the way towards future innovation.’

The report organizes the impacts into three categories:

This study aims to quantify the impact of Geo services on the world economy and consumer welfare. For the purposes of the study, this impact has been divided into three broad categories:

– direct effects—the footprint of the Geo services measured according to the revenue generated by firms developing and providing Geo services and the value that they add;

– consumer effects—the benefits that accrue to consumers, businesses and government from using Geo services, over and above the value that may be paid for any services (ie, the revenue accounted for under the direct effects category); and

– wider economic effects—the benefits that accrue from Geo services improving efficiency elsewhere in the economy, by creating new products and services and creating cost savings that cannot be generated by other sectors.

- summary report - 6 pages (pdf)

- full report - 31 pages (pdf)

A second report is from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) here in Boston. It's called Putting the U.S. Geospatial Services Industry On the Map.

The main focus of this study, which was commissioned by Google, is three-fold:
• 1 Assess the size: Tally the jobs and revenues of the U.S. geospatial services sector
• 2 Trace the impact: Establish the benefits that U.S. businesses and consumers derive from
this new industry sector
• 3 Identify trends: Highlight the evolution of this new sector, including interdependencies
with public policy and both private and public investment.

The results are presented in a series of slides (pdf), dated 12/2012. BCG describes that document as "supplemental materials to a much deeper study." The company pointed me to a June 2012 report (Geospatial services: a $1.6 trillion growth engine for the US Economy, 4 page pdf), a Dec 2012 Q & A Five Questions interview – "The Geospatial growth engine" (link, registration required) and notes there is a more complete study, not all of which is publicly released.

- Google Lat Long Blog via AFP

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 06:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Last week PromoJam announced a new deal with Esri. You might ave missed it since the press release didn't mention Esri in the title. PromoJam is a social marketing platform. The system includes real time data to determine the success of the campaigns. Where does Esri come in?

And, through a groundbreaking partnership with Esri, the leading worldwide supplier of Geographic Information System (GIS) software and geodatabase management applications, PromoJam 2.0 enables marketers to create detailed demographic and geographic reports on campaign participants.

To those in the know that means the platform hooks up to the Esri Tapestry data. So, users of the platform can see in what geograhpies their customer are engaging and from which demographic groups they come. That in turn, can lead to more targeting promotions. SocialTech reports this deal is among the first of Esri's push to support startups.

The tool is one of the first publicly shown efforts of a new push by Redland-based GIS leader Esri to work with startups and other technology companies.

Jack Dangermond mentioned that at a press event at the User Conference last year (Directions Magazine coverage), but honestly, I'd forgotten about it! And, at the time I thought it was more geared to APIs, Geoloqi, and GeoIQ type technology.

I ran into the PromoJam founder and CMO, Amanda McNaughton, on Google+ and she has a pretty interesting story. Per an article in Women 2.0 (never heard of it!) She and her brother co-founded the company back in 2009 when MySpace was crashing and Facebook was rising. Great time to launch yet another social network, right? Her brother, from the music industry got a request for a clever way to mix music and viral messages. The pair's solution?

A pay-it-forward model, where users told their friends about the mixtape on Twitter and would be able to download the MP3 compilation for free – “Tweet-to-Download” we called it. We built it overnight using Twitter’s API and went to bed.

Response was huge. Then others started asking for the sort of promotions. So, the company pivoted to social media marketing. Early clients were in the music biz, but soon expanded to other areas and brands: The North Face and E! Entertainment. There was more funding in March 2012 and this month's updated launch of PromoJam 2.0.

It'll be interesting to see how PromoJam leverages Esri's data and Esri leverages PromoJam's expertise as a startup and a social media endeavor.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 05:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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