Autodesk (ADSK) announced second quarter revenue yesterday. The publicly traded company is often a bellwether for the global economy's appetite for infrastructure projects. "Our second quarter was marked by strength in our Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) business segment and continued growth in suites," said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. Revenue from AEC popped 9% to $177 Million compared to the second quarter last year. The company is going through a shift to more flexible licensing plans and a move to more cloud-based solutions.
The reports seems somewhat in contrast to news from China and India where economic reports indicate a slowdown in growth for those countries. Autodesk reported that revenue in its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) sector declined by only 1% to $158 Million over last year's second quarter and increased 4% on a constant currency basis.
Revenue from flagship products decreased 11% to $289 million compared to the second quarter last year. Taken together, this is a rather mixed bag for Autodesk given that its core AutoCAD product declined in sales but vertical markets in AEC saw improvement.
by Joe Francica on 08/23 at 04:42 AM |
A new map of Detroit neighborhoods, created by Alex Alsup of Loveland Technologies (also behind Why Don't We Own This, covered here), tapped many sources, including the public. Oddly, the finished map is not available at the site (that I could find), but news outlets are publishing it.
- Deadline Detroit
Bolivar County, MS is set to move its geospatial data (that's voting data at right) to the Web. First up is a tool to help citizens find voting locations; Talbot Brooks at Delta State College is advising. County Attorney Ellis Turnage presented the base map idea and it was approved. His quote on the technology, refered to as geographic information technology:
This technology is amazing. They can make maps large enough to cover this entire wall.
- The Bolivar Commercial
The satellite images received by Turkey’s RASAT satellite will be open to the public through an online portal, the state scientific research institute TÜBİTAK has said in a statement.
The portal is expected to launch later this year.
- Hurriyet Daily News via Geospatial World
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 04:03 AM |
The Jacksonville Illinois schoolboard had two pieces of news: one about a new contract for bus drivers and one about the new GIS course.
The meeting opened with a review of the Geographic Information Systems class introduced last year at Jacksonville High School. GIS is an elective, semester-long course in JHS’ social studies department for juniors and seniors.
“I think the value of the course is that it becomes a collaborative effort between the students and teachers,” said Dan Keller, who teaches the class with fellow JHS instructor Jim Chelsvig. “Our goal is to let the students complete a spatial project of their own design.”
Brendan Barlow, who graduated from JHS in the spring, and JHS senior David Sibert spoke about the merits of the GIS class.
“I liked the fact that the final project allowed me to cover a topic that I’m passionate about,” Barlow said. “The course prepared me for college or the workforce by teaching me self-discipline as I completed a lot of the work in my free time.”
Sibert added, “It was probably the most fun class I’ve ever taken because I’ve always loved geography, and the class helped me realize that I could use geography in a career.”
I wonder if there are mentors, or a link to local college programs or employers?
- Courier Journal
There are new tools for digital humanities out of the University of North Carolina.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an easy-to-use website-building tool that puts previously complex digital programming into the hands of historians and researchers. The new tool, called the Digital Humanities Toolkit or DH Press, provides a way for historians, researchers, teachers and others to create interactive websites, virtual tours, data maps and multimedia archives with a WordPress platform. It also organizes data in more easily searchable and intuitive ways, such as mapping. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Digital Innovation Lab (DIL) and its Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) collaborated on the new tool.
There's a new citizen science tool from the Cornell Ornithology Lab:
YardMap is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments.
But it's more than just data collection:
YardMap is also the world’s first interactive citizen scientist social network. When you join you are instantly connected to the work of like-minded individuals in your neighborhood, and across the country.
- Yard Map via @mhacklay
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/23 at 03:56 AM |