At the celebration of the Open Geospatial Consortium's 20th anniversary banquet, numerous remembrances were delivered on behalf of founders and benefactors such as David Schell and many others. However, it was Dr. Chris Tucker, founder of MapStory and current OGC board member, and Steve Liang, of the Universary of Calgary, who articulated the vision for the next 10 years.
Ralph Straumann and Christoph Graf of Ernst Basler + Partner Ltd. in Switzerland attended the Esri Partner Conference and the Esri Developer Summit in Palm Springs in March.They report on, and assess some of the trends that they identified.
Author Stephen Keen thinks we have a problem in using the term “GIS.” “The challenge that we face by using the term ‘GIS’ to describe our profession is that it means so many different things to so many different people.” With tongue partially in cheek, he describes how GIS addresses a whole array of technologies and methodologies, and the need to differentiate ourselves as professionals.
InSphere is a new hosted service from Trimble that provides access toapps for managing data, project information and field equipment, as well as support for other field management services. Alain Samaha, business area director of software for Trimble’s Geospatial Division, provides more details in this interview with Editor in Chief Joe Francica.
Dónde is a mobile app solution provider that offers retailers amobile store locator packaged with an analytics dashboard to provide insights that drive retail sales. The solution elucidates who is visiting a retailer’s website and then buying products at that retailer’s location. Or, as CEO Anthony Nicalo explains it,“uncovering the equation that equals clicks-to-bricks.”