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Wednesday, June 4th 2003
by Jim Baumann

Location, location, location may be the battle cry for
the retail sales industry, but precision mapping is literally a matter of life and death for a nation’s front line military units.
Going back nearly 150 years, cartographers have employed unique technical solutions to optimize the accuracy of battlefield maps and provide the necessary support for successful military campaigns.Read more about how they do it!

Thursday, May 29th 2003
by Joe Francica

Webraska, a leading location-based services (LBS) company, has emerged from the LBS market downturn, adjusted their business model, and grown
a following among wireless carriers to provide both off-board, PDA-based and telematics solutions.How did they do it and what’s on the horizon for
this survivor of LBS technology.That’s the focus this interview with Barry Glick, Webraska’s Chief Executive,
conducted by Joe Francica, Directions’ Editor-in-Chief.

Tuesday, May 27th 2003
by Joe Francica

The new policy issue by the National Security Council at the White House is great news for the satellite data providers.But what does it mean for promotion of commercially available remotely sensed imagery? What products with high spatial resolution might be useful and will they be inexpensive enough for the many businesses that could really use them? Read more…

Wednesday, May 21st 2003
by Joe Francica

The demographic profile of the average residential real estate agent is a white female, age 59, who attended high school.Now place this individual in a training
session for a database intensive system called the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), a vital tool for any agent looking to “make it” in this profession; add GIS, and stir.
A recipe for disaster? Not anymore.Solid Earth’s LIST-IT is taking realtors to the next tech level.

Sunday, May 18th 2003
by John Fisher

In this article, contributing columnist John Fisher, President of DMTI Spatial asks the very pointed question to those of us looking to “go cheap”: “Is free data really a bargain?”  Perhaps says Mr.Fisher.“If your data needs are limited and you are not concerned about data currency or maintaining the data over time, free data can
be quite useful.Generally speaking however, you get what you pay for.” Read his entire argument here…only in Directions Magazine.

Friday, May 16th 2003
by Joe Francica

Every week in this space, I discuss the “Business of Geography.” This week, the tide is turned and I want to address the
Geography of Business.Last
week, Forbes Magazine released their list of the
metropolitan areas for business and careers
and the best “small places” for the same.How much does geography play a part in the success of these cities and towns?

Thursday, May 15th 2003
by Directions Staff

An IKONOS satellite image shows the path of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma on May 8, 2003.The satellite image was recorded on the following day (May 9).  See the brief article showing images and maps of the tornado’s path.

Thursday, May 15th 2003
by Gilberto Câmara

The last 20 years have seen dramatic developments in GIS technology and geographical information science.Fierce competition and growing user demand has
resulted in a number of high-quality solutions, which are largely responsible for the vast increase in the GIS marketplace.However, the vast majority of the industry
solutions is aimed at supporting basic needs of capture, archival and visualization of spatial data.Moreover, GIS software development is bound to witness substantial change in the upcoming years, induced by technological advances in spatial databases.One of the possible responses to this challenge would be to establish a co-operative development network, based on open source technology.This article will explore the benefits of an open source library of spatial solutions.

Tuesday, May 13th 2003
by Joe Francica

Since the acquisition one year ago of CACI’s Marketing Information group by ESRI, the company has been busy integrating the products and cultures of the two groups.Directions Magazine editor Joe Francica interviewed David Huffman, ESRI’s Business Information Solutions Managing Director.Mr.Huffman has been in the
demographic data business for many years, including positions with NDS, UDS, and NRB, and came over to ESRI with the acquisition.He provides extensive information on ESRI BIS’s direction and where he sees the demographic data “solutions” market going in the near future.

Saturday, May 10th 2003
by Jim Baumann

Only 4 years ago, Chatham-Kent was formed by the amalgamation of 23 independent communities in 1998 with a mandate from the provincial government of Ontario to cut costs and streamline local government procedures.The city’s GIS application has the capability of mapping a location and then finding services nearby, such as schools, hospitals, golf courses, etc.A community calendar program is also available, which allows residents to check the location and availability of public facilities for events to avoid conflicts.

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