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Monday, September 29th 2003

This article describes how wireless carriers can potentially increase network traffic and usage revenues by functioning as a wireless data and location pipe to
enterprises and government agencies that manage their own location-based applications.

Thursday, September 25th 2003
by Joe Francica

After serving two terms as governor of Wyoming, Jim Geringer sought new challenges in the private sector.GIS, a tool he had come to appreciate as a policy maker, caught his attention and he recently accepted a position with ESRI.Editor-in-Chief, Joe Francica caught up with the governor at the National States Geographic Information
Council (NSGIC) conference in Nashville last week.

Wednesday, September 24th 2003
by Joe Francica

As both a practitioner and journalist for geospatial technology, I attend many conferences during the year.Some, I wonder why they still survive.That was not the
case with the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC, held in Nashville last week.Now here is a group of GIS professionals who have
an incredibly important mission and whose job could only be done by “burning the candle at both ends.” There may be no other professional group whose goal of
coordination and technical ‘advisorship’ has a greater impact on how geospatial information is shared with the public.Read more about the importance of NSGIC’s role in coordinating nationwide geospatial information.

Sunday, September 21st 2003
by Joe Francica

Last week, four geographic information system software companies announced an unprecedented initiative to promote interoperability between their software platforms
via an Oracle database.Autodesk, Intergraph, Laser-Scan, and MapInfo announced that they would each release “interoperability kits” that would enable customers with mixed software environments to share data and edit an Oracle spatial database without the annoying problems of incompatibility.Read more about how this new initiative will work.

Friday, September 19th 2003
by Cecilia Hellman

Ensuring that the company database contains accurate address records can save money in myriad ways.First, there are the savings that accrue simply from getting
more mail to its intended recipients on time.These include savings on postage, faster receipt of funds owed, better customer relations, and a higher ROI on
marketing campaigns…after all, the direct mail piece that doesn’t reach its market doesn’t lead to a sale! Read more about the risks of a bad address.

Wednesday, September 17th 2003
by Richard Serby

Richard Serby’s “Directions on Careers” column this month deals with “the basics” of communication skills, first impressions, and how to look “one notch above” the competition when going to an interview…all common sense issues that we sometimes forget, and which often result in missed opportunities.Get the right advice here…

Friday, September 12th 2003
by Joe Francica

Two key items were brought to the attention of the Spatial Information Market (SIM) community by market research firm IDC: Oracle 10g “will be to greatly expand the total addressable SIM market,” and will force existing SIM vendors “to adopt new business models to take advantage of the market space that Oracle can open.” Editor Joe Francica looks at a changing market climate.

Thursday, September 11th 2003
by Andres Abeyta

The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) has recently taken aggressive steps to reduce its risk of wildfire.In 2001, the MOA was declared a community at risk for wildfire by the USDA Forest Service.This article reviews the image processing applications used to classify vegetation and forest fuel structure and develop spatial models that produce relative fire risk maps.

Thursday, September 11th 2003
by Joe Francica

Ionic Software promotes their RedSpiderWeb products as the “first truly OGC-compliant” location technology for creating web services and other
solutions that are faithful to the mantra of interoperability standards.Direction’s Editor-in-Chief, Joe Francica, spoke with Ionic’s president, Chris Tucker, regarding its technology and adherence to OGC’s philosophy.

Tuesday, September 9th 2003
by Joe Francica

Directions Magazine takes a special look at the new portal developed by the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in conjunction with the U.S.
Geological Survey, called The GeoSpatial One-Stop (GOS).Many good data resources and plenty of sites to download data for your GIS.

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