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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.

Monday, September 8th 2003
by Joe Francica

“I think that this announcement rates as a pretty big deal.” says Dave Sonnen, IDC analyst.“Oracle’s network data model, geocoding, topology, georeferenced raster, and advanced spatial analysis
will make geospatial technology available to a much wider range of customers.It will be interesting to see how the geospatial vendors react.” Read more about the latest moves by Oracle in the spatial information managment market.

Thursday, September 4th 2003
by Joe Francica

This week, as summer draws to a close (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere), and none too soon for our European readers I am sure,
Direction’s Magazine presents a review of the top articles published these past several months.We hope you will find them useful and, if you are in the
teaching profession, we hope your classes will benefit by all of the resources found on Directions.

Friday, August 29th 2003
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As an American citizen I appreciate 911 services, particularly in a post-9/11 world of uncertainty.Now, with mobile location determination issues more or less solved we can look forward to the same security that we had with wireline service.So, where is the next hurdle.Read more about the role of public safety answering points…the PSAP!

Thursday, August 28th 2003
by Nora Parker

Blue Marble Geographics turns ten this month, and as founder Jeff Cole says, considering they’re a software company founded in the early 90’s with a .com strategy,
some might be surprised they’ve experienced as much success as they have.Cole took time out on the eve of a major new release of their flagship product,
Geographic Calculator, to speak with Senior Editor, Nora Parker, about where they’ve been, where they’re hoping to go and what challenges they see in the future.

Wednesday, August 27th 2003
by Steve Gilheany

Every kind of networking is coming together: LANs (Local Area Networks),
SANs (Storage / System Area Networks), telephony, cable TV, inter-city
optical fiber links, etc., but if you don’t call it Ethernet you cannot
sell it.Read more about what you can expect for the future of extreme bandwidths.

Tuesday, August 26th 2003
by Joe Francica

Daratech, a market research firm, released a report this week indicating that the GIS marketplace was projected to grow 8% in 2003.In a global economy that is
sputtering, 8% looks pretty good.Now, if you have been paying attention, you will have noticed several positive trends for the spatial information
business and the economy, in general.Read more about where our sector of the IT world is in term of growth prospects for the future.

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