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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

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.

Saturday, August 23rd 2003
by Directions Staff

How did they do it? Contestants from our First Annual Web Mapping contest used a variety of client, server, and database technology to produce some stunning results.Read on for some statistics (in graphical form) about the software employed to create these web wonders.

Friday, August 22nd 2003
by Hal Reid

Address matching for the average business user consists of using Street Centerline files and estimates of actual position relative to address ranges.What happens
when this just isn’t accurate enough?  This week in Providence, RI, URISA was addressing that issue as it relates to 911 applications, Homeland Security and using addresses as a common denominator
throughout the enterprise.Read more about what is going on at the conference.

Friday, August 22nd 2003
by Steve Lombardi

The best of the best, the Oscars of Web Mapping, the Golden Globes of Internet GIS…it is all here and Steve Lombardi of Microsoft shows us the way.Take a tour of Directions Magazine’s web mapping field of fine contestants with an eye toward the unique!

Thursday, August 21st 2003
by Joe Francica

MapInfo reported a profitable third quarter, their first in several.Mike Hickey, MapInfo’s Chief Operation Officer comments on the turnaround and the prospects for
continued growth in the retail and insurance sectors as well as opportunities he sees on the horizon.Editor-in-chief, Joe Francica spoke with Mr.Hickey on August 7, 2003.

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