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Wednesday, February 5th 2003
by Jim Stark

He’s been on the run for over a year.Hiding in caves, mountaintops, and countrysides, Osama Bin Laden is America’s most wanted.As U.S.military forces vigilantly track and monitor his every move to try to capture him and his henchmen, arguably the most effective weapon in their arsenal is
global positioning systems, more commonly known as GPS.

Wednesday, February 5th 2003
by Dr. William Graf

Professor Graf provides ample reason why all geographers need to be cognizant of the work by the National Research Councils (NRC) two bodies focussed on mapping issues.“The importance of the two geography committees at NRC is that they give American geographers a voice in issues of national and international importance, and they
put geographers on a similar footing with physicists, chemists, medical specialists, biologists, and other scientists.” Read about what has been done and how to get involved…only at Directions Magazine.

Wednesday, February 5th 2003
by Joe Francica

Editor Joe Francica summarized the market for GIS technology in 2002 by way of the public statements made recently by software vendors as well as a look ahead to what must be done in 2003 for market activity to improve…plus a brief remembrance of Space Shuttle Columbia and the men and women who are personally affected in “The Rocket City.”

Wednesday, January 29th 2003
by Joe Francica

Directions Magazine interviewed Larry Delaney, MapInfo’s Director of LBS technology, to determine how MapInfo was weathering the bursting of the LBS bubble and when he thought we might see a rebound in this sector.Read the entire interview to get a perspective on MapInfo’s strategic direction and where Mr.Delaney’s sees the potential in the next 18 month’s for this market.

Wednesday, January 29th 2003
by Jim VanderMeer

Much of the hype and hysteria of LBS that occurred in 2000-2001 has passed, as has the doldrums of 2002.This month, our contributing editor on LBS, Jim VanderMeer from Airbiquity takes us through what he believes will be a maturing of the market and “realistic implementations of location revenue models.”

Tuesday, January 28th 2003
by Steve Gilheany

Contributing writer, Steve Gilheany, makes a compelling argument for moving all data to RAM.Crazy? Maybe, but access speed is key and the gap is narrowing between the cost of RAM and that of disk space.Read more of Mr.Gilheany’s insights in the “Nuts & Bolts” special feature…only in Directions Magazine.

Thursday, January 23rd 2003
by Joe Francica

At OracleApps World in San Diego this year, Larry Ellison, CEO and Founder of Oracle, provided vision and countered his foes.“Databases will get larger and more inclusive,” said Ellison.This article is an overview of his keynote address and Editor Joe Francica’s take on what it means for spatial databases.

Wednesday, January 22nd 2003
by Joe Francica

Directions Magazine caught up with Randy Johnson at URISA this past year and he talked about the success of MetroGIS, which won the Exemplary Systems in Government award.Mr.Johnson is the Staff Coordinator for this collaborative that shares spatial technology resources in the Minneapolis-St.Paul region.Read this article to find out how one region of local governments is finding innovative ways to spread costs.

Saturday, January 18th 2003
by Joe Francica

The report this past week that the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) had awarded a five-year contract for the acquisition of
high-resolution satellite imagery to Space Imaging and DigitalGlobe was welcomed news.Last year proved difficult for these companies that have
large investments in technology and a heavy reliance on government contracts.In an exclusive and timely interview with the top executives from
these satellites data providers as well as from Pixxures Inc., Direction’s Magazine editor Joe Francica explores the reasons for a shaky
2002 and where the demand for products will be for the year ahead.

Monday, January 13th 2003
by Joe Francica

Directions Magazine conducted an extensive interview with one of the key software principals of Intergraph Corporation, Dr.Ignacio Guerrero, who is Vice
President of Development for the Mapping and Geospatial Solutions Division.Dr.Guerrero spoke at length about the improvements in Oracle9i in addition to the
collision he sees approaching between the topology that Oracle is building into Oracle10i and Laser-Scan’s Radius topology.Read more about where he sees spatial
databases heading…only in Directions Magazine.

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