“The events of 9/11 and global issues such as tracking diseases, environmental concerns, and natural disasters have heightened awareness of the need to share data
across departments and organizations.At times, data sharing can even mean the difference between life and death.” Preetha Pulusani, President of Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions gives her take on the reason why interoperability means more than just sharing data.
The UK’s e-Government initiative to provide all services online by 2005 is currently a major focus for local authorities and councils.While turning this concept into
reality has been fraught with challenges, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) has made significant progress in delivering online services to its citizens
by placing location-based solutions at the heart of its IT strategy.
People get “jazzed” when they see an aerial photograph
or satellite image.It must be a visual thing.We like to look at remotely
sensed data…its like flying in a jet while being comfortably attached to
the ground.The contest will populate our new Image Gallery and we have some “high tech” toys to give away to both contest winners and for those who vote.Go to the Contest Home Page and find out all the details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.