In a soft economy, you look for companies that can rise above the malaise and strike a different message, produce exceptional products, and find value for their
customers.Companies that can not only adapt but also innovate during the downturn will be poised for exponential growth during the upswing.These are the “change
agents” in business.I believe there are a few that should be noted.
A major study of subsea mapping data conducted by the University of New Hampshire under a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) used GIS technology to provide the United States the information needed to decide how much new seafloor mapping is required before pursuing a claim
that could extend the U.S.jurisdiction over the seabed and subsoil on the continental margin beyond the current Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
While Great Britain’s Ordnance Survey (OS) doesn’t produce maps at a scale of 1:1 quite yet, its Landline series offers maps at a resolution of 1:1250, allowing the display of individual buildings, which is very useful to those requiring detailed mapping, such as architects, telecommunication engineers, and surveyors.In addition to Landline, the OS produces a wide variety of maps and services, including more than 25 mapping products at various scales for professional, business, and leisure use, as well as a number of services, such as consulting, database development, surveying, mapping, and printing.
The 26th Annual Geospatial Information and Technology Association Conference began with an appropriate theme, given our current economic situation: “Adding Value to Your Business.” Indeed, the conference, usually focused on applications oriented toward the electric, gas, water, and telecommunication utilities, was thematically recognizing the buying imperative of the utility information technology executives.Said a different way, “we’re not buying more technology unless we can save or make money with it—NOW.” Vendors with whom I spoke said that it was precisely for this reason they expected spending for spatial solutions to grow, even with the industry downturn.
Former Chief Strategist for Netscape and new contributing columnist for Directions Magazine, Kevin Coleman begins his regular column focused on Technology and Homeland Security.He will be contributing additional insights on emerging technologies and potential new weapons…only in Directions Magazine.
With the country bracing itself for a war with Iraq, Americans are concerned about their security.Local, state, and federal agencies realize they need a single
application to facilitate and coordinate the rapid movement of personnel and resources in response to emergency situations.
As part of the newly formed Department of Homeland Security, a team has been established to coordinate the dissemination of geospatial information.The Interagency Geospatial Preparedness Team (IGPT) within the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) was established “to improve the posture of state and local governments to better respond to disasters through greater geospatial preparedness; the IGPT works harmony with the Administration’s E-gov initiative, Geospatial One-Stop” according to the mission statement of the team.
Each day during the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake, many athletes competed in different activities at the same time at separate venues, but in the public safety arena,
the playing field was the same for all the agencies monitoring the Olympic activities.For the people at the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command (UOPSC), GIS was
the tool that delivered the same accurate, relevant, and up-to-date data to all the people keeping an eye on the situation.And when fans and athletes packed up to go home after the Winter Olympics, the system remained in Utah as part of the state’s Office of Homeland Security.
MapQuest.com is well known for providing maps and driving directions on the web for travelers and general information on points of interest, business locations, and
other attractions.However, the company is trying to penetrate the enterprise market with more location services.Directions Magazine editor Joe Francica (JF)
interviewed Walt Doyle (WD), Vice President of MapQuest, regarding the products and services offered to businesses and the recent release of MapQuest’s
Enterprise Server 2.0.
Where did you first see maps on the web? My guess is that it was probably using Mapquest circa 1994…way back when…when the web was exciting, new, and
prosperous.Prosperous? OK, well, exciting then.And the fact that you could get driving directions…well, that was fun, too, if not useful! And then, GIS software
companies, both large and small, took notice and moved much of the typical mapping functionality to the web.This article explores the ascent of web mapping and the technology that will support its continued evolution.
A gathering of the European OpenStreetMap communit, State of the Map Europe, took place in Karlsruhe, Germany in June. Hundreds of attendees met to discuss various aspect of the project. Ed Freyfogle details how OpenStreetMap (OSM) has come a long way.