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OGC Tackles Aviation, Health, REST and Other Topics at 86th Technical Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 17th 2013

Attendees at September’s meeting of the Open Geospatial Consortium Technical Committee Meeting tackled geospatial standards issues related to all kinds of everyday concerns including air travel, health data, oil spill response, space and time searches and more. Carl Reed, OGC’s chief technology officer, reports.

Designing Electrical Networks in the Cloud

Thursday, September 26th 2013

Editorial: Why Microsoft Lost the War on Location Intelligence

Monday, August 26th 2013

With the coming departure of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the company has an opportunity to muster its plethora of location technology solutions and build a business. Right now, says Editor in Chief Joe Francica, the ship is rudderless. Francica digs into the reason why Microsoft is losing, and may have already lost, another technology battle.

Big Data: Nine Things Marketers Need to Know

Wednesday, August 7th 2013

Location-based marketing is a big data problem. Real-time data with location tags can offer a wealth of information but they can also lead to incorrect assumptions. Michele Nemschoff, vice president of corporate marketing for MapR Technologies, offers nine suggestions to ease the transition to big data marketing and analytics.

Storm Hazard and Risk Analysis Get Boost from CoreLogic, Weather Services International SaaS Solution

Thursday, August 1st 2013

A new business relationship between Weather Services International (WSI) and CoreLogic will integrate WSI hazard data, such as lightning risk data, into the RiskMeter Online platform to expand the availability of hazard risk analysis tools. Editor in Chief Joe Francica spoke in detail with Howard Botts, CoreLogic’s hazard risk scientist, about the potential payoff for insurance companies.

MapBox Continues to Innovate, Improve with OpenStreetMap

Sunday, June 9th 2013

MapBox has a straightforward business model: take a good, open source solution; mix in open data and make a better map. It uses OpenStreetMap as a foundation to build open source mapping services that companies like Foursquare and USA Today find very appealing. Directions Magazine asked Zack Pasavento, MapBox media relations manager, where the company is headed.

Why Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Missed the Importance of Location Analytics to Business Intelligence

Monday, May 13th 2013

Location-based data and analysis are considered so critical to the understanding of a business’ operations that business analytics software companies routinely and prominently boast maps as part of their dashboard visualization toolkits. But Gartner, the market research company, gives scant mention of the importance of location intelligence. Editor in Chief Joe Francica looks at what’s missing from its most recent “Magic Quadrant” report. 

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