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What is the Google Maps Engine Public Data Program?

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013

The team at Directions got a very short briefing on Google's Google Maps Engine Pro announcement Monday. I've been digging around to find other bits that were apparently part of the announcement. I saw on TechCrunch that there was an announcement about a new "public data program." I guess it was...

Getting Market Transitions Right in Location and Geospatial Tech

Wednesday, October 9th 2013

In a recent interview in InformationWeek, Cisco CEO John Chambers was asked about the extreme pressure his network hardware company faces from Asian competitors like Huawei, which has designs on a U.S. market. Chambers was reminded by editor Rob Preston about a prognostication Chambers made a few...

Report: Location matters: Spatial Standards for the Internet of Things

Friday, October 4th 2013

In September International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) published Location matters: Spatial standards for the Internet of Things (pdf). It's a 3Mb, 28 page PDF. Precise and accurate location (spatial) information enhance our association with our natural...

Microsoft, Nokia Deal: Nothing’s Changed for HERE ... For Now

Tuesday, September 3rd 2013

The deal announced today that brings Nokia's devices and services business (read: cell phones) to Microsoft for $7.17 Billion leaves Nokia's HERE location technology business unit untouched. Some are speculating that this may leave HERE open to an eventual sale by Nokia. (I'd suggest reading Marc...

Autodesk Gives Users SaaS Solution and Data Agnostic Approach for Infrastructure Design

Wednesday, August 7th 2013

Today, Autodesk announced the release of Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro. In branding other products as a cloud-based solutions, Autodesk assigns the "360" designation to InfraWorks, a software solution for civil engineering design and infrastructure project collaboration. Autodesk InfraWorks 360...

Round Up of Directions Magazine Esri UC Coverage

Monday, July 15th 2013

User Conference The Urban Observatory: Comparative Visualization of Urban Development? ArcGIS for Desktop Licenses to Gain Access to ArcGIS Online: The Details Real-Time Data is Really Here ... Kind of, Almost Wired Magazine Starts a Mapping Blog Two Sights Worth Noting at...

Apple, Google and Microsoft Tweak Mapping Offerings

Thursday, June 27th 2013

These are all smallish tweaks, but together illustrate how those little things are mattering more and more during this time of Map Wars! Microsoft The Maps app in Windows 8, powered by Bing, will get 3D imagery when it becomes available in the fall, Microsoft corporate vice president...

Esri Teams with Graebert GmbH to Link to CAD Software to ArcGIS Online

Thursday, June 13th 2013

Graebert GmbH is known for its licenseable ARES CAD platform. It forms the core of:  Graebert's own ARES Commander (3D, customizable offering, DWG compatible) $800) with available optional archectrual, mechanical, electrical and other extensions. CorelCAD from Corel...

My Take on the Google Maps MOOC

Wednesday, June 12th 2013

I'm five lessons into the Google Maps MOOC (Mapping with Google), which I am taking more to learn about how Google is teaching the course than for improving my aptitude with Maps or Earth. With the boom in massive open online courses (MOOC), I find it instructive to understand how geospatial...

Google Announces Maps Engine API

Thursday, June 6th 2013

Google announced an API for its Google Maps Engine on Wednesday. Here's the key bit from the blog post: Today we're announcing the Google Maps Engine API, allowing developers to bring the power of Maps Engine into their own applications. Maps Engine lets organizations use Google’s fast...

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