Autodesk Renames Tux MapGuide; "Geospatial
Foundation" to Meet in Chicago
Today Autodesk is announcing the new name for code called "Tux" which
was introduced at Autodesk University last fall as MapServer
Enterprise. Feedback from various communities, customers and partners
resulted in Autodesk selecting the name MapGuide Open Source for the
open source version of the code, Autodesk MapGuide Studio 2007 for the
authoring tool, and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007 for the company's
productized version of the server software.
Online discussions are underway to find a new name for the MapServer
Foundation, which is now seeking other open source geospatial projects
to join the effort. Suggestions include the "Open Geospatial
Foundation" and the "MapTools Foundation."
Members of the open source geospatial community are slated to meet
in Chicago on February 4. To date several representatives of projects
in addition to MapServer and MapGuide have planned to attend. A list
of attendees will be posted to the MapServer Foundation website. The
goal is to agree on topics, including a mission statement or short
charter, a governance model for the foundation, a founding Board of
Directors and an acceptable short list of foundation names. The
complimentary travel/lodging offered by Autodesk for 25 attendees has
been filled. Anyone who would like to make their way to Chicago for the
meeting is welcome. Those unable to travel may participate via Internet
Relay Chat #geofoundation at irc.freenode.net.
Developers have been downloading and "playing with" MapGuide Open
Source since it was made available on November 28 of last year.
Applications include traditional uses, as well as mashups with Google
Maps and other technologies. One such site is SpokaneMaps.com.
Bass New Autodesk CEO
On Tuesday Autodesk announced
that 14-year veteran chairwoman and CEO Carol Bartz will step down and
be succeeded by current COO Carl Bass. Bass has been with the company
for 10 years and from all accounts has been groomed for the position.
Bass expects little change in the short term and will be leading the
same slate of vice presidents with whom he currently works; he does not
expect to name a new COO in the short term.
At the end of one investor day webcast a few years ago, before Bartz
and Bass had removed their microphones, I believe I heard Bartz say
something on the order of "you'll be doing this one day." Bartz is one
of the most respected businesswomen in the world and once referred to
herself as "the rose between two thorns" during a keynote at AEC
Systems with Jim Meadlock of Intergraph and Keith Bentley of Bentley
Systems. She'll hold a part time position as executive chairwoman,
meeting with clients, developing emerging markets, and continuing
government relations work.
Directions Magazine does not expect the change to impact the
Infrastructure Solutions Division (ISD), currently headed by Vice
President Chris Bradshaw.
USGS Internal Investigation: Selection of Denver "Open and Fair"
In a transmittal
memo (pdf), acting USGS Director Patrick Leahy informed Secretary
Mark Limbaugh that investigations by an internal committee into the
process used by the USGS to select a location for the National
Geospatial Technical Operations Center had a few flaws but overall were
open, fair and adequate." Flaws in communications, in particular, were
acknowledged in the report (pdf).
Limbaugh agreed with the report's recommendation to continue the move
to Denver and restart the paused A-76 competition (which pits the USGS
against the private sector).
Congressional representatives from Missouri were most vocal about their
that the September decision overlooked the hard numbers, which appeared
to favor Rolla over Denver. Others have suggested that Denver was
selected since it was likely to compete less favorably with private
companies. The USGS maintains that Denver provided the best overall
environment for the center. A second investigation from the Inspector
General is still pending.