Top 5 Directions Magazine Podcasts from Fall 2012

By Adena Schutzberg

1. Nokia Rebrands Mapping: The Perspective from an Enterprise GIS Partner

This week we get the lowdown on all of Nokia's recent mapping announcements from Jim Reid, president of ADCi, a long time Nokia partner.

2. Is GIS Education Bait and Switch?

Last week a discussion of Spatial Information Technology (SpatialIT) came to a bit of a head. The conversation, lead by OpenGeo’s Paul Ramsey may have unearthed a truth many would rather not hear: "...as we know, GIS courses are just the bait in the trap, to suck naïve students into a career where 90% of the activity is actually in data creation (digitization monkey!) and publication (map monkey!), not in analysis." Is that right?

3. Esri’s Geoloqi Acquisition: Why?

Last week Esri announced at its European User Conference that had acquired LBS firm Geoloqi. Our editors look at why Esri might be interested in the firm and the new market areas it might open.

4. Paper Map Publishers Reinvent their Business Model

You may not have heard but the International Map Trade Association renamed itself the International Map Industry Association. Have map publishers been part of the GIS and online mapping revolution? Can they find a way to straddle the two worlds?

5. Apple Maps Underwhelms: What Does it Mean to Consumer Mapping and Professional GIS?

The early verdict is in: Apple Maps on iOS 6 underwhelms the tech press and some users. What does this situation suggest about the state of consumer mapping and are there implications for GIS professionals?

Published Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg


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