This week we look at some new and old terms creeping into and out of conversations about location technology. Have you heard about Hybrid GIS or Dislocation Intelligence? What words stay with us and which disappear?
This week we look at geodata formats - what's new, what's needed, what's working and what's not. Among our topics: Google's newly announced Map Data API, the Shapefile 2.0 Manifesto, SpatiaLite and the state of KML in the wild.
Many announcements related to location-based services came out of the CTIA show last week, including winners of the NAVTEQ LBS Challenge. Were any truly game changing? Our editors look at the current state of LBS and what may be ahead.
This week our editors look at something everyone in geospatial has likely presented or viewed: a demo. Has the importance of demos changed over the years? Does the medium matter? And, if the story is so good, do you even need to see one?
Editor in Chief Joe Francica speaks with ESRI's Rob Shanks, senior product manager of ArcGIS Online. Rob came to ESRI in July 2007 after many years as president and CEO of GlobeXplorer. Shanks discusses the new agreement with Microsoft that gives ArcGIS users access to Microsoft Virtual as part of ArcGIS Online at the ArcGIS 9.3.1 product release. Shanks provides more details on how ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server users will be able to connect directly to Virtual Earth and quickly start their GIS projects with ready-to-use content.
For years, geospatial has battled a demon: is it a special discipline in which we look at the world, or is it in fact nothing special, and indeed "for everyone"? Said another way: "Is spatial special?" Directions Magazine editors take look at the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde nature of the disciplines of geography and geospatial technology.
More than likely, if you've made a purchase online, your current location has been crosschecked against that of your credit card to determine if there's a likelihood of fraud. In today's podcast Sonja Schindeler, vice president of Business Development, Quova, Inc. explains how five specific location-based best practices help limit the risk of fraud. This is a very different way of performing location intelligence.
The geospatial technology provider marketplace is growing every day. New players are hitching their wagons to the demand for enterprise solutions from specialized corners of information technology, not to mention the far corners of the globe. How can we make sense of the lay of the land and what the future may hold? Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg explore a new map and the possible road ahead.
Last August, John Graham took the helm of Intergraph's Security, Government and Infrastructure Division (SG&I), which provides geospatial technology products and services. Graham spoke to Editor in Chief Joe Francica about his evaluation of the worldwide geospatial marketplace as he looks to restructure his division to work with a more global perspective. He also commented on the competitive landscape in the GIS sector, as well as how the company continues to see opportunity in spite of the current economic downturn.
This week we look at several lawsuits within the geospatial community that have made news in the past few weeks. While we are not legal experts or lawyers, we will explore what they may "really" be about. Microsoft is suing TomTom; the Borings of Pennsylvania are going after Google once again and Pictometry and GEOSPAN continue to duke it out about patents.