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.
On March 3rd, the U. S. Geological Survey marked the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Landsat 5. The earth imaging satellite in a sun synchronous orbit with the Thematic Mapper payload offered both better spectral and spatial resolution than previous Landsat missions. Editor in Chief Joe Francica speaks with Dr. Tom Loveland, a USGS scientist at the EROS Data Center with over 30 years of experience with the Landsat mission.
Virtual Alabama is that state's tool to share data for public safety across jurisdictions. Built on Google Earth Enterprise, it's become a model of how to integrate local data for widespread use. Now, federal Homeland Security officials are floating the idea of a regional effort for southern states to share data to respond to natural hazards. Our editors take a look at the success of the state effort and ponder the challenges of scaling it up.
The economic recession is on everyone's mind. Last week's passage of the stimulus bill, aka the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was a bit vague on spending for specific projects involving geospatial technology... except one: mapping broadband. What exactly will that entail and what possible impact will it have on the expansion of communications in rural areas, LBS and wider dissemination of geospatial information?
This week Directions Media editors take a sober look at the obstacles that prevent geo startups from garnering expected success. We'll tap into the "lessons learned" from the brave entrepreneurs that launched businesses in recent years as well as what we've learned watching companies come and go.