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Wednesday, May 13th 2009
by Joe Francica

Jian Lange, ArcPad product manager, and Elvin Slavik, lead ArcPad developer, talk about new capabilities, performance improvements, and quality enhancements in ArcPad 8.

Tuesday, May 12th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

A bill before the Texas legislature will require a disclaimer to accompany geospatial data products created or hosted by a government body if the data "was not produced using information from an on-the-ground survey conducted by or under the supervision of a registered professional land surveyor." Our editors think through the implications of such a bill and ask surveyors to add their input.

Tuesday, May 5th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

This week we take a look at YourStreet, at one time a cutting edge hyperlocal site that tapped into key location technologies. Last week in an e-mail the company explained that due to cost it was dropping maps. The upside? Pages load faster. We'll think through the logic of this move and the future of hyperlocal news.

Tuesday, April 28th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Do we encourage the next generation of young geospatial professionals to get degrees in specific disciplines such as geology, forestry, urban planning, etc. or do we train them to be "geospatial thinkers" with a degree in GIS? This was the question posed at a panel at last week's Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference. This week we review the panelists' thoughts and offer our opinions.

Tuesday, April 21st 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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?

Tuesday, April 14th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

Monday, April 6th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

Tuesday, March 31st 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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?

Monday, March 30th 2009
by Joe Francica

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.

Tuesday, March 24th 2009
by Directions Magazine français

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.

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