This past week the geospatial technology community saw layoffs and product disruptions at Autodesk, Intergraph and Google. At the same time the community learned that industry players were taking the case for GIS for the nation to Capitol Hill advocating it be part of the incoming administration's stimulus package. We explore the downside of layoffs and product disruption and the possible upside of geospatial stimulus.
The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) sent a letter to Congressional leaders last week requesting establishment of subcommittee oversight of geospatial in the House and Senate. Why make such a request and why now? Our editors look at the request, the timing and what the future may hold.
With the new year sixdays old and economic challenges expected for every sector we explore four big challenges and opportunities for those in geospatial technology: (1) how U.S. investment in infrastructure may propel geotechnologies; (2) marketing geotechnologies in tough times; (3) the growth/contraction of location-based services; and (4) the renewed interest in "openness."
This week the podcast takes a look at some top ten lists - some from the geospatial world but mostly those from the broader tech Web space. Both sets of lists reveal quite a lot about where geospatial is as we come to the end of 2008.
The year is just about over so why did so many organizations announce new products, updates, agreements and developer opportunities this week? The distraction of the upcoming holidays may mean "few are paying attention" but we are! This week's podcast shares some of announcements you don't want to miss and why they are important.
Have you considered getting a PhD in GIS? What is a PhD in GIS? What schools offer them? Why would you want one? Is it a degree that can get you ahead outside of academia? We look at two programs that offer this top level degree and explore its emerging role in our marketplace.
How does a geospatial news outlet use new and social media? And, what's in it for readers and listeners? Our editors share how Directions Media is using these tools (including some tips for new users of Twitter and podcasts) and look ahead at better matching content and form to reader needs.
Whatever you choose to call the current economic situation, it's clearly impacting everything worldwide in one way or another. This week we look into the crystal ball to think through the impact on the geospatial technology industry. More than one company in the industry has seen its stock not just fall but plummet, and some are cutting jobs. But what about those in government positions? What about software vendors? Consultants? What's the prognosis for gadgets and phones? Join us to see if you agree with our editor's perspective.
Geogad Mobile Tours change your MP3 player into your personal mobile tour guide with voice narration and pictures. It is your personal tour guide to the most interesting places in the world. Geogad Mobile Tours include spoken directions and maps. Finding the next tour location is as easy as glancing at the screen of your mobile device and listening to the spoken directions. The presenter is Georgi Dagnall of Geogad, and the podcast was recorded at at Google headquarters during a meeting of the Web 2.0 Mapping and Social Networks Group.
GIS Day provides a chance for geospatial practitioners to tell the world about what they do and why it matters. Our editors share the key themes they'd want to get across to the public on this special day.
Many voices chime in to answer the question “How does one find existing services that implement OGC Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Web Coverage Service (WCS) interface standards these days?”