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Tuesday, February 3rd 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Open source is in the news again. This past week the U.S. Department of Defense announced Forge.mil, an open source project repository akin to SourceForge. Last month President Obama tapped Sun Co-founder Scott McNealy to prepare a document on open source and its potential role in government. But what of open source GIS? How is that corner of geospatial being funded and groomed for growth? We'll look at three paths that have led to open source growth and their likelihood for success in the coming months and years.

Friday, January 30th 2009
by Joe Francica

Last week, The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced the release of Spatial Infrastructures, the second white paper to be published in the Geospatial Dimensions of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Response (CIP-ER) White paper series. In this interview, Directions Magazine Editor in Chief Joe Francica speaks with John Moeller of Northrop Grumman the paper's author and Bob Samborski, executive director of GITA. The discussion focuses on driving awareness of geospatial technology to a broader audience, especially Congress, as well as the initiatives by the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) and others to do the same. Listen now...

Friday, January 30th 2009
by Joe Francica

For this exclusive interview, Directions Media Editor in Chief Joe Francica spoke with Mike Hickey, president of Pitney Bowes Business Insight, about the recently announced business unit composed of Pitney Bowes MapInfo and Group 1 Software. After the acquisition of MapInfo in 2007, Hickey took charge of this unit. He was tasked with overseeing the synergy that existed between these two companies focused on business geographics and location intelligence. He would also need to determine where this unit fit within the parent company's primary business, mailstream technology.

Tuesday, January 27th 2009
by Gareth Mitchell

The BBC's radio program Digital Planet explores the "Geographic web" in this week's episode. The 26 minute podcast covers three topics: (1) Google Maps in Brazil with a focus on Android and maps on mobile phones, (2) geocaching, and (3) the wonder of "travel bugs," trinkets that travel the world making pit stops in geocaches.

Tuesday, January 27th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Hybrid positioning refers to handsets that use GPS and another technology to determine the device's location. Such solutions use Wi-Fi access points, cell towers, TV towers and their related signals, RFID and/or Bluetooth as a companion for when GPS is not enough. A recent report suggests growing use of hybrid solutions. What might your future and that of geospatial marketplace look like as these solutions proliferate? Our editors share some scenarios and point out gaps in the existing infrastructure, i.e., places to make money.

Wednesday, January 21st 2009
by Web 2.0 Mapping and Social Networks Meetup Group

This podcast features Chris Butler, Independent LBS Evangelist. Butler discusses "Location, Awareness" and the context in which it applies to mapping and social networks. It is a high level, compelling, but inherently intuitive lecture on how context - who, when, where, why, what, and how - is valuable to your application, product or service. Listen now...

Tuesday, January 20th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

Tuesday, January 13th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

Tuesday, January 6th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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."

Tuesday, December 30th 2008
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

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