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.
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.
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...
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.
Why do students already involved in GIS have such a challenging time finding topics for papers? Why is it so hard, and how can educators and professionals help?