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Monday, March 23rd 2009
by Adena Schutzberg

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.

Tuesday, March 17th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

Monday, March 16th 2009
by Joe Francica

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.

Tuesday, March 10th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

Monday, March 9th 2009
by Joe Francica

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.

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

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.

Tuesday, February 24th 2009
by Joe Francica

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?

Tuesday, February 17th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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.

Tuesday, February 10th 2009
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Guest host David Smith of Synergist Technologies joins Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg to explore last week's National Geospatial Advisory Committee meeting and the discussions regarding a National Spatial Data Infrastructure and how these issues might play out in the federal stimulus bill.

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, 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.

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