Last week Google announced it would use only Tele Atlas data for its mapping applications, effectively dropping NAVTEQ, now owned by Nokia. Is there a data war? Or perhaps a browser war? Also: Microsoft reveals its vision for a tagged real world even as a Japanese company shows off its implementation of that vision. Is it time for real world geotagging? Our editors tackle these questions in this week's discussion.
This week two different vendors, Netezza and Teradata, announced spatial extensions for their data warehouse appliances. Our editors explain the new offerings and explore what the questions these solutions prompt for geospatial practitioners as well as traditional database administrators. Is one of these solutions in your future?
Editor-in-Chief Joe Francica ran the LBS gauntlet last week by attending NAVTEQ Connections, CTIA and the SiRF Location 2.0 Summit. The big takeaway is the power of a single device to manage one business and personal life on a single location-enabled device. In the last year, Francica explains, LBS has become part of the enterprise. He and Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg explore the changes that have come with this growth.
With news of two satellite launches in as many weeks and many deals around imagery in the news, it's time to look at the new data that will be available and explore how they may be delivered and used. Among the soon to be available data: red edge, a part of the spectrum that can help evaluate stress on vegetation. Join our editors as they review the facts and speculate about the future.
Craig Rosa, interactive producer of KQED, San Francisco, presents the "cross-platform, cross-editorial program" KQED Quest. Craig explains how KQED Quest reinforces the message of global environmentalism by educating viewers about their local geography. Craig says Quest's mantra is: "geo-tag everything." This podcast comes to us from Back Five Productions and Endpoint Environmental LLC, the producers of the Web 2.0 Mapping and Social Networks Meetup Group, a group that meets monthly in Silicon Valley.
This podcast provides a look at a new GPS-enabled digital camera memory card that instantly uploads pictures to your online map of choice. Ziv Gillat, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Eye-Fi, discusses why the technology is useful for backpackers who want to capture their travels both on digital images and a map.
It's not news that the Obama campaign has been a great user of technology up to this point. Last week, at the Democratic National Convention, the campaign used live maps to engage, enable and incite its supporters. We look at what was so special about this use of maps, why it worked and how the basic idea might be used elsewhere.
With this past weekend's Beijing summer Olympics closing ceremonies the event goes into hibernation for another four years. What will we recall? Phelps' eight swimming golds? The Chinese taking more golds than another other country? A first Olympic gold medal for Mongolia (in judo)? Perhaps. But will anyone following the games say they learned a bit more about the world, about geography?
REI's Rico Simpkins, Online Community Development Manager, speaks about the past, present and future of REI. Up until now, REI's Internet presence has been merchandise-based. REI's new goal is to bring the community they foster in their stores, to the Web, part of which is getting users to share vacation information such as user-generated maps of their travels. In Rico's words, he wants to develop an "online" community that gets people "offline."
Our editors ponder Autodesk's quarterly expectation-beating revenues. The company reported solid growth around the world even as gas and food costs remain high. Just what is the company doing right and what can we extrapolate to geospatial companies in particular? Also, a look at Autodesk's recent acquisition of 3D, standards focused company in Germany.
Location sharing is back in the news as new apps try to offer better mousetraps for sharing oneís location with friends and family. We look at PlaceUs and Jink. Meanwhile two well-known players, LinkedIn and Google, add location sharing where itís not been before. Do these new and enhanced entries suggest location-based services are maturing?