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.
Players in the geospatial arena are offering groupings of products referred to as platforms or portfolios to address enterprise needs. Bentley this week announced its V8i portfolio. A few weeks ago Microsoft rolled out its Single View Platform. Are these launches just marketing efforts or is there more?
Ten years ago this week Directions Magazine launched. The names in the news included Microsoft, MapInfo, Seagate, Mapquest and Broward County, Florida. Join our editors for a look back at that week's news to see some of the changes in our industry and community in the last decade.
Graduates of higher education programs in geographic information systems and science who can code software and build apps are highly sought after by employers. David DiBiase, Esri’s director of education, explains how the Esri Development Center (EDC) program confers special status and benefits upon a select few leading university departments that challenge their students to develop innovative applications based upon the ArcGIS platform....