Retailers are reveling in the news that Black Friday saw a better than expected boost in consumer spending with Cyber Monday taking on a life of its own. Directions Magazine editors Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg try to make sense of the current retailing environment with an eye on the location technologies that are contributing to the way consumers think about getting to the mall or shopping online.
This week the editors tackle a question that came up in their work recently: Just what constitutes a "location-based service"? The topic emerged as the editors discussed which posts at All Points Blog should be tagged "LBS." In this podcast they tease out their own definitions and explore the future of the term. We apologize for the less than optimal sound quality; we hope the content is worth the effort. The podcast is 16 minutes long and was recorded on November 19, 2007.
Have you ever wondered about the economic impact of GIS and spatial information on the global economy? Or about the savings that businesses can obtain by more effectively utilizing spatial information? How can spatial information be used to predict the health and wealth of the economy? We explore those questions and more in our weekly podcast.
As geospatial practitioners we are firmly committed to the idea that geography matters. The media knows this, too; that's why the local news is on at 6 pm and the national news at 6:30. But what about local news on the Web? How well are new technologies, including smarter search algorithms and automated maps, doing at making local sites compelling? Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg tours a few such sites and renders her verdict. The podcast is 15 minutes long and was recorded on November 5, 2007.
Mash-ups and other Web 2.0 tools took center stage at many California media outlets this week as they tried to keep up with the latest information on the fires in that state and serve it to readers. The efforts were truly spectacular, and one My Maps implementation became a Web favorite (1.2 million views) as well as a resource for first responders. This week we look at those efforts and look ahead to what might be done better in the future. The podcast is 16 minutes long and was recorded on October 29, 2007.
USGIF's GEOINT Symposium runs this week in San Antonio, Texas. It's a gathering of those in and around the defense and intelligence communities to explore collaborating and integrating geospatial intelligence to support the national security mission. Editor-in-Chief Joe Francica attended the first day's presentations and shares his thoughts on this largest GEOINT event ever, persistent surveillance, getting actionable intelligence to the war fighter and a move beyond 3D.
This week Adena Schutzberg offers a commentary focusing on changing attitudes in the technology and geospatial marketplace. In particular, she suggests we are growing more and more comfortable with smaller software providers, smaller consulting firms and non-traditional development/distribution and licensing models, that is with open source. The podcast was recorded on October 12, 2007 and is 12 minutes long.
Local governments are faced with the possibility of keeping some information behind the firewall of public-facing mapping websites in the name of critical infrastructure protection. What features should be hidden in the name of suppressing information from would-be terrorists? Is it an all or nothing decision and where do you draw the line? Editors Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg explore the topic and why some information can be obtained regardless of whether it is exposed by Web-based mapping portals.
On Monday, Finnish company Nokia announced its plan to acquire Chicago-based map provider NAVTEQ. Speculations were rampant after TomTom announced its plan to acquire "the other" global map data provider, Tele Atlas, earlier this year. Editors Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg listened to leaders from both companies offer their reasoning for their excitement for the newly expanded Nokia in an investor call and offer their insights into the announcement and its impact.
WeoGeo is a new marketplace for geographic data, and unlike other "sharing" sites, this one is about buying, selling and empowering other to created value added data. As the website moves out of beta at the end of September we get the inside story on where the idea came from and a tour from WeoGeo CEO and co-founder, Paul Bissett. The podcast is 16 minutes long and was recorded on Sept 20, 2007.
As early as April 2014, NOAA will discontinue printing its lithographic nautical charts in favor of its increasingly popular digital versions. Directions Magazine interviewed Ted Florence, president of Avenza Systems, about the move to digital.