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.
Last week Secretary Kempthorne announced plans to appoint a Geographic Information Officer, or GIO, for the Department of the Interior. After having a week to ponder the announcement, our editors raise some practical and political questions about the position and who may fill it.
In this interview, Editor-in-chief Joe Francica spoke with Dominique Bonte, Principal Analyst, Telematics & Navigation for ABI Research in London, England. ABI Research released a report (July 2008) stating that Location Based Platforms and Infrastructure Licensing Revenues would reach $2.2 billion by 2013, sizable growth from that of today which ABI estimates at only $111 Million. Francica spoke to Mr. Bonte to get more information on the LBS infrastructure market specifically.
Our editors review the morning plenary at the 2008 ESRI User Conference. The main focus included enhancements in ArcGIS 9.3, 3D, imagery and announcements from Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of Interior, who stole the show.
This week Microsoft announcedthat its recently acquired trueSpace 3D model creator is now free and models created with it can be uploaded as collections to Virtual Earth. What does that say about what Google, Microsoft and the geospatial community think about what tools and data are required for today's maps?