In this interview with Gary Gale, director of engineering for Yahoo!'s Geo Technologies, Editor in Chief Joe Francica discusses the future of Yahoo! Fire Eagle, the company's location broker that allows users to update their location as well as to control how and when to share their location information. In addition, Gale discusses the support he receives from his upper management and what we can expect from the Geo Technologies team in terms of future advancements for Yahoo!'s mapping platform.
Andre Parris is the global manager for energy and commodity trading at Bloomberg, the financial news publishing conglomerate. Parris is responsible for developing the BMAP application, a business and location intelligence dashboard that displays a plethora of location-based information related to energy commodities. In this interview with Directions Media's editor in chief, Joe Francica, Parris explains how the application was developed and the types of analyses that can be performed by commodity traders to get the latest, real-time information about various factors that might impact commodity prices from around the world.
The decennial census of the United States is a massive undertaking and maintaining the mapping products that support the effort requires managing a large Oracle Spatial database. In this interview, Nick Padfield and Stephanie Spahlinger of the Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau describe the process for managing the spatial data that helps them churn out maps for a variety of constituents from census enumerators to Congress.
Are you trying to make sense of the cloud and what it has to offer? SpatialCloud is one of the players that wants to help you out. Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg spoke to Mark Korver, CTO and Joshua McNary, marketing manager about the company's flexible commercial Web services now in beta.
In this interview with the Chair-Elect of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations, COGO, Geney Terry speaks about how the organization can effect better communication among its members and what that might produce in being better advocates for the broader geospatial community. Editor in Chief Joe Francica spoke with Terry about COGO's current initiatives and what her objectives are in helping to facilitate COGO's "voice" in legislative issues before Congress and broadening the organization's outreach in education and professional development.
In mid-March Twitter rolled out the second part of its geolocation functionality. In addition to being available for developers via its API, users could now share location information from the twitter.com website. That's when the world learned that Twitter had tapped geodata company Maponics to provide the "place" information for those tweets. On March 24 Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg spoke to Maponics CEO Darrin Clement about the value of context in location-based services, how Maponics was working with Twitter, the state of geographic basemaps and the potential uses of real-time geodata.
Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI)'s product, MapInfo, was synonymous with desktop mapping. But times change and PBBI must change too. In this interview with Jon Winslow, global manager of the location intelligence portfolio of products for PBBI, Editor in Chief Joe Francica explores how the company intends to leverage cloud computing, open source software and other technologies to adapt to the next growth phase for geospatial technology.
In March, Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg learned about a geospatial professional who is splitting his time between serving as the GIS manager for a Colorado county and serving as a volunteer with GISCorps, helping the United Nations build a GIS to address the rebuilding of Haiti. Chris Markusun shares the challenges and rewards of his dual lifestyle.
Did you ever wonder about the differences between addresses determined by geocoding using liner referencing and point addresses? How are they acquired and when is one or the other the right tool for the job? Do you know what next generation 911 is and how GIS will fit into it? Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg spoke with the team from Digital Data Technologies, Inc. to tackle those questions and more.
If anyone can provide a perspective on the "consumerization" of satellite imaging and its impact on the profession of remote sensing science, it's Kass Green, President, Kass Green and Associates. Editor in Chief Joe Francica recently sat down with this true remote sensing rock star in Scottsdale, Arizona and they discussed the impact of Google Earth on remote sensing, privacy issues, and how change detection applications of remotely sensed data might well become just another feature provided by Google.
At the Creating the Policy and Legal Framework for a Location-enabled Society conference in Boston, Kirk Goldsberry, who is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard, gave a fascinatng presentation with the help of two of his students on the topic of personal geographic data and privacy. Geoff Zeiss provides a recap.