All Points Blog offers an interesting analysis of what are Geographic Exploration Systems. From the blog: "Geographic Exploration System (GES) is a new buzzword, in case you hadn't noticed. [...] More recently GeoWorld editor Matt Ball tackles the topic in a feature called, "Digital Reality: Comparing Geographic Exploration Systems." In it, he distinguishes this class of products as offering "the ability to visualize the globe in three dimensions." "
The Geospatial Semantic Web Blog offers an interesting web mapping site of Shanghai. From the blog: "The truth is that I found an interesting Shanghai city map called eDuShi (in English: e-City). In addition to its use of Ajax technique, it’s implemented to display SimCity-like map features."
GISuser host a press release about breakthrough interactive and web-based maps detailing media coverage during Peru's national elections will be unveiled today. From the Mapping the Media website: "[...] creating a web-based tool that graphically illustrates where the media are located and which electoral districts they reach, and helps untangle the complex web of media ownership in the Americas." dct adds a link to the Cartography Blog: "From the post: "the site focuses specifically on 12 countries in the western hemisphere and displays socio-economic data as well voting patterns and media locations (e.g. radio antennaes, newspaper offices, etc.)." Additional info from the Project Leader below .
dct writes "You can read on the new geospatial line of business of the US IT budget in this All Points Blog entry. From the post: "There are three new "Lines of Business" (LOBs) (IT Infrastructure, Geospatial and Budgeting). The six existing LOBs are Case Management, Federal Health Architecture, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Grants Management and Information System Security." It seems that spatial information is an horizontal concern for the governement! Complete the political thread with the reading of an initiative from the Department of Labor on the same blog."
Directions Mag provides an overview of ArcWeb Explorer Beta. From the overview: "It is probably positioned to sell more access to ArcWeb Services as a custom app, but you can’t help but wonder if there aren’t more robust solutions such as the now discontinued BusinessMAP Web product that might be a better overall solution to accessing ArcWeb Services." We announced the availability of the beta two weeks ago.
Christopher Laflam writes "Would you have any idea how large the GIS market is? More specifically, how big do you think the Location Intelligence piece is of the GIS market? I have heard that GIS is now as big as a 50 billion dollar a year business.
What industries would you think would most benefit from Location Intelligence technology? I understand which industries (real estate, financial, insurance, etc) use them now, but what is your opinion of the industries that could see the greatest growth from location intelligence adoption?"
Nate_Heard writes "It's great to see an application of GPS technology [CNN] that will contribute to public safety. Plus, it's so James Bond. Think of all the great things you could do with a gun that shoots sticky GPS receivers. On second thought..." Thanks Nate_Heard, Very Spatial also links to the interesting story about Los Angeles police propeling a GPS device onto a fleeing car. From the Information Week article: "Rather than engage in a high-speed chase that is dangerous for the public and police, an officer can trigger the GPS tracking device from their car. The officer also will have a remote unit, about the size of a device that unlocks a car, when they're outside the patrol car."
mdflynn writes "Having your own personal web-based mobile GPS tracking system
doesn't have to be a complicated and expensive ordeal. Now there's
an Open Source solution, called OpenDMTP, that allows you to
your own simple mobile GPS tracking system from a laptop and have the
data delivered right to your own computer over your home broad-band
service. And with the addition of a webserver and Google Maps
an interactive map!"
GIS Monitor conducted a short interview with Jody Jeffrey of PCI Geomatics. From the interview: ""As Google, Microsoft, and others demonstrate some of the capabilities made possible by geospatial data," he argues, "more non-traditional users will evolve and will begin to use and store this data inside of the enterprise. This is why partnering with Oracle has made sense for us.""
More interesting reading on the new OSGF. Be sure to take a look at our previous coverage. There's Mapping Hacks, Hobu, Directions Mag, GeoTips and Spatially Adjusted whom all provide insightful overviews. No doubt there's more out there. Update: 02/08 19:28 GMT by S : The OSGF website is now online including mailing lists to keep you updated.