Vector One links to a Geoconnexion Int' Mag article asking if GIS is sexy. From the article's introduction: "If you subscribe to the third alternate definition of "Sexy" in Webster's, Geographic Information Systems are in fact sexy, that is, "excitingly appealing"; at least in the world of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR."
Very Spatial tells us about a Yahoo!News article about the new Adobe Acrobat 3D (press release). From the article: "A new product in the Acrobat family, Adobe Acrobat 3D, allows users to convert 3D designs from major CAD (computer-aided-design) applications into PDF files, says Rak Bhalla, a senior marketing manager for Acrobat at Adobe in San Jose, California. The product also enables a user to insert 3D CAD designs into Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files and convert those files into PDFs."
Slashdot discusses a story from the eeTimes reporting RFID production to increase 25 fold by 2010. The slashdot summary: "The number of RFID tags produced worldwide is expected to increase more than 25 fold between 2005 and 2010, reaching 33 billion, according to market research company In-Stat. Total production of RFID tags in 2005 reached more than 1.3 billion, according to a recent report. RFID production will vary widely by industry segment for several years -- for example, RFID has been used in automotive keys since 1991, with 150 million units now in use, a quantity that greatly exceeded other segments until recently, according to In-Stat. "By far the biggest RFID segment in coming years will be supply chain management," said Allen Nogee, In-Stat analyst, in a statement. "This segment will account for the largest number of tags/labels from 2005 through 2010." RFID has obvious privacy flaws, why is the world pointed in the direction of RFID?" Our previous story about 0.5 cents RFID chips.
The GeoCarta blog has an interesting entry named Curing Americans' Cluelessness about a simple geography quiz taken by 400 people on the streets of Atlanta. From GeoCarta's summary: "A study of Americans ages 18 to 24 found: 11% couldn't locate the United States on a map. Almost 30% couldn't find the Pacific Ocean.
Among 3,000 people surveyed in Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Sweden and the U.S., the U.S. scored next to last in geographic literacy."
Phillip Holmstrand writes "I put together something that will allow anyone to run batch geocoding right from their web browser for free. It uses Yahoo's REST Geocoding engine, which will allow for up to 50,000 geocodes per day. The unique piece is that I have put it together so you can basically copy/paste straight from a spreadsheet into the tool to geocode. The results can then be copy/pasted right back into Excel for further use or imported into a database. It also plots the first 100 points on a map."
GIS Monitor and Directions Mag both host different interviews with Matthew O'Connell, President and CEO of GeoEye (from the Orbimage & Space Imaging merger). From the GIS Monitor interview: "Since we have the world covered, our focus is not so much geographic now as being able to provide geo-insight for our customers. We focus on flawless execution, so that our customers get the best value for their money and, with Microsoft, we are going forward on developing new applications."
The Rise and Shout blog tells us about new ESRI instructional podcasts designed to "offers free, short audio recordings that focus on hot topics such as tips to improve your workflow, tricks for optimizing your geodatabase, and updates on new software features." Meanwhile, Spatially Adjusted indicates ArcGIS Explorer Public Beta won't be available until the second quarter of 2006.
dct writes "NPR runs this story on inaccuracies (though they are apparently few) of major web mapping sites when giving direction because they depend on a single data provider. From the article: "A test of two other main map services besides MapQuest, Yahoo and Google, shows that all of them try to send drivers up the stairs. Since they all rely on the same road database company, NAVTEQ, for their road databases, the problem is duplicated on all the map sites.""
dct writes "As seen here on All Points Blog: "Google has joined the Open Geospatial Consortium as a principal member."" Ed Parsons also comments on a OGC UK-based members meeting: "This example of the OGC wanting to understand the point of view of members based this side of the pond is clearly commendable, many in our industry still see the OGC as a US-centric rather than a global organisation."