Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Where The 'FUGAWI?'

This is awesome. I love this name, especially for a navigation & mapping software company, FUGAWI. Who ever came up with it must of heard the innappropriate joke I once heard about being lost in the woods. [I'm stopping there.]

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Minnesota GeoCaching Event

Perusing the front page of the Minneapolis StarTribune website, I came across a front page article on a geocaching event. I think this is one of the first times I've seen geocaching on the home page of a major metropolitan newspaper? Otherwise, I'm chalking this up as something out of MapServer's backyard that's pretty normal in Minnesota.

URL: http://www.startribune.com/332/story/387916.html Geocaching -- using global positioning system technology to find items hidden in parks -- will be on display around the south-metro area Saturday during the South of the River Recreators' first "Amazing GPS Family Race."

Monday, April 17, 2006

Brady, Email Me

Brady, I've been trying to track down your email address. I wanted to see if you wanted to hang at Where 2.0. There's a lot we can discuss.

More Sony, Intergraph Thoughts

The kind folks at Very Spatial took note of my thoughts about the Sony-Intergraph patent MOA today. And I think we're partially right, this could be about the PSP and the PS3. Thinking this over today I realized something: Could the PS3 be mobile and immersive? Take your next-gen PSP controler-like ubiquitous computing device with you to locate, search, communicate, visualize, and play. Then go back to your main console and bridge your real world with your "WoW'd SecondLife" world. Microsoft has thought about it, but is Sony actually going to do it?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Sony, Intergraph. . . In Cahoots!?!

Hmm? I wonder what Intergraph is up to these days? h-t-t-p-:-/-/-w-w-w-.-i-n-t-e-r-g-r-a-p-h-.-c-o-m Let's see. . . Ooh! Colin Powell will be speaking at Intergraph 2006. Too bad we'll all be at Where 2.o. . . . . . Nuclear power . . . New York MTA . . .Intergraph Reaches Patent Agreement with Sony. . . WTF!?! Here's some news for you PS3 conspiracy theorists out there: Sony & Intergraph have settled some patent sharing arrangement, where Intergraph gets $15 million from Sony. I wonder if this means Sony has something up its sleeve for LBS? Or, PS3?

Saturday, April 15, 2006

GML To Work With ifcXML-IFC Soon

As geospatial peeps we know who OGC is. Or, at least we should. Well, in a press release earlier this week OGC signed a MOA with the International Alliance for interoperability (IAI). This MOA between the two organizations is to work to strengthen interoperability "between systems used by the building infrastructure community and the broader geospatial, architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) and information technology (IT) communities." That's a pretty good aim. "We map it, you build it, it all gets modeled together in GE/WW/AGX/Skyline/MapGrinder." I also wonder how this will play in with the Open Source Geospatial Consortium. Are we going to see the combination of GIS, LIS, and FM systems on one big globe soon?

The Where 2.0 Agenda. . . Where Is It?

I took the liberty of organizing the Where 2.0 agenda into something I could print out or send to other geographers in my office to spark their interest in going. I can't believe O'Reilly wouldn't put up an aggrigated schedule. I really want to know what talks I should skip if I have to. Anyway, below—in lengthy detail—is the order of the speakers. BTW, I don't really plan on skipping any of these.

Tuesday Welcome Nathan Torkington, O'Reilly Media, Inc. Date: Tuesday, June 13 Time: 9:00am - 9:15am Location: Imperial Ballrom The Geospatial Web: A Call to Action Mike Liebhold, Institute for the Future Date: Tuesday, June 13 Time: 9:15am - 9:45am Location: Imperial Ballrom OpenStreetMap Steve Coast, OpenStreetMap Date: Tuesday, June 13 Time: 9:45am - 10:00am Location: Imperial Ballroom GeoHacking That Scales: OGC Standards Connect "Big" Science and "Little" Hacks Raj Singh, Open Geospatial Consortium Date: Tuesday, June 13 Time: 11:00am - 11:15am Location: Imperial Ballrom GeoRSS Mikel Maron, worldKit Date: Tuesday, June 13 Time: 11:15am - 11:30am Location: Imperial Ballrom From the Labs: Metacarta John R. Frank, MetaCarta, Schuyler Erle, locative.net Date: Tuesday, June 13 Time: 2:45pm - 3:00pm Location: Imperial Ballrom Liberation from Geopolitcal Boundaries Di-Ann Eisnor, Platial Date: Tuesday, June 13 Time: 4:15pm - 4:30pm Location: Imperial Ballrom Map Spam 2008: A Sanity Check Perry Evans, Local Matters, Inc. Date: Tuesday, June 13 Time: 5:00pm - 5:15pm Location: Imperial Ballrom Wednesday Welcome Nathan Torkington, O'Reilly Media, Inc. Date: Wednesday, June 14 Time: 9:00am - 9:15am Location: Imperial Ballrom The Disappearing Data Problem Steve Morris, NCSU Libraries Date: Wednesday, June 14 Time: 9:45am - 10:00am Location: Imperial Ballrom The Best Geo Hacks of the Last 3,000 Years Chris Spurgeon, American Public Media Date: Wednesday, June 14 Time: 10:00am - 10:15am Location: Imperial Ballrom Plazes Felix Petersen, Plazes Date: Wednesday, June 14 Time: 2:15pm - 2:30pm Location: Imperial Ballrom Loki - A Case Study in Developing a 'Mass Consumer' LBS Application Jed Rice, Skyhook Wireless Date: Wednesday, June 14 Time: 3:45pm - 4:00pm Location: Imperial Ballrom

Friday, April 14, 2006

Minnesota Counties Seek To End Contract For Land Records Portal

This is a bit of news I picked up from my hometown newspaper, the Wright County Journal-Press, about how a number of Minnesota counties are seeking to end a contract with Nazca Solutions Inc. for a land records portal. It was reported by the Minneapolis StarTribune that the counties seek a refund of over $240,000 from Nazca due to the delays of developing the system. I gotta say, this sucks for all parties. Nazca's technology looks pretty schweet, but the company's project management sounds like it could use a dose of the PMBOK.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

OpenLS & 'Direction' Microformats

Programming Note: The weather was terrible this weekend and when I wasn't doing chores, playing with my kid, and spending time with my wife, I was reading OGC implementation specifications. Boy, what an exciting life I lead, eh? So, there I was, reading the OGC OpenLS specification. Yawn. Then I thought, "this sounds a lot like the some of the directions microformat stuff that came up last week from Mix06." In my attempt to uncloud my ignorance, is this stuff simialar? Or, are they so far unrelated to one another that I should stick to my day job?

Climatology, Science, and Government

Patrolling the Federal Pages of the WashingtonPost.com, I came across an article about how U.S. Government policymakers are affecting the information that its scientists release to the public. In this article, it highlights the sensitivity of climate change as it relates to bureaucracy of government and the restrictions government scientists are beginning to face when it comes to publishing their findings. I just wanted to note that if the government is funding scientific research, and policymakers don't agree with the findings, tough. It's science. Although, both the policymakers, administrators, and scientists could do a better job of placing their findings in context. As with climate change, I like Harm de Blij's method of placing global warming in context. He basically gives us a history lesson. . . From the beginning: 4 billion years ago. (No, I don't think he was there to experience it all.) He explains the cycle of climate the earth has faced over millennia, and highlights the cold spells are SO much longer than the warm periods. He does this with a good laugh too, citing moments in recent history of cold snaps, such as when in the 1400's climate change affected human geography and probably prevented the world from speaking Chinese, and more recently what some call The Little Ice Age. Otherwise, this headbutting over terms deemed "sensitive" or "controversial" to restrict them to prevent an agency from headaches is just plain stupid. You have an obligation.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Light Reading

I would like to give a shout out to Ron Lake and company who wrote the GML 3.1.1 specification. I downloaded the PDF from the OGC website tonight to study up on some standards for work. Boy, was I surprised. I didn't realize how in depth and involved creating a standard specification is. The time and knowledge to manage the semantics of a standard must be immense. Well, I'm going to take a crack at it this weekend. It's late and I'm dozing off. I just wanted to thank Ron and those who write this stuff. You would too, the document is 601 pages long! No wonder why most of these standards are created by Canadians. What else are you going to do during the winter, eh?

Google Earth To Get Video

The Washington Post reported on its website that Google Earth is teaming up with the Discovery Channel to offer video via the premium and professional versions. BTW: Look closely at the image. It looks like there's a different skin to GE. Either this is the professional verion, or the skin to a new version.

A Dream, Or, A Nightmare?

It's 3am and I just woke up from a really strange dream. . . I dreamt that I stopped by my local Microsoft office building to say hello to a friend. While talking to him, and to my amazement, he had a full team working on the project that I previously described in an earlier post. This is where it gets strange. Somehow, I got involved with this team to architect Microsoft's GIS app. I had a bunch of people working for me in a way-cool modern office environment. (Other than the cubicle farm I work in.) Even though I was working with Microsoft in this dream, I always had an uneasy feeling that I didn't belong and that I was also hiding my blogging hobby. One thing was clear that I tried to instill in my "dream team": Your app is junk if it doesn't have data. Anyway, I just thought I would share that with you. My God, it scared the crap out of me.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Battle Over KML Icons On My Computer

I'm a geogeek. I've installed Google Earth, WorldWind, and ArcGIS Explorer on my computer. Although, I am a stickler for design and this week's rant is about the icon for KML on my computer. I like the smart design of the Google Earth KML icon, as opposed to the ESRI version of the icon. I'm sorry ESRI, but the AGX KML icon looks like a booger on a sheet of paper. It's just not flattering. And just like a booger, the ArcGIS Explorer icon "sticks" to my system, overriding the Google Earth icon. That'snot cool.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Has AdSense Gone Wrong? Or. . .

. . . Is it trying to tell me something? I just noticed that the AdSense ad on this blog came up with a link for Living Trusts. Something is awry in the spatial world. I can sense it. . . My kriging senses are tingling.

Oh, What True Love Finds. . .

My wife is awesome! She found an article about directions and location-based services in the Tech & Gadget (Mobile) section of MSN. It must be her interest in traveling and attending geospatial conferences with me? You should have seen her disappointment though when I came home yesterday and told her that the office isn't sending me the ESRI UC. Yeah, yeah, I know. It's a dark day on the FANTOM PLANET. Must be the eclipse? Stop. Do you hear that? That's the sound of disappointment in Redlands from the recent news of my non-attendance of the ESRI UC. Jack must be crushed. Calling Ron Lake: How do I get a free pass to GeoWeb 2006? By the way, nice picture, Ron. E]

Saturday, April 01, 2006

GIS T-Shirts

Check out http://www.gisnuts.com. They're selling wicked awesome GIS geek t-shirts.

Indonesian GeoBlog. . . I Think?

The Google extension for FireFox that allows you to read blogger comments is pretty interesting. It helped me to find, what looks to be, an Indonesian geoblog. Now, I'm a pretty sad geographer because I only speak stupid and GIS—"The Language of Geography"—and can't read Indonesian. Or, what looks to be in Indonesian. URL: http://echodry.wordpress.com/

Shh. . . Microsoft Mapping Rumors

I ran into a buddy the other day, and he says Microsoft is working on a mapping capability that sounds like you could rubber sheet maps in Word or PDF format to Virtual Earth. Also, rumors have it that Microsoft doesn't know what rubber sheeting is. I could be wrong.

Population Science Workshops

Seriously, I don't know how I come across this stuff. . . The University of California–Santa Barbara's Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science and Penn State's Population Research Institue are hosting workshops this summer. The aim of these workshops is to expose spatial information and methodology to population scientists. Actually, this looks like a good education experience for some of us GIS persons who have gone down the dark path of technology. "He's more machine now than [Geographer]. Twisted, and, evil. –Obi Wan"

The Population Research Institute University Park, PA June 4-June 16, 2006

The Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science Santa Barbara, CA July 10-July 22, 2006