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Laws of blogging

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

In a world where the lines between advertising and editorial are already blurred in some places, the F.T.C. is planning to revise rules about endorsements and testimonials in advertising that have been in place since 1980. According to an article in The New York Times, “the new regulations are aimed at the rapidly shifting new-media world and how advertisers are using bloggers and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to pitch their wares.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/business/media/06adco.html

It seems this rule is designed to control advertisers who are using bloggers and social media to hawk their products, and also to stem the tide of giveaways to bloggers who review products. Publications who review products have always received free products, in order to review them. How is the government going to tease out the differences? What does this mean in terms of covering products, writing reviews of products, and otherwise posting relevant information about particular industries?

American Samoan GIS resources

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Here is a collection of resources for GIS data on American Samoa, the area hit by tsunami last week. GISCorps’ Shoreh Elhami said that as of yet, they have not received any requests for volunteers.

Fagatelle Bay National Marine Sanctuary
http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/djl/samoa/

GIS / Vector Data of Samoa from EastView Cartographics: http://www.cartographic.com/xq/asp/samoa/gis/data/navmode.r/rid.224/tid.8/sid.0/cid.0/vid.0/oid.0/qx/hub/index.asp

Pacific Disaster Center: http://www.pdc.org/pdf/factsheets/American_Samoa.pdf

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management for American Samoa: http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/mystate/american_samoa.html

American Samoa Historic Preservation Office, Geography of American Samoa http://www.ashpo.org/geography.htm

Paper by Dawn Wright GIS Coordination at America’s Remotest National Marine Sanctuary (American Samoa)*

* portions of this chapter will be reprinted in the forthcoming ESRI Press book, Undersea With GIS, due out in the fall of 2001.

http://proceedings.esri.com/library/userconf/proc01/professional/papers/pap140/p140.htm

New schedule for GISWeekly

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

GISWeekly will launch on the 12th and 26th of October. In subsequent months, the publication will offer two issues per month instead of four.

Because there is so much GIS news, readers are encouraged to also check the blogs, news offerings and other content on GISCafe for additional up-to-date coverage.

Autodesk takes ebayer to court…again

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

One would think that a large software company such as Autodesk would have more to do than to ferret out eBay sellers who are selling their software. But that obviously is not the case:

“The case of Timothy Vernor, the man Autodesk tried to stop selling their software on eBay, has had another day in court.

Vernor is a full-time eBay seller, usually of comic books. But in 2005 he found a copy of AutoCAD design software at a garage sale – software which usually sells for about $4,000.

Shortly after he put the CD on eBay the auction house received a lawyer’s letter from Autodesk alleging infringements of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. eBay pulled the auction but Vernor complained and eBay, and Autodesk, eventually backed down.

But when Vernor chanced upon some more Autodesk CDs, apparently at another garage sale, they again hit him with DMCA notices.”

-Channel Register, Oct. 1, 2009, UK

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/10/01/ebay_autodesk_vernor/

GIS system comes to Azerbaijan tourism

Friday, October 2nd, 2009


In 2010 Azerbaijan to introduce GIS system in tourism, September 30, 2009, Trend

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Teledyne Optech
University of Denver GIS Masters Degree Online
CADalog.com - Countless CAD add-ons, plug-ins and more.



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