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Astrium offers marine and coastal geospatial data

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Marine and coastal geospatial data now available to download from
www.geostore.com [ http://www.geostore.com ]

The National Broadband Map goes live

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

According to Computech president Larry Fitzpatrick, the company was selected by open competition to provide the technology for the National Broadband Map. In concert with the FCC, Computech selected a fully open source geospatial stack which starts with PostGRES at the bottom to OpenGeo and various open source frameworks. Look for an upcoming blog about the technology stack to be posted on the Computech, Inc. site.

Quote of the week

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

“FCC and NTIA did a great job of ensuring that as much usefulness as could be had by development and data community is possible.”

Larry Fitzpatrick, President of Computech, contractors on the The National Broadband Map project

Canceled NASA rocket could take passengers to space

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The Obama Administration’s effort to offer more affordable space program than the Ares 1 which has been criticized for its magnitude and cost, may result in the reuse of the Ares 1 as a space taxi.

NASA’s so-called commercial crew program is seeking companies to build and operate space taxis to take astronauts to the International Space Station.

How about on-board navigation systems for space taxis? Could that be the next rage?

Canceled NASA Rocket Could Return as Part of Low-Cost Space Taxi The New York Times

MindHelix launches India’s first GPS-based auto-rickshaw fare meter

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

World Resources Simulation Center

Monday, January 31st, 2011

A setting that will benefit sustainable design is the World Resources Simulation Center (WRSC), a proposed immersive visualization facility where people can “see” critical trends and issues and relationships between them – plus consequences of “what if” strategies. It is expected to provide a cooperative environment for governments, business, NGOs and educators.

I met one of the people involved in this effort at the GeoDesign Summit. The facility is not yet built, but they are actively seeking partners, expertise and investment for the project.

www.wrsc.org

Local mobile and social media news

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Among these news tidbits from the past week are some reports on the downside of mobile devices and restaurants recognizing the power of social media:

 

Rising Numbers of Mobile Devices Pose Security Threat: Experts at Amity                                    January 17, 2011, Business Standard

 

Interfering With Flight? Christina Negroni, January 17, 2011, The New York Times

 

Restaurants Reach Out to Customers With Social Media Elizabeth Olson, January 20, 2011, The New York Times

 

 

Daratech study reports 10.3% rise in Geospatial software and services revenue

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

A just released Daratech study reported that sales of GIS/Geospatial software, services and data grew 10.3% to US$4.4 billion in 201o.

The forecast for the coming year is that  GIS/Geospatial sales will grow more than 8.3% to almost US$5 billion, according to Daratech’s CEO Charles Foundyller. He attributes the growth to the popularity of Google Earth and consumer navigation systems such as TomTom, linking business and consumer data with geo-enabled apps. This will become the norm, he says.

New American FactFinder from U.S. Census makes 2010 Census data easier to access

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

A new American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau is said to make online access to 2010 Census data — and many more statistics — easier than ever.

According to press materials, “The new American FactFinder offers a fresh look, new tools and easier access to a wide range of Census Bureau statistics. Online today, you will find population estimates for 2008 and earlier years and findings from the 2000 Census. When fully implemented, the new FactFinder is projected to have about 250 billion data cells in more than 40,000 tables. “

Number of global users of telematics smartphone apps on the rise

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

ABI Research forecasts that the number of global users of telematics smartphone applications will increase from 3.2 million in 2011 to 129 million in 2016, with North America as the dominant region.

-ABI Research

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