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Clapper’s nomination meets with opposition

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

James R. Clapper Jr., former Under U.S. Secretary of Defense (intelligence) and former head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, is in the news as his nomination to become Obama administration’s new intelligence director has met with opposition from Sen. John McCain.


Clapper, who has had 47 years of service in the area of intelligence, has spoken at various geospatial and GIS conferences, among them GEOINT.

He was nominated by President Barrack Obama on June 5, 2010 to serve as the United States Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

AP source: Intelligence nominee has smooth session Las Vegas Sun

McCain Holding Up on Intel Nominee New York Times blog

McCain blocking spy-chief nominee Philadelphia Inquirer

Geo Bits & Bytes

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The Geospatial Revolution Project Google Earth Blog


New mapAsheville information marks City of Asheville- and NCDOT-owned roads


Paperless Trail Launches Location Intelligence Tool


Government Works On Policy And Framework To Improve Geospatial Data Management


MapConnect puts the enterprise back into boundary data

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Geared toward the enterprise market space is Broadmap’s MapConnect Enterprise, a product that offers displays, geocoding and high quality boundaries, postal, Census and administrative boundaries. The company arose in response to the Recovery Act need to map serviceability of broadband and high speed internet access to determine where citizens were served or underserved in coverage. Broadmap maps this, reports it to the states and can do so for the federal government as well.

As a result of this effort, Broadmap was awarded with 8 states and territories.

The company is new but has a lot of GIS experience, as it has derived from GDT and TeleAtlas. Although TeleAtlas was acquired by TomTom, it’s interesting that MapConnect Enterprise is based on NAVTEQ based map data.

The product was showcased at Esri in the NAVTEQ booth this year.

APOLLO on the Cloud

Monday, July 26th, 2010

ERDAS APOLLO on the Cloud is an offering that gives users all the delivery power and data management of ERDAS APOLLO Professional on the Cloud.


When asked are people interested in using this as an adjunct to APOLLO Professional as a way to extend the desktop, CEO Joel Campbell replied:


“I think it’s more of an instead of. What we’ve noticed in market space for geospatial serving technology, is there’s a level of expertise that’s required – IT expertise, there’s a commitment to hardware and software that’s required that’s not typical in your GIS implementation and there’s a level of information technology – database software, middleware for web serving etc. We’ve noticed in a lot of organizations that our customers have a genuine interest in having that kind of serving technology but they don’t have access to that level of resource. They don’t have these IT departments and racks of servers laying around.”


Most people upgrade their hardware and software on a three year cycle, said Campbell. ERDAS makes an equivalent offering with the Cloud – you would spend the same or less money in three years and have access to the Cloud rather than own hardware and software that become outdated.


Presentation tool AddIn for ArcGIS 10 released

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

new version of a presentation tool that was first designed for ArcGIS 9.2/9.3 was released as an AddIn for ArcGIS 10.  This AddIn is similar to the presentation capability recently added to ArcGIS Explorer.  The AddIn can be downloaded here from the new code gallery.

Esri Applications Prototype Lab Blog, Friday, July 16, 2010

More on

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

A reader wrote in to ask if the data from was to be served up free of charge, as it isn’t clear from the website whether that is the case. If anyone knows the answer to this, please respond. promises near-real time information

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

“The partner agencies of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) are developing a Geospatial Platform to more effectively provide place-based products and services to the American public. The Geospatial Platform will be a managed portfolio of common geospatial data, services, and applications contributed and administered by authoritative sources and hosted on a shared infrastructure.”

On another page of this website, offers examples of how NOAA with the EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Interior integrated up-to-date information about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s trajectory with wildlife information, place-based locations of oiled shoreline and the positions of research ships into one map. utilizes the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) a web-based GIS platform developed by NOAA and the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center.

This may be a useful venue for volunteer geographic information (VGI).

Trails SIG talk on Trans Canada trail set for today

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
I'm just posting this here for all who are interested:
Trails enthusiasts at the ESRI conference,

Dave Williamson attended our SIG yesterday and he and Chris Wood had some great
experience to share in building the dataset for the Trans Canada Trail.  His
talk about the Trail, bumped from yesterday, has been rescheduled:

The new time:
5:20 pm Wednesday, July 14, at the Climate Change Demo Theatre

No doubt the experience he'll share will benefit and inform your own work on
trails.  See you there!

Michael Norelli

GIS Coordinator
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Fort Mason, Building 37
San Francisco, CA 94123
Bldg 37 (415) 561-3091  Cell (415) 724-9430 <> 

The Nonprofit Support Partner for the Golden Gate National Parks

Nokia sells MetaCarta just three months after acquisition

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

According to TMC News, Finnish telecom Nokia announced the sale of US software developer MetaCarta without disclosing a price on Monday.
Qbase Holdings just  purchased MetaCarta three months after MetaCarta was acquired by Nokia.

Cambridge-based Metacarta develops geographic intelligence software and  employs about 30.

Trails SIG meets at ESRI UC today

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
If you're interested in the use of ESRI products with trails, check out the Trails SIG. If you are at ESRI's User Conference in San Diego today, the Trails Special Interest Group meets
at the San Diego Convention Center today, Tuesday, July 13th, at noon to 1pm in Room 30 B.  It doesn't appear in the printed schedule, but it
does in the online planner.

And if you aren't in San Diego, see the following resources.

The SIG has a presence online at
This is a meeting I like to attend.
Canon: oce crystalPoint
Teledyne Optech

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