October 15, 2007
Introducing WeoGeo
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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For content providers we create a entire licensing and revenue mechanism that protects them in their royalty flow, at the same time doing all the automatic calculations of those transactions and sending them a check so they don’t have to worry about it. These content stacks can get larger and larger, and everyone in the stack can become compensated for the work they’ve done.

Anybody who is making maps can create an entire network outside their own capabilities to do these point of sale transactions that far exceeds their own abilities to sell and market their products.

How it works:

If you go to the
site, type in a location entry. Every one of the maps is linked to one another. In the global navigation window you can move the box around and all the maps move accordingly, and you can do that in the regional view as well. Geospatial data is linked to a point on the ground. The fastest way to search is to move to the area of interest. You can also type in a name that will take you there, if you zoom in on the regional window, you can see the database of all the mapping products, subsetted by the geographical window on panel 2. You see every map that touches panel 2, and they are now in panel 3 in the database
selections. You will get the spatial extent of the data set you are looking at by clicking on the black box in one of the database selections. In three panels, you will find the place in the world you are interested in. You can zoom into that region, and the database has been subsetted with all the areas of interest. In panel 4 you have the metadata associated with that map. WeoGeo is the seller of that particular map.

At the top right of panel 4 is more information about what was collected and how it was collected. Additional hyperlinks can be opened that will describe the data set further. After you close that you can roll over to panel 5 to interrogate the data set more. The panels are linked, so you can move by grabbing the map on the inside of panel 5 and move it with your mouse, or you can go to panel 4 and move the box and just move it around.

If the information in panel 4 is in an area where you had other datasets you can click on the low resolution KML which is on the bottom of panel 4. Using Google Earth or some other 3D viewer that could read a KML file you can open up panel 4 in a KML or 3D viewer of your choice.

Panel 5 has a hyperspectral data set and the whole mosaic is about 40 gigabytes. Because it’s large, you might want to download only a small piece of it. The layers button offers 156 bands.

Amazon web services has the grade of disk storage and computer services to power this ecommerce solution, in the form of EC2 and S3.

WeoGeo is still in private beta, and should be available to the public by the end of the month.

Top News of the Week

Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Geographical Information Systems - Portfolio Analysis" to their offering.

The Portfolio Analysis - Geographical Information Systems is a comprehensive evaluation of the UK market. The revised and updated 2007 edition analyses the financial performance of the companies important to the success of your business. Using the most up to date information available, the analysis is ideal both as a tool to benchmark your own company's results and to study the market in more depth.

ESRI (UK), the provider of geographically enabled software solutions to local authorities, has announced the launch of TrafficFlow, the first traffic order management system that enables local authorities to manage the entire traffic order process and realize the full benefits brought about by Decriminalized Parking Enforcement (DPE).


NovAtel Inc. and
Hexagon AB have entered into a definitive agreement under which Hexagon has agreed to acquire all the outstanding shares of NovAtel for US $50 per share.

NovAtel is a leading provider of precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) components and subsystems. NovAtel develops quality OEM products including receivers, enclosures, antennas and firmware that are integrated into high precision positioning applications worldwide. These applications include surveying, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping, precision agriculture machine guidance, port automation, mining, timing and marine industries. NovAtel's reference receivers are also at the core of national aviation ground networks in the USA, Japan, Europe, China and India.


From emergency response to land management, state and local governments are using the GeoPDF geospatial data distribution and collaboration format to get geointelligence into the field faster and easier. Join
TerraGo Technologies for a two hour workshop in major cities across the country.

In an effort to promote greater interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in schools across the globe,
Innovation First, Inc., a leader in educational and competitive robotics products, has teamed up with
Autodesk, Inc. to launch Robotevents.com. The new Web site is designed to encourage students and educators to explore the exciting world of robotics and bring real-world experience to STEM learning.

Any secondary or post-secondary student or educator with a valid education email address can join the

Students and educators can start exploring the world of robotics today at


Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging is pleased to announce that Christopher Tucker will join the management team as Senior Vice President, National Programs, with purview over U.S. Defense, Intelligence, Homeland Security and associated Federal Programs.

CARIS, provider of marine and hydrographic software, has appointed James (Jim) Page as Senior Business Developer to focus on fostering business opportunities for the company’s complete ping to chart product line across Latin America.

Michael Baker Corporation has appointed Jeremy N. Gill, vice president-information technology of the Company, effective October 22. He succeeds Andrew Verone, executive vice president and chief information officer, who will resign from the company to pursue other business interests.

New Products

Pitney Bowes MapInfo, global provider of location intelligence, today announced the release of its next-generation demographics, providing organizations in retail, restaurant, financial services, insurance and media with reliable, consistent and timely data to support site selection, marketing, distribution, product development and other key business decisions. By integrating MicroBuild(TM), a household geodemographic product from The Gadberry Group, Pitney Bowes MapInfo now provides clients with more dependable and up-to-date household-level information to support more insightful business decisions.

Wallingford Software, the leading developer of hydraulic modeling software for the water industry, has announced the immediate availability of a completely new InfoWorks product, InfoWorks SD (Storm Drainage). Also launched simultaneously with the release of InfoWorks v8.5 is a completely new and fully integrated module, InfoWorks 2D. This module is available for InfoWorks CS v8.5, InfoWorks SD v8.5 and InfoWorks RS v9.0. Other important developments announced today include the availability of Unidirectional Flushing as a core function within InfoWorks WS.

Aerials Express, the provider of annually updated aerial imagery of US metropolitan areas, announced today the release of ECEY View™ Aerial Mapping Software. ECEY View™ was designed with the look and feel of familiar office software, making it easier to use than other GIS applications. ECEY View™ encourages a more fluid role for aerial imagery within the workplace. Any level of employee within an organization can share results with clients and co-workers via email, prints, flyers, posters, and software presentations.

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