I guess ESRI has decided to join the fray with some of their existing audio/video content from the ’05 User Conference. This is analogous to IT Conversations from Where 2.0. I haven’t listened to any yet, but I think ESRI should speak to Doug Kaye of IT Conversations since he is already supporting quite a few tech conferences and it would place the information from the UC in a more centralized location where others, outside of the traditional GIS community, might find it. I would still like to see a link to their employee bloggers…with a disclaimer that the blogs are opinion of course. Either way this is a nice step into this new media…technology…podcasting.
I know that I am behind on mentioning other blogs here, because Glenn over at GISUser.blogspot.com mentioned us before I got around to him. In this case there is more than one site to blog since Glenn has his own blog, but he is also “the founder & Managing Editor” of GISUser and other news/ezine sites. I know that both Sue and I have trolled the site regularly and I always point folks to this site as a great place to keep up with job listings.
In his blog he points out quite a few interesting tidbits, most of your standard bloggy lore, but it is joined by insight from a knowledgable industry insider and the contacts of an industry news representative.
I can file this under “new to me”. The government is taking full advantage of many of the geospatial tools that are out there. The newest that I have come across is the GeoMAC (Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination).
This site is a gateway to a standard ArcIMS viewer for viewing the locations of current wildfires. It seems to be a partnership between most of the land holding agencies in the governement for the US Department of Interior and the US Department of Agriculture.
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We had a small poster session for the departments in arts & sciences today. For this event I tossed together a quick blog/podcast poster that is descriptive rather than research based, though we had a couple of those up too. I was fairly happy with it for the 2 hours of effort I put into it so I decided to share it…well that and Sue said I had to :-). The pdf is about 34×46″ (yes, my poster printing mindset is left over from printing ArchE on plotters that enforced a 1″ border) and will cost you 1.7MB of download time.
This is the first of 2-3 columns I am going to write on how we put the podcast together. The column is primarily on the more technical aspects (equipment & software) where as the next one I will write more about the scripting that we should do for the podcast and some of the postproduction details after we have recorded but before we have posted the podcast. The third column will reflect our attempts to advertise the podcast and a little marketing to help defray the costs involved.
Adena over at AllPointsBlog states “While we try to understand the implications of the new offerings [from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!], letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not forget that geospatial apps run on data as fuel. And, just like gasoline, the price of premium data is still high.”
This blog entry ties in nicely with some of the discussions we had back in the first 5 episodes about the importance of the data in addition to the technology providing them.
James over at Spatially Adjusted comments on an article by Dave Bouwman that discusses the differences in the user bases between the traditional GIS software and the new web map interfaces. Summary…ESRI and other GIS software has a given user base that will never be satisfied with the minimalist capabilities that Virtual Earth or Google Earth have. At the same time most of the folks using MapQuest, Google Local and others will rarely need to conduct a network analysis on a trout streams to determine population migration (not that I have either). I would like to say that we have mentioned this in the podcast, but we have done enough episodes that I am just not sure. Head over and give it look.