Month: June 2011
Jim Skurzynski is an expert of spatial technology, computing in the cloud and on-line real estate and government technology. Skurzynski is a founder of Digital Map Products, a leading provider of web-enabled spatial solutions that bring the power of spatial technology to mainstream business, government and consumer applications. He helped start up Digital Map Products with the vision of helping take spatial technology “to the masses,” making the powerful tools available to small and medium-sized businesses as well as major corporations. He has spent the majority of his career designing and managing the deployment of technology solutions in a variety of public and private sector environments. Over the past twenty years, he has held executive management positions in spatial technology companies in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
As you know, this blog is all about how spatial technology is going mainstream and becoming a key tool for businesses of all types. One of the most exciting trends in GIS and other spatial applications right now is the impact of cloud computing. With the cloud providing a simple and on-demand network of GIS services and software-as-a-service applications, companies that want to implement spatial technology can often get started without costly outlays of time or money.
I predict we’ll see fast-paced changes in the near term including a lower cost infrastructure for creating spatial applications, more sophisticated real estate, business and government uses, and a rapidly-expanding pool of people who “think” spatially. Some of the reasons I think the cloud is supercharging spatial technology adoption include:
We are lucky to have pulled in Jim Skurzynski, President and CEO of Digital Map Products, to provide an industry perspective to help balance our normal education and research focus on Geography and geospatial technologies. Jim will bring a strong cloud perspective which we talk about occasionally on the podcast from an observer’s view, but now you can get a perspective of someone more firmly in the trenches of what the cloud means and where it will take us. I will round out this introduction with his blurb from the DMP website.
Jim Skurzynski is one of the original founders of Digital Map. He has spent the majority of his career designing and managing the deployment of technology solutions in a variety of public and private sector environments. Over the past twenty years, he has held executive management positions in spatial technology companies in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
The Globe and Mail has an interesting article today on a site called HealthMap, created by epidemiologists at the Children’s Hospital Boston which uses participatory GIS and other information mined from the Internet to quickly identify potential patterns of disease outbreaks. According to the HealthMap website partners and supporters include Google, NIH, CDC, Canadian Institute of Health Research, Wildlife Conservation Society, International Society for Disease Surveillance and International Society for Travel Medicine which make it quite a large undertaking. Their advanced search options are very robust including being able to turn on and off layers for news feeds for sources such as ProMed, types of diseases, locations, and dates.
It is time to round-out our countdown to our 6th anniversary. Remember that you can answer each question once and that all entries must be submitted by July 10.
Correct answers will be entered into our drawing for an XBOX 360 with Kinect (4GB model) additional details are available at the contest page.
Where you live might decide where you get your AM cup of joe (unless you get your fix from a local favorite). Numbers Run has a neat series of maps that shows the number of store locations (Starbucks Vs. Dunkin Donuts) by zip code. Living in New England I can already tell you that I don’t need a map to find a Dunkin Donuts. They’re in every gas station, grocery store, shopping plaza… I think one is going in at the end of the hallway in my department! To be honest, I’m looking forward to visiting the zip code with the largest number of Starbucks next month for the 2011 ESRI UC in San Diego, CA.
Ok, maybe not ‘cheap’… but a lot less than the Microsoft Surface. Engadget reports about a new product by a company named Merel that has created a multitouch table for a bargain basement $3,995. That’s a steal! It’s got a 3.2ghz Quad Core processor, 720p 32 inch display, and a dedicated Radeon HD video card (a card which I personally find fairly nice).
If you ask me, this is possibly the first brick in tearing down the financial wall keeping surface-esque tables from reaching the house. The key to pushing these out to every home is finding the ‘magic app I can’t live without’.
With the roll out of Cryosat’s first sea-ice map the BBC has posted (reposted?) an interview between Jonathan Amos, Science writer with BBC (does a lot of the space topics) and Dr Katherine Giles about how Cryosat works…which most of you already know, but it is a great description for a broad audience. Take a listen:
We continue our countdown to our 6th anniversary. Remember that you can answer each question once and that all entries must be submitted by July 10.
Be sure to submit your answer to be entered into our drawing for an XBOX 360 with Kinect (4GB model) additional details are available at the contest page.