Why do you bother?

mikapiazza.jpgSays my wife as we are sitting reading the paper tonight. (I was reading the Fry’s Electronics ad so I thought she was talking about that). She throws the local section to me and points to the lead story, “Mapmaker’s work outdated by time it’s printed”. I said I’m a Geographer, I work with maps because I love them. I started to explain to her about how time is a big factor in mapping, but she drifted back to reading how Mike Piazza did last night. She said he didn’t play again. “He’s getting old for a catcher”, she says. I reply, “Why does he bother?” and a pillow flies toward me.

I might as well spend the rest of the night on the couch. I wonder if Martin Waldseemüller ever slept on his couch.

From GeoWeb 2006

logo.gifNo not me, but Stefan Lorimer came through with a great detailed post from GeoWeb 2006. Stefan details some Google Earth and Google Maps sessions and has some thoughts at the end of his post about what we should be paying attention to (or at least what makes sense from a Google perspective). Thanks for the writeup Stefan.

Zillow and their Open API

for-sale.jpgFor those who haven’t seen, Zillow has outlined their upcoming open API. They will be distribute Zestimates, Zindex info, charts, comparable sales , beds/baths and other data via their open API for you to integrate into your own applications. They are interesting in what people might use this API for and you can email them and maybe get access before the API goes public.

Consume, consume, consume!

ESRI simplifies ArcGIS Server, reinforces ArcIMS

ESRI’s ArcGIS Server is a very powerful product, also very expensive. I’ve heard for a couple years they had plans to address this and thanks to a reader who didn’t want to be named they have finally decided what do to. Say hello to ArcGIS Server Basic Edition, ArcGIS Server Standard Edition, and ArcGIS Server Advanced Edition.

There are three editions for ArcGIS 9.2 Server: Basic, Standard, and Advanced. To better assist the geographic data management needs and requirements of server users, ArcSDE technology is included with all three editions of the ArcGIS Server product:

ArcGIS Server Basic Edition: ArcGIS Server Basic Edition is designed for GIS users who want shared access to geographic data. It provides core geodatabase management tools and technology for data storage, management (ArcSDE), and distribution (Web-based data replication).

ArcGIS Server Standard Edition:ArcGIS Server Standard Edition is designed for GIS users who want to visualize and publish geographic data as maps and globes. ArcGIS Server Standard Edition includes all of the functionality of the Basic edition plus a collection of 2D and 3D Web mapping/geopublishing tools, applications, and services. Application developers will have access to components (objects, Web controls, and services) for building solutions on both the Java and .NET frameworks.

ArcGIS Server Advanced Edition:ArcGIS Server Advanced Edition is designed for GIS organizations that want to provide a central, server-based GIS for distributing GIS services across the organization or over the Internet. ArcGIS Server Advanced Edition is the most functionally rich edition of ArcGIS Server. It includes all the capabilities of the Basic and Standard editions, plus it offers a collection of advanced Web applications and services. These applications and services include a browser-based editing application, numerous geoprocessing services, the ability to supply custom tasks to ArcGIS Explorer clients, and much more. For developers, ArcGIS Server Advanced Edition includes multitiered components for building and deploying both J2EE and .NET 2.0 applications and services for traditional desktop, mobile, Smart Client, and enterprise deployments.

Esri Server Editions

But that isn’t all.

ArcIMS will continue to be available and supported with the release of ArcGIS 9.2. In fact, ArcIMS 9.2 has many significant enhancements, including a new Web application and new developer components. ArcIMS users will receive ArcGIS Server Standard Edition as part of their maintenance, which means that ArcIMS users can use both ArcIMS and ArcGIS Server Standard Edition on the same machine. Also, all existing ArcIMS applications will continue to work at version 9.2.

So you get ArcGIS Server Standard Edition with your ArcIMS license.

I need to spend some more time digesting all this new info. A little information overload, but I’m suddenly really jazzed about going to the UC this year.

Does ESRI still support ArcVoyager?

I was cleaning out my desk preparing for a move downstairs (doesn’t sound too positive does it, but we are turning my office into a conference room) and I saw a disk for ArcVoyager. Bet some of you might remember that name, I sure had forgotten about it though. Take a look at this great screen shot that ESRI has on the ArcVoyager page (I’m still amazed at how many MS Windows 3.11 screen shots ESRI has still posted on their website and marketing materials).


Anyway, does ESRI still support this program? I mean even though the web page does say, “ArcVoyager was built so that little support would be necessary.” I’m guessing that at some level ESRI is still pushing ArcVoyager.

Of course finding this ArcVoyager disk isn’t as cool as the PC ARC/INFO floppy disk that reader Mapperz emailed me. I have a PC ARC/INFO 3.5.1 CD-ROM disk that I haven’t used in years, but that doesn’t beat 3.5” floppy PC ARC/INFO.