Monthly Archives: February 2007

ArcExperts Blog/Aggregation resource now up for ArcGIS developers

Just in case you don’t have enough blogs bookmarked yet you might wish to check out this new resource developed by Dave Bouwman at http://www.arcexperts.net/. Essentially its been developed using OPML I believe (Dave even offers up a short tutorial on this http://blog.davebouwman.net). The resource indexes weblogs and resources that are focused on ArcInfo, ArcGIS and developing for the ArcGIS platform. Think planetgeo but more focused. FYI, if you want to develop your own aggregation of your favorite blogs I suggest you create a Google account and setup your Google homepage to crawl only your favorite blogs, news sources, flickr streams or ??? You simply add XML or RSS feeds for anything that interest you… pretty simple yet very effective… I have my very own GIS-centric Google home page with all the latest news (from GISuser.com naturally!) and many other cool resources. I can now add ArcExperts to my list of feeds using this url: http://feeds.feedburner.com/arcexperts – FYI, to add GISuser headlines to your Google homepage (or your myYahoo!) simpl add this feed – http://feeds.feedburner.com/GisUsercom
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China getting tough on Surveying and Mapping Firms

This news item comes from The People’s Daily Online A new regulation restricting surveying and mapping by foreigners will be implemented in China on March 1. “The regulation will strengthen China’s management of surveying and mapping by foreign organizations and individuals, protect national security, and promote economic and scientific cooperation between China and other countries,” said an official from the State Bureau of Survey and Mapping on Thursday. Apparently, the Chinese law on surveying and mapping states that foreigners must cooperate with a Chinese partner and the activities must not involve state secrets or jeopardize national security. See more at http://english.people.com.cn/200701/25/eng20070125_344811.html

And yet another GIS job site…

Just got wind of this new, BC-based GIS career service — like another one is really needed! Anyway, check out www.GisJobSearch.com .. a decent looking resource although brand-spanking new… we’ll see if this one takes off or not. Personally, with free career posting available at places like the GJC and at GISuser Careers I can’t really udnerstand that there would be a demand for another job site although a Canadian focus may differentiate it from some others… Good Luck to the developer!

Mobile Monday Vancouver to look at location-based services (LBS)

A heads-up for those of you in the Vancouver BC area.. Mobile Monday will be tacking the topic of LBS in March… some details about the event – Insight into location based services; opportunities, market size and demand What types of LBS applications will dominate the market place Revenue generation with LBS Company partnering opportunities
Date: March 12 , 2007
Time: 5:00 – 7:30pm
Venue: Presentation – Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street
Reception – Mosaic Bar & Grill, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency
Not familiar with Mobile Monday yet?? Well you should be! See WINBC for more details www.winbc.org – Mobile Monday Vancouver is an open forum held for the global community of wireless industry professionals. It fosters cooperation and networking among interest groups, industry people and their companies by providing the logistics and opportunities for personal and virtual contacts.

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Reminder, Nokia maps (smart2go) Beta is now available

The free mobile mapping/routing application from Nokia is now available for free download today – although it seems to have been up and down! I finally got my download to work.. a tip.. try the PC download rather than the SMS download of the 3.4 MB file! At first glance its quite cool although I’m a bit unsure about the POI database. As a test i tried entering a search on Fort Collins, CO and a number of POIs seem to randomly appear (many are hotels). I quickly jump to the map and browse around, toggling from a 2D to a 3D (sort of) view. The 3D is simply a tilted view giving a somewhat 3D appearance. The POIs are random in nature and features like ATMs, airports etc.. show up on the map. The app is quite fast… i tried connecting via my wireless LAN and via T-mobile internet connectivity.. beware of this if you don’t have all you can eat data on your mobile plan. I’m still messing around with it but I’ll also try some of the routinng and directions features soon. I lilke the ability to search and them email the results to someone… very handy. Overall for a free app its pretty darned cool. You can get smart2go from www.nokia.com/maps or jump to www.smart2go.com… stay tuned! Note: the app is available for Symbian S603 smartphones and Windows mobile devices also.

A tip for locating Google Earth KML / KMZ files using Google search

A tip… if you’d like to locate some KMLs for viewing in Google Earth there’s a very simple way to search ALL the KMLs available onn the web (they are simple text files remember). Using Google Search simply type in the following string to search for a KML for Vancouver… filetype:kmz vancouver or filetype:kmz nanaimo – notice the vast number of results… you can refine your search or add even more detail if you’d like better results. Similarly, if you’d like to locate an AutoCAD DWF format file try this search string – filetype:dwf nanaimo

Search for MKL KMZ data using Google Search… no problem

A tip… if you’d like to locate some KMLs for viewing in Google Earth there’s a very simple way to search ALL the KMLs available onn the web (they are simple text files remember). Using Google Search simply type in the following string to search for a KML for Vancouver… filetype:kmz vancouver – notice the vat number of results.. you can refine your search or add even more detail if you’d like better results.