Elvin from the ArcPad team has shared the news with me that Shane and the rest of the arcPad crew are now keeping developers and other aficionados (is that a word?) of ArcPad up to speed with a new blog aka. The ArcPad Team Blog (Great Name guys!). See what the guys are up to like today’s blurb about the ArcPad Today Powertoy, a handy, configurable Today screen plug-in for ArcPad – see http://arcpadteam.blogspot.com/ or even better, catch-up with the team in person at the ESRI UC next week in San Diego. Of interest will be a session on ArcPAD and the 2010 US Census
Archives for August 1, 2006
Recall I recently made reference to a very cool mashup found at alertdude – this was in reference to a mashup tracking sexual predators. Well, it turns out I also recently received an update from the developer Matthew Dubiel and it turns out he’s been up to some very cool things. A while back he created theaterdude, a national theater finder and mapper for the US. Then he thought about doing yard sales or maybe gas prices. But it eventually came to him that instead of making site after site after site, it would be wiser to group them all. Enter the latest development found at the alertdude groups. Imagine being able to create a named group where you can invite friends to post items in the mashup and build the group. Create a group of garage sales, a directory of professionals, personal ads, events, or ??? that’s exactly what you can do at the new groups utility from alertdude. As a sample I created my GISuser Group – a directory of mapping professionals. Try it out. Simply add yourself by creating a quick user profile (email and pw) then add your company’s information or calling card… way cool! See http://www.alertdude.com/groups/ and look for the GISuser Group. Maybe even create your own group. Once your group is created you can add a listing, post a picture, description, contact information etc… from the group application users can contact you or leave a message.
For a $25 annual subscription fee, you will receive a single POI file that contains cameras for the entire US. Most major urban centers are covered and free updates are provided with your subscription every time the camera database is updated, including when new cities are added – they update the dB approximately every 2 weeks. To test it out a sample dataset of some 1000 red light cameras is available. See GPS POI for the data. The company also provides a ton of other POI datasets including Wal-Mart locations, book stores, restaurants, national parks, and loads more. Looking for more place name data? Check out the geonames database – see http://www.geonames.org/export/
From the rumor mill.. word on the “street” has it that the DHS has recently (yesterday actually) inked an end user agreement licensing deal with ESRI… wow! We likely won’t see or hear any official PR about this one but I’d love to see how many zeros are on that cheque! Obviously the DHS has been a strong user of ESRI solutions for some time, however, this deal spanning the entire agency is big time… can’t wait to hear more about this one!
Fantom Planet is once again trying to get some bloggers together.. this time its in San Diego at the ESRI UC. I hooked up with fantom and a couple of others at Where 2.0 a couple of months ago and we had a great time (although there was only several of us there). Mark your agenda – August 9, 8 PM, place TBD… more details here
The other day I was clicking around and found myself on CNN watching a report on a reported sexual predator. What caught my attention was the fact that “reporter” and show host Nancy Grace referenced some analysis that she had done for the show to reveal several hundred sexual predators that resided in the area in question for the show. What struck me as odd was that the map was clearly a screen shot captured using a Google Mashup — I’m 99% sure that the mashup used was the Florida Sexual predator mashup from AlertDude (one that I have hyped in the past for its excellence) — the problem… CNN and NAncy Grace made no attempt to provide credit to the website for providing the map used on the show… pretty sad. Hopefully the developer will follow up and contact CNN about this. For more on the sexual predator mashup see this feature in our Gallery or jump to http://www.alertdude.com/