Archives for October 25, 2007
I received a message from sean in response to the earlier post I did about the San Diego data. Sean shares this with us regarding making data available concerning the San Diego fires. “We’ve been pulling together a good chunk of data on our end and I just posted up a blog entry with a list of what is currently up. See HERE
We are also working on an atlas page to provide some context and mashups for the data. We should have that up if not tomorrow over the weekend. The community has been uploading data into GeoCommons tagged as “San Diego fire”. If people need a central place to make data accessible we are happy to host and convert it. You can dump KML, shapefiles or GeoRSS in. Hopefully it will be a helpful asset. Part of the motivation for GeoCommons was the volunteer work we did during Hurricane Katrina so hopefully it can be helpful this time around.” See also here
Once again I didn’t make it to GeoINT (Darn.. it looks like such an awesome event!) but I did get some comments from a reader who shared some observations… The coolest application on display in a booth had to be the face recognition scan in the Lockheed Martin booth. A camera did a face scan of people entering the booth, and then the photos were compared against a database of photos taken of every attendee at registration. The system was then able to flash the names of visitors up on a screen as they entered the booth.
Overall booth observation – I noticed that many companies are now using expensive video and multimedia productions in their booths to show off their products and services. The presentations were flashy and professionally done.
Best booth give-away was definitely GeoEye, which was handing out Margaritas on Tuesday afternoon. Needless to say, this drew quite a crowd.
Interesting observation by exhibitors – the keynote presentations and main sessions were so interesting that traffic was relatively light in the hall at times. (I’ve never heard anyone complain about presentations being too interesting.) Luckily, GEOINT had dedicated periods when there were no sessions going on, and the exhibit hall was packed during those times. I never heard a final attendance estimate, but the number was definitely up from last year.
Interesting observation by a military attendee – one officer noted with some discouragement that we now have the technical capabilities to integrate all types of data, but we still can’t overcome the problem of people not wanting to share their data.
sounds great! I also was on the phone the other day with an attendee and it sounded like the speaker lineup and attendance were both awesome! Congrats to the organizers… the moral of the story here… want booth traffic… forget the expensive booth babes, just give away Margaritas!! Ola – see http://www.geoint2007.com/
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A clever google map has been created for those in San Diego and surrounding area looking for shelters and other useful emergency resources…
just an FYI, but if your interested in adding another group to your facebook contacts, please consider joining this facebook GIS group where you can share your geospatial stories, tips, photos or whatever… connect with other GIS professionals and feel free to join my facebook network while your there as well! Please feel free to ping me on how we can make this group more useful too…
– Pedestrian directions
– Multipoint routing
– Gas Prices by Lowest price (default) or distance or alphabetical
– Aerial images