2006 (old posts, page 5)

ArcGIS 11.0?

Just read on All Points Blog that ArcGIS 9.2 will be ESRI's biggest release ever. Nevermind the version number. In my humble opinion, if Dangermond really wants to get customers fired up he should go to 11.



Re: ArcGIS 11.0?

Author: James Fee

What and miss out on ArcGIS X?

Re: ArcGIS 11.0?

Author: Christian

Absolutely... Love the picture!

Re: ArcGIS 11.0?

Author: Sean

Whew, somebody got and appreciated the reference! I was beginning to get a little concerned for our cultural literacy ;)

Re: ArcGIS 11.0?

Author: Brian Flood

late to comment but for the record: Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and... Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten? Nigel Tufnel: Exactly. Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder? Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where? Marty DiBergi: I don't know. Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do? Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven. Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder. Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder? Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven. of course, Christopher Guest's delivery is what makes the scene :)

Re: ArcGIS 11.0?

Author: James Fee

Sean, My work blocks port 8080 so I can't see the image. Always having to cause trouble you are....

Re: ArcGIS 11.0?

Author: Sean

James, thanks for reminding me. 8080 was only supposed to be a stop-gap. All my blog images should be accessible to you now.

Re: ArcGIS 11.0?

Author: James Fee

Much nicer... Thanks Sean

Re: ArcGIS 11.0?

Author: Naren

ArcGIS 11.0 What ??? ArcGIS 9.2 release is delayed from summer to last quarter 2006. By the way I love the the image...

Mapnik and MapServer

Mapnik 0.3.0 is released. Mateusz Loskot and Matt Perry are also now blogging mapnik news, so that makes four of us. I think I'm still the only one regularly blogging MapServer releases. This doesn't mean that mapnik is developing at four times the rate of MapServer, but perception -- particularly in the blogosphere -- can often trump reality. The MapServer project really ought to make a little more noise.

In a comment on his blog, Andrew Hallam asked if there is a correlation between use of open source and high quality cartographic output. Only in that everybody, commercial or open source, likes high quality cartography. What's new is that there is more and more competition in the open source domain lately. The MapServer project has been content with the venerable GD library, and it wasn't until I began blogging about an Agg-based renderer for PCL, and the emergence of mapnik, that other MapServer developers started to become interested at all in using Agg or Cairo. Even the most conservative open source projects must respond quickly to competition and ever-rising expectations. I expect improvements in cartographic quality from open source applications to accelerate.


Re: Mapnik and MapServer

Author: Andrew Hallam

Hi Sean, Sure, everyone like high quality cartography. Personally, I suck at cartography, so I'm presuming that providing nice maps is a combination of the skill of the cartographer and the capabilities of tools they use. What I was wondering is whether the use of open source tools has any correlation with high quality output. i.e. Are open source mapping products more capable than their commercial cousins when it comes to cartography? Obviously, users of open source tools have the opportunity to extend those product to provide the features they need. Most users of commercial products will use the available capabilities, but when they "hit the wall" they move on. Andrew

SVR WX Episodio Due


Via Igor Tavella, check out the livecam at the stage 17 finish line. The final 5.5 km climb to this summit was cut from the race today, as was the very top of the preceding climb, Passo delle Erbe. Sadly for us fans, there were no Hampstenean feats in the Giro today.

Piepoli wins the stage, with Basso immediately behind. From all reports it was a miserable day of riding.

Giro: Plan de Corones

Tomorrow's 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia finishes with a 1260 meter climb to Plan de Corones. In their never-ending quest to make the Giro the most macho of all stage races, the organizers are grading and resurfacing an alpine ski area's service road. Some stretches of the final grade, which averages 12%, run immediately parallel to the lift line. Rumor had it that some of the hairpin turns would reach 24% grade, and all but the hardiest of climbers would be walking their bikes up an gravel trail to the finish. Igor Tavella has a video of the climb, and it's clear that the route's surface is much improved over last year's gravel road to the Finestre. Still, it's high enough and steep enough to be another classic.

Igor has also made a KML file available for download.


Re: Giro: Plan de Corones

Author: Matt

This will be a great stage! Looks like Basso is set to stomp them all. Who can rival him today? Thanks for the link to Igor's video.

Offline Life

I think Howard and Josh are the only geospatial folks who know for sure that I have any semblance of an offline life. Believe it or not, I do. If there was any serious Ultimate in the Fort, that's what I'd be doing this spring. Instead, I'm going big in the garden.


Re: Offline Life

Author: andrea

a fantasic post


What do you know: our first severe weather warning of the season. A band of thunderstorms is headed up I-25. Better get the quilts and comforters ready.

I must say that the new NWS radar web app is almost as bad as the prospect of losing my garden to hail. It's too clever by far, slow to load, and sporadically takes down my browser (Firefox). I thought AJAX was going to kill crappy applets forever, but apparently word hasn't gotten to everyone yet. The previous incarnation of the page worked just fine for me, and I'm missing it now.

Update: dodged that bullet! Also, a reader points out in the comments that I overlooked a link to the "classic" NWS radar pages.



Author: Max

Have you noticed the "Goto: Standard Version" link towards the top of the page? It brings up the radar_lite.php version, which is just an image: http://radar.weather.gov/radar_lite.php?product=N0R&rid=FTG&loop=no It's almost the old, but with a different color scheme.


Author: Sean

Right in front of my eyes. Max, thanks for the tip. I'm a happy boy.

URISA and Geospatial LoB

URISA, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, has weighed in on the Federal Geospatial LoB RFI. In section 2.4 (page 15), the authors state:

"No New Funds": Not Realistic.

They have plenty of other serious recommendations as well. I don't agree with all of them, but I do appreciate their objection to rigid, top-down, governance, and emphasis on investment in geospatial infrastructure.

URISA's document mentions FEMA, but doesn't get into particulars. Here's the deal with FEMA: One of the Federal Government's most appreciated entities was reorganized into the Department of Homeland Security, where, through a combination of revolutionary thinking, cost-cutting, and cronyism, it was completely eviscerated. Congress is now discussing whether the agency should be given a burial. Could we be seeing another application of the same anti-patterns to our geospatial domain? Revolutionary thinking is clearly at work in the LoB: "Think big, propose big ideas". The cost-cutting is there, too. The Reverse Midas Touch is so common in the Federal Government these days that it's hard to be optimistic. I'm hoping that the GSA gets many more responses like this one from URISA; our geospatial infrastructure needs to be led by sober practitioners rather than by visionaries and revolutionaries.

Update: to avoid confusion, understand that the editorializing about FEMA and the Reverse Midas Touch is mine, not URISA's.

Geeked About Cycling

The biggest cycling stage races of the year are upon us, and that means that the TDF Blog bumps Planet Geospatial from the top of my blogpile. Last year I reviewed the official 89th Giro and 93rd Tour maps, but there's no significant changes this year: the Giro map is a little more brown, the Tour map remains the same gold.

The TDF Blog points out that the Tour route is emerging on Google Earth Hacks. By next year, the designers of the race websites will have realized that they need to supplement their drab itineraries and profiles with KML files.


Gabbo-like buzz for ArcGIS Explorer is building again (here for great picture). Does ESRI really need such an application to stay competitive, or is it more of a vanity project? I'll be an ArcGIS user again, but only on the desktop, and for selfish reasons I'd like to see the company not expend resources building a geospatial cathedral. On the other hand, an ArcGIS Explorer that is a viable alternative to Google Earth and WorldWind could help convince people that ESRI really gets the modern web platform.