I was able to attend the last day of the Location Intelligence Conference in San Francisco today. One of the highlights for me was the ability to meet Tyler Mitchell and other people interested in the OSGeo. (I also learned that Tyler was the author of this book, and I know plan to pick up a copy.)
I was able to catch a session on the role of satellite imagery in location technology, in which we listened to presentations from both major satellite imagery providers in the United States, GeoEye and Digital Globe. More on these presentations later...
In the morning I got to catch a session that detailed the major players efforts in the “local search” arena. This basically means linking internet search engine results with location information and maps. I must admit that Microsoft had the most impressive showing, (how it pains me to say that), but Yahoo also made a strong showing. However, I believe another of the session speakers, an employee of a small company, has figured out a key part of the “local search” strategy. I will provide more details of this in a later blog post, and explain why I think the big players will run into an undetected obstacle to realizing the full potential of “local search”.
Inspired To Assist More If Possible
The conference has made me realize the important of an organization like the OSGeo to the health of the open source GIS community. This has inspired me to renew my efforts to support the organization. I want to give some serious thought to starting a local chapter of the OSGeo here in the Central Valley. My efforts to help with the OSGeo umbrella for the 2007 Summer of Code hasn't gone that well, but I want to renew my efforts on the Free GIS Book. In particular, I think I need to organize greater participation in the book, and set up some infrastructure to encourage collaboration on the book's contents. In other words, I have a lot of work to do. :]
Commendation for Autodesk???
Stay tuned for more information on the conference, and some thoughts on the OSGeo. I'll try to include some commendation for Autodesk. (Yes, I said commendation for Autodesk, not condemnation...)
The Sunburned Surveyor