Points of Interest: January 28, 2005


UK Geo Bumble. Reader Martin shared this article from The Gaurdian. In short the UK seems to have as much trouble standardizing and sharing geospatial data as the rest of the world. Perhaps we can learn something by reading about their challenges?

Intergraph Up for Quarter/Year. Intergraph Corporation announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2004. Revenue for the quarter was $146.2 million, compared to $144.5 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2003. For the year ended December 31, 2004, revenue was $551.1 million, an increase of 4.8% from $526.0 million reported in 2003. It was the company's best financial quarter/year in 12 years, said Halsey Wise, Intergraph President & CEO. Also of note, Larry Laster has announced his intention to retire as Intergraph's Chief Financial Officer.

Very Confusing. This headline appeared on many GIS and CAD websites in the past few days: "Autodesk Software Named DWF Composer Editors' Choice, Top Product Pick" I read it several times before giving up. And, yes this is the actual title on the release from Autodesk. The real story? Autodesk's DWF Composer was selected as one of Buildings magazine's 2004 Editors' Choice - Top Product Picks.

DMTI Story. Ever wonder about DMTI Spatial, the data provider up in Canada? Well the whole story, including that of COO Glenor Pitters who started the company with her husband, John Fisher is told in the Toronto Star.

Men Read Maps, Women´┐Ż Professor Rex Jung, a co-author of a study at the University of New Mexico suggests why men are better map readers. It has to do with the differences in the reliance of the sexes on either grey matter or white matter in problem solving. In intelligence tests men use 6.5 times as much grey matter as women, but women use nine times as much white matter. Gray matter is the stuff of processing information, white matter is the stuff of emotional thinking and language.

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