Geography awareness week is Nov. 16th -22nd, GIS Day is Nov. 19th

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Hey teachers, students, parents and geography lovers, did you know that this week is Geography Awareness Week? It was established by the National Geographic Society 25 years ago to encourage American citizens to “think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it.” The event seeks to raise awareness about the deficit of geography education in American schools and to excite people about…

ARTICQUE Using Bing Maps to Localize French Election Results

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This website is provided by ARTICQUE, an electoral specialist and editor of statistical mapping technologies. With this application, you can easily analyze election results at a Country, Department and even Community level.   “ARTICQUE chose to use Microsoft Bing Maps because of their responsiveness and the system reliability. Users will be able to localize the data in an efficient and user friendly way.” – Helene Junin, Managing Director at ARTICQUE…

Bing Maps in HeyGov! Helps Governments Manage 311 Issues

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Over two years ago, the Bing Maps blog highlighted MapDotNet, which is a suite of geospatial visualization, analysis, and integration products created by ISC. They have a lot of very interesting examples of how their product has been applied – I highly encourage you check out some demos. However, I’d like to highlight HeyGov!, a solution that uses MapDotNet, Bing Maps, and Azure to communicate and manage 311 issues for…

Data Connector: SQL Server 2008 Spatial & Bing Maps

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For those of you who read my blog, by now I’m sure you are all too aware of SQL Server 2008’s spatial capabilities. If you’re not up to speed with the spatial data support in SQL Server 2008, I suggest you read up on it via the SQL Server site. Now, with the adoption of spatial into SQL Server 2008 there are a lot of questions around Bing Maps rendering…

European Environment Agency’s Use of Bing Maps for Eye on Earth

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Last year, I blogged about The European Environmental Agency’s partnership with Microsoft which resulted in a (then) Virtual Earth web site that monitors the bath water around Europe, (see: Eye on Earth Water Watch (and Virtual Earth)). Well, the project is back and now using the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, a new UI and addition data overlays for air quality. Per the press release, Eye On Earth was launched in…

Virtual Earth Server Web Cast

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Very last minute, I know but it seriously just crept up on me! Register for the free web cast about the Virtual Earth Web Server and how Microsoft Partners like IDV Solutions are creating offline solutions for secure networks that need geographic data visualization using a plethora of content available from the Bing Maps platform. The web cast is tomorrow (!!!) Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 2:00 PM – 3:00…

Hoovers Puts Business Demographic Information on the (Bing) Map

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Hoovers, a Dun & Bradstreet Company, just launched a new beta mapping feature on their site that allows you to lookup businesses and visualize demographic information on and around a respective company. For those who don’t know, Hoovers offers proprietary business information through the Internet, data feeds, wireless devices, and co-branding agreements with other online services. The Hoover’s Web site features a database of information on more than 30 million…

Virtual Earth Server V2 Released

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Our second revolution of the Virtual Earth Server is now available! Virtual Earth Server? Yes, we have a server product. If you have a need for offline or behind the firewall scenarios for your government or enterprise mapping applications, the Virtual Earth Server is the product for you. And, it’s available through Microsoft volume licensing which means it’s SUPER easy to buy. Easy = Good. And, it uses all the same…

ESRI (UK) / Bing Maps Mashup Challenge

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A little plug for my United Kingdom friends who want to strut their GIS stuff…and win an X-Box. If you’re in the UK, you can participate in the ESRI / Bing Maps Mashup Challenge. The rest of us will just have to twiddle our thumbs until we get a cool contest… The collaboration and sharing of data presents endless opportunities for building GIS applications. ESRI (UK) and Bing Maps are…