SQL Server and MapPoint 2009, Together At Last

   It’s like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup…what in the world has taken us so long to be these two together? Rhetorical question; however, I now bestow upon you, for the first time outside the walls of Redmond, The Microsoft® MapPoint® Add-In for SQL Server (download it FREE!). The Microsoft® MapPoint® Add-In for SQL Server gives you the power to visualize and manipulate your spatial data – stored in...
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ESRI Launches MapIt Using Bing Maps in a Microsoft Geostack

ESRI made a huge push into enterprise mapping today with the launch of its MapIt product…this just got interesting! Ok, so what is MapIt? Well, it turns out it’s a lot of things, but in a nut shell “ESRI MapIt™ is a lightweight Web mapping gateway to SQL Server 2008. Much of your data may have a locational component that allows it to be displayed on a map. MapIt enables your data for use in interactive mapping applications...
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IDV Solutions Releases Visual Fusion 4.0…And, It Is Awesome!

I just want to give IDV Solutions a huge shout out today. I dragged myself in to work after waking to another dreary Seattle morning. Hoping the coffee would perk me up…bring out the fail whale. However, this morning I finally got some time to investigate the latest version of IDV’s Visual Fusion (4.0). After just a few clicks, I am re-inspired to take on the mapping world – which is good because I have a web cast here in 30...
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Happy Earth Day, 2009

Happy Earth Day, my fellow Virtual Earthlings. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to highlight a couple Virtual Earth applications? Ok, I could think of a few ways, but since we’re all stuck inside on Earth Day….wait, maybe I should go work outside today….I’ll give you some relevant sites that have integrated Microsoft Virtual Earth into their applications to help conserve Mother Earth and give you a reason to...
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New ESRI / Microsoft Virtual Earth Partnership Announced

This week during the Environmental Systems Research Institute Developer Conference in Palm Springs, CA, ESRI announced their extended partnership with Microsoft’s Virtual Earth business unit granting native access to Virtual Earth’s imagery and road network map data within ArcGIS Desktop and Server. How’s that for a footprint? At the very least it makes the GIS world a bit more interesting, no? Here’s the official...
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AGI Visualizes Geo-Physics on Virtual Earth

I may have to quit my job. I want to go out on top like John Elway. Once I’ve seen everything, I don’t know what else will light a fire under me to get up in the morning. Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) has just changed my world by demonstrating how Microsoft Virtual Earth can be used to visualize data like I’ve never seen before. Read the official press release on the AGI web site – AGI Software Incorporates Microsoft...
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EUCI GIS 2.0 Conference

I’ll be presenting at the EUCI GIS Conference in San Antonio, TX on January 27, 2009. The conference subtitle being, "Technical and Programming Developments for Electric and Gas Utilities" means I get to show off some code so I AM AMPED! Microsoft Virtual Earth has many applications across utilities, so I’m excited to have the opportunity to talk about them. A little something about the conference: Geographic Information...
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Web 2.0 GIS with eSpatial

eSpatial built a demonstration of their iSmart application leveraging Microsoft Virtual Earth to allow GIS Developers the ability to render, modify and save GIS information into a server-based database. The demonstration has a super simple user interface based completely on JavaScript and simple HTML. There are two sets of controls one for displaying information and the other for editing. The obvious requirements for maneuvering maps are...
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Thematic Mapping and Heat Maps with Virtual Earth

I’ve had a couple inquiries about heat maps of late, so wanted to ensure people are aware of the capabilities enabled and resources available for creating heat maps with Virtual Earth. First off, my esteemed colleague Johannes Kebeck has just finished authoring a two part series on overlaying data atop of Virtual Earth. The first is "Creating Thematic Maps with Virtual Earth and SQL Server 2008" which illustrates the ability to...
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Tracking the Spread of Diabetes in Australia

The Australian National Diabetes Services Scheme has published an interesting Virtual Earth map application illustrating the spread and penetration of diabetes across the country. The Australian Diabetes Map allows users to select a specific area type – National, State, Postcode, Federal Electoral Zone and Local Government Area in order to drill down into the respective geographical regions for analysis of the gender of those...
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