I’m reluctantly providing what I might call the “coolest geoblogs for 2006. Keep in mind that this is “MY” list and is totally subjective. I sometimes find it annoying when others simply make a list and call it the BEST list, particularly of blogs. The reason being that blogs are totally subjective and ones like or dislike for a blog will most certainly differ from the guy sitting in the chair next to you. In my mind a blog is an extension of the blogger’s personality and interjects personal feelings, passions, and dislikes. And so, here’s a sampling of the blogs that I have enjoyed over the past year. The list is by no means complete and if you don’t get mentioned, please don’t hold it against me;0)
Run by Frank Taylor, this “unofficial blog has secured a position as the place to get info about Google Earth. Frank was so early and so good at getting his blog entrenched in the blogosphere that he beat out everyone else, including Google at putting up a blog for the Google Earth user. Frank even spoke at this year’s Google Developer Day (which I attended) in San Jose, CA… what a great plug for a blogger! To see what users are doing with Google Earth, get tips on locating KMZs and KMLs and to hear about what’s new for Google Earth then this is a must bookmark. Congrats to Frank!
Very Spatial – http://veryspatial.com/
This popular blog run by “Sue & Jesse” was the first resource to run with podcasting at the heart and sole of the offering. You’ll find daily blog posts that inform you about Geospatial technologies and solutions, most of which you won’t hear about anywhere else (that is until other bloggers simply repost what VS has already posted). The podcasts are very professional, informative, and educational. I’ve met the authors at conferences but have yet to be interviewed, typically because we simply can never get our schedules in synch… maybe in 07! Kudos Sue and Jesse!
Random Notes from Jason Birch – http://www.jasonbirch.com/nodes/
If Mapguide or webmapping for local government is of interest to you then Jason’s blog is a must visit. You won’t find posts every day (Jason is busy with his day job) but the posts that you get on a weekly basis are typically very detailed, informative, and useful. Jason is charged with maintaining the Mapguide application for the City of Nanaimo, BC, Canada (I used to live there) and he’s involved with OSGEO as well. Nice stuff Jason!
As a business owner I’m always in need of advice, mentoring, and sources of information… this is where Guy delivers! Updated a couple of times a week, Guy offers up sounds advice for the business owner using a very street-smart and savvy approach. Often posted in Top 10 fashion (think Dave Letterman) Guy’s advice ranges from top 10 lies of Venture Capitalists to the Art of Shmoozing… I’d be lost without Guy’s advice… his book The Art of The Start is also a great read – Thanks Guy!
If you’re an AutoCAD user or a CAD engineer that can recall using AutoCAD prior to R10 then you know Lynn. She’s Autodesk’s technical evangelist and travels the World preaching to the followers about the how-to’s of AutoCAD. Not specifically a “Geo” blog, her posts are educational, humorous, and useful for any AutoCAD product user. There are now a host of AutoDesk employees with blogs but Lynn definitely has the momma blog! Most recent posts are focused on what happened in Vegas (not everything stays in Vegas!) at AutoDesk University. Lynn is one of my faves and she’s a Colts fan to boot so how can you go wrong! If you want Autodesk GIS specific blogs then I suggest this DWF blog http://dwf.blogs.com/ and you also need to visit Shaan’s weblog at http://autodesk.blogs.com/between_the_lines/. On a side note, the one thing I’ve noticed about Autodesk and their staff blogs is that they seem to be all over the place! Some are hosted on blogs.com, some on blogs.AutoDesk.com and some at wordpress.com… in time I’m sure they will all make their way under the Autodesk.com domain, however, I can’t blame them for not moving some of the popular ones for fear of losing RSS feed connections, links in etc… Congrats to the Autodesk bloggers for keeping us all informed.
Every application developer team needs a weblog and the ArcPad crew quickly realized that! With most of the content coming from down-under via the RIA developer team (these are the guys behind ArcPad technology), this blog informs the ArcPad end user or developer about what they can expect to come in ESRI’s mobile GIS solutions. Elvin, Shane and the crew do a great job with this one (and they even link to GISuser.com too so they can’t be all that bad;0) Keep it up guys and hopefully the next major release won’t be 3 years away!
GIS Matters – http://gismatters.blogspot.com/
What better way to stay informed about an application like ArcGIS then from one the the product development leads? David Maguire keeps the blogosphere upto speed with ArcGIS happenings via his weblog and its closely monitored by the ESRI blogosphere for obvious reasons. No doubt David is quite careful about what gets released on this blog but its still a must read. A useful feed of all the official ESRI weblogs can be found at http://blogs.esri.com
Many writers also complement their efforts by maintaining a blog. Jeff Thurston, known by many in the GIS space who read print publications and other news resources, does a fine job maintaining his Vector One blog. Jeff is a Canadian now residing in Europe (Germany) , thus, you’ll find loads of Canadian content in the mix, along with material of interest to any GISer regardless of location. Jeff’s travel tales are always enjoyable and quite amusing! Congrats on a nice job Jeff – PS: you need to fix the link to your photos!
Maintained by a .Net developer, this popular resource is heavy on content and provides many useful leads. Posts don’t go into great detail but nonetheless its a good source of blogosphere news. This one also comes from down-under
Via Virtual Earth – http://www.viavirtualearth.com/vve/Dashboard/Default.ashx
If you need to stay informed about Microsoft Local Live and/or Microsoft’s Geospatial offerings then this resource can’t be beat and is a must bookmark for anyone using Virtual Earth. Nice job guys but what happened to the link to GISuser? ;0)
Anything Geospatial (AnyGeo) http://www.anygeo.com (also at http://gisuser.blogspot.com)
Andrea Rosso – http://www.rossoworld.com/
Dave Bouwman http://blog.davebouwman.net/
Ed Parsons http://www.edparsons.com/
Steve Scitron-Pousty http://thesteve0.wordpress.com/
Tyler Mitchell http://spatialguru.com/
SlashGeo – http://www.slashgeo.org – another good aggregator.. a blog? Well, not in my books, none-the-less some useful pointers here.
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