If you run the dynamic symbol sample (DynSym) using a version of Internet Explorer 8 or earlier you will see a message about needing a more standards compliant browser. A colleague downloaded the Internet Explorer 9 beta this week and reported the symbols display correctly. This is as expected and it will allow a wider deployment of the symbol technique.
Nice to read all the major browser manufactures are supporting WOFF:
Typographic pizzazz: Coming to a Web near you
Last winter I created a system to build symbols dynamically depending on multiple variable values. The effort was published at Directions Magazine and can be found at:
Business intelligence software has techniques to analyze and handle multivariable data. Technical management consultant George Moon offers an approach that uses parameter/variable driven symbolical displays, colors and cues for interpretation, providing the ability to quickly convey multivariable and spatial temporal data. He includes some fonts and tools to test it yourself.
An electronic version of the book Lessons Learned is now available at:
My son is working on a website around his work at Whistler. He is also doing a few video clips. I like this one http://4runner.ca/en/contest/entries/video/4bb41d64e250c but of course I am biased.
I have done a paper around symbology and web updates to demonstrate its use is being finalized.
I am re-miss in providing updates. I have completed several successful presentations and I only have a few hardcopies left of my first run of the Lessons Learned book. I decided to submit to Chapters-Indigo’s electronic arm, Kobo, an electronic version of the book. Several people have asked me if it was available in that form. Kobo have accepted my submission and it should be available for order in the near future.
I have also been working on an old idea from my Collins and Moon days and adapting it for use in business. It allows the creation of dynamic symbols from multiple variables and can be used in dashboards, on map displays or in-line as part of a report. I am working on a paper around the process along with some examples of its use. More to come.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visits to various universities where I talked about leadership and management. The students at Guelph, York and Laval are just starting their business journey and I was pleased with their interest and questions. I look forward to continuing my interactions with universities and other corporations in the new year.
I gave a presentation on the rationale for writing Lessons Learned to a group of about 20 men yesterday. The group was interested in hearing experiences discussed in the book and had several relevant questions. One question was on my thoughts about the importance of the experience of failure. I believe the experience of failure is important and I talked about the image of the journey being like stepping stones across a river. Slipping and getting wet is okay so long as you dry off, learn from the experience and move on. Any manager who only expects positive outcomes from their employees and punishes those that fail will create a very conservative atmosphere that misses important new discoveries. Taking unnecessary risks along the critical path however is not a good idea if they can be avoided.
I also mentioned the importance of building upon your successes so you create a positive memory of what it takes to succeed. Failures can be a beneficial learning experience but the feeling of success is much more rewarding.
I am about to start a little lecture and book tour. Should be fun. I will be speaking at University of Guelph Oct 29, York University Nov. 19 and Laval Nov. 26 and 27. A few other dates are firming up for the new year.
I had a wonderful business dinner last night with a former GIS client. We discussed where GIS was going and who were the thought leaders. I said I believed it very may well be someone in the NASA or Jet Propulsion Labs. It certainly needed someone with a mathematical, computer science or physics background as well as an appreciation of design and an aptitude towards GIS. I mentioned work done on the semantic web as an interesting area for GIS exploration. Also the efforts on image recognition will impact GIS use as it becomes much more visual. Web 2.0 will make it accessible for broad numbers of users of the technology. So it is not clear to me who the most influential future person will be. I think it is easier to think of the company that will impact GIS the most.
The obvious choice is Google. Mapping and what you can do with mapping is common place thanks to Google. There is little doubt they will be doing more. It is unfortunate however that many people do not understand that GIS is much more than what you current see with Google Maps. Sometimes executives in companies can not see why you need different GIS software and even departments. Can’t it all be done with one package? Isn’t it just like what Google does?
I think it is time to visualize GIS as more like a hospital when explaining GIS to executive decision makers. Inside the hospital you have health care and Doctors. You need radiologists, oncologists, cardiologists and so on. They are “just health care” but you would not expect each of the Doctors to know the details of each area of specialty. It is the same with GIS. There are many areas of specialty and your company may need many different specialists and software packages to get your job done. But just like in a hospital you need to communicate well between the specialties to provide correct and optimal patient care. You want the same among the various GIS specialties. Ensure you communicate and exchange information and you will maximize your investments.