Arc2Earth V2 – Brian Flood has pre-announced his planned update to Arc2Earth version 2 – Arc2Earth is a set of tools enabling ESRI ArcGIS users to create powerful Google Earth visualizations. Brian anticipates release in about a month. Of particular note is better support for KML/GE region support which allows the publication of large datasets with minimal impact on GE performance while viewing. You can see an example of the results in his example of census blocks for Florida (note: if you hold the CTRL key and click with the left mouse button on a census area you get more details). There are a number of other features in the upcoming release. James Fee, probably the best-known ESRI GIS blogger, is excited about the upcoming Arc2Earth release.
Cartographers vs. Neogeographers – Richard Treves has a portion of an interview published, on his GoogleEarthDesign blog, with Steve Chilton – Chairman of the Society of Cartographers in the UK. This interview is worth reading. Google Maps, Earth, and other web 2.0 mapping tools have turned many of us into neogeographers and neocartographers. Steve’s perspective is that cartographers need to embrace neogeographers and help them understand the value of important cartographic principals so they can create better maps. Steve is also involved with the OpenStreetMaps project and has some interesting perspectives about that program. Although, I’m not sure he is aware of Google’s recent efforts to do its own “crowdsourcing” data collection to create its maps in India. Anyway, I recommend reading the interview if you have an interest on these topics.
Google Neo Job – Google is hiring contractors who will be “Google Business Referral Representatives”. If you are someone who would like to help them create better local business information for business listings in their maps – you will take pictures of local businesses, verify their hours of operation, and provide other details – and get paid by Google to do it. Read more details at Google, or a summary here at Google Blogoscoped.