June, 2011

  • Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket Blog

    More content released to Windows Azure DataMarket


    Here we go again, everybody... More content!!

    We’re very happy to publish our first offering from China!

    According to Chanjet: “In short, from the operational indicators for the SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) segment, we see that the impact of external factors outweighs the internal factors, and this is causing increasing operational risk for the Chinese SME. The key focus areas for the SME in order to minimize their operational risk, include: capital risk, receivable risk and inventory risk.” Did you know this? If you’re like me (I didn’t know this), then you, too, can benefit from some quality time poking around Chanjet’s China Small & Medium Enterprises Management & Operation KPI Data offering.

    Our friends at LexisNexis have published Legal Communities. This offering provides access to the largest collection of Legal Blogs written by leading legal professionals, more than 1,600 Legal Podcasts featuring legal luminaries, information about Top Cases and Emerging Issues. The communities enable you to keep current with the latest Legal News, Issues and Trends. I recommend adding this to your daily blog reading regimen – right after your daily stop to the DataMarket blog.

    And last, but certainly not least, check out of Sao Paulo, Brazil, courtesy of Sanborn!


    Sanborn’s Building Model Service contains some 66 of the largest metropolitan urban areas across the United States, Mexico, South America, Canada, and Europe. This spatial database is comprised of photogrammetric extracted, from high resolution aerial photography, accurate and precise property-and-address-based building footprint geospatial building footprint vectors.  Building footprints are concurrent with an accurate 3D building “Massing” model, allow for advanced modeling and analysis of urban buildings and structures, blocks and neighborhoods.

    Enjoy new content!

    The Windows Azure DataMarket Team

  • Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket Blog

    Announcing More New DataMarket Content!


    Hello everyone! It’s that time again… We’re happy to announce our latest content release!

    Have you ever wondered if there are any environmental hazards around your house? If so, we’ve got the solution! Environmental Data Resources, Inc. is publishing their Environmental Hazard Rank offering. The EDR Environmental Hazard Ranking System depicts the relative environmental health of any U.S. ZIP code based on an advanced analysis of its environmental issues. The results are then aggregated by ZIP code to provide you with a rank so you can see how the ZIP code you're interested in stacks up.

    It’s Trivia Time! Today’s question: Is the buying power of US dollar greater today than it was in 1976? And today’s Bonus Question: was the buying power of US dollar greater in 1976 than it was in 1923? If you’re sitting there scratching your head thinking “Hmm, these are good questions, Mr. Azure DataMarket Blog Writer Man”, then fear not, MetricMash has got you covered. They’re publishing their U.S. Consumer Price Index - 1913 to Current offering. This offering provides the changes in the prices paid by consumers for over 375 goods and services in major expenditure groups – such as food, housing, apparel, transportation, medical care and education cost. The CPI can be used to measure inflation and adjust the real value of wages, salaries and pensions for regulating prices and for calculating the real rate of return on investments. And, speaking of buying power, MetricMash is offering a free trial on this offering to make it easy for developers to use this information inside their apps.

    - Mr. Azure DataMarket Blog Writer Man

  • Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket Blog

    MSDN Webcast: Using Windows Azure DataMarket to Explore the Power of Local Weather


    Streamlined access to local weather information promises to empower product development ranging from consumer experience such as www.myweather.com, which provides real-time radar and a seamless worldwide satellite sector, to complex machine learning algorithms. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, don’t miss the upcoming webcast, “Using Windows Azure DataMarket to Explore the Power of Local Weather”, which will take place Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:00-9:00 am, PDT.

    During this webcast, presenters Ben Zimmerman, Weather Central Dr. of Business Development and Elisa Flasko, Microsoft Program Manager, will explore how you can use local weather data to create compelling applications and revolutionize business intelligence. This session will also focus on Weather Central’s differentiating science, the ease of data integration offered through Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket, and share several use case applications.

    Click here to learn more and to register.

  • Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket Blog

    DataMarket Bing Map App


    Today we are very excited to announce, in partnership with OnTerra Systems, the launch of the new DataMarket Map App in the Bing Map App Gallery!


    The application allows you to use your existing DataMarket subscription to access and visualize layers of geospatial DataMarket data on Bing Maps. If latitude and longitude don’t exist in the data offer, then the Bing Maps geocoder will geocode on the fly.

    Don’t have a DataMarket account yet? Well, you’ll definitely want to check it out and sign up, but there is some sample crime and demographic data available to give an example of how the app works.

    -The DataMarket Team

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