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Monday, December 12, 2005

GIS Corps got further coverage along with the important message that mapping is valuable both right after and in the long term after disasters via an article from the Dallas Morning News.

Since then, mapping has played a key role in the hurricane recovery effort, from identifying areas in need of debris removal to locating the sites identified as needing relief supplies or FEMA trailer units.

“We wouldn’t be able to place these units without the maps,” said Frank Kelly of Bechtel, who coordinates delivery of FEMA trailers from the county’s emergency operations base in Kiln.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There’s a nice update on the GIS work of Mercy Corps in Aceh on the organization’s website. Not surprising that such work is out of the news. I suspect as the anniversary of the event rolls around, we’ll see more coverage.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Good, it’s not just me: I could not get Live Local to show me the front of my house, so I welcome this mini-tutorial from the Virtual Earth blog. Bonus points for this statement: ” A lot of bloggers are talking about the new Birds Eye view in the latest release of Virtual Earth. but I get the feeling that a lot of people haven’t discovered the rotation feature yet. I guess that means we need to work on making it more apparent in the UI grin

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/12 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, December 09, 2005

TenLinks pointed me to an Autodesk blog which states that the free DWF Viewer has passed 10 million downloads. I can beleive that. My question from the start has been: How many GIS people are using it to share data? Since Autodesk has such a small share of the geospatial market (less than 10% when Daratech last spoke on the matter) is the viewer even a a player in our space?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/09 at 01:23 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A CNET article on how technology is helping in response to natural disaster focuses on the current meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Of interest, statements by Google on the new data it’s contracted:

The search giant recently licensed all of National Geographic’s photography archive for use in Google Earth, according to Orcutt [John Orcutt, deputy director for research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and president of the AGU]. And Google is licensing and gathering new satellite imagery of sea temperatures from NASA and Scripps. Combining all the data into visualizations, people can learn and understand more about their world, he said.

“This is a practical way for the public to get new information about the earth they live on—that’s revolutionary,” Orcutt said.

It seems clear to me that Google wants Earth to be the browser for all data, whether it owns it or not. Forget interoperability at the services level, the vision is to lock you into its browser. And, its working! What GIS company, even some CAD comapnies, doesn’t have an officially (or user built) tool to move data to KML?  I’m not saying this is evil exactly, we just need to be aware of what is going on.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/09 at 08:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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