“MxGPS 9, a user-friendly application to transfer data between ESRI’s ArcMap application and Garmin GPS, now supports Google Earth (.kml) format.
”As of version 9.0.15, waypoints and tracks can now be downloaded from the GPS directly into a KML file for use in the freely available Google Earth viewer (http://earth.google.com/).”
” Brilliant! Its like the KMZ is becoming the geographic equivalent of the PDF”
Phillip Holmstrand on Arc2Earth (via Spatially Adjusted)
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/14 at 07:00 AM |
When Microsoft announced its new Virtual Earth API this week, which could be perceived as a competitive response to Google, could this be the start of two companies moving to the mode of utility companies. Might Google and Microsoft Virtual Earth become the Georgia PowerTM and VerizonTM of the mapping world? That is, supplying all the maps, data and imagery just like electric or the phone companies supply power or the ability to communicate. It may just be up to you make it light up or talk, because they supply the core.
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/13 at 05:32 PM |
USGS will announce the location of the consolidated geospatial center and plans for restructuring on Thursday during a conference call for the press. Of particular interest is the location of the National Geospatial Technical Operation Center (NGTOC) which will will support all production activities and technical services associated with the USGS Cooperative Topographic Mapping Program, The National Map, Federal Geographic Data Committee, Geospatial One-Stop, and Department of Interior Enterprise Geospatial Information Systems.
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/13 at 02:54 PM |
Coverge of mapping, GIS and geospatial technologies on Sept 13.
“The Environmental Protection Agency has posted on its Web site its findings that stagnant floodwaters in New Orleans are highly polluted and should be avoided.”
“The Web page, with an interactive map, details the six water-sampling sites in New Orleans and gives information about the pollutants found.”
Government Computer News
Draining New Orleans Interactive Map
New York Times (via Thomas Misek, Port of Houston Authority)
“USGS scientists are using geospatial and mapping technology to help emergency responders find stranded victims of Hurricane Katrina. When victims contact 911, it is nearly impossible for rescue crews to locate individuals in flooded areas by their street names and addresses. USGS is working with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Geological Survey to remedy the situation by using “geo-addressing,” where researchers, using geographic information systems, are able to take these street addresses and provide longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates.”
USGS Press Document
“Researchers with the Dartmouth Flood Observatory at Dartmouth College have been working with state and federal officials, along with representatives from NGOs, to help map and analyze the flooding that has occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina.”
Dartmouth Press Release
“The U.S. Geological Survey in Lakewood produced a Hurricane Katrina damage map used by President Bush during a White House briefing Friday morning.
“The New Orleans-area ‘image map’ used post-hurricane satellite photos with various overlays, said computer scientist Jill Cress of the agency’s Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center. “
Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)
“Interestingly, the 33-page report opens with a recounting of last December’s tsunami that sounds eerily akin to similar issues that arose after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast not quite two weeks ago. ‘Responding agencies and nongovernmental groups are unable to share information vital to the rescue effort,’ the report recalls of the government in Thailand in the tsunami’s immediate aftermath. ‘Each uses different data and document formats. Relief is slowed; coordination is complicated. The need for common, open standards for disaster management was never more stark or compelling.’” [Discussion of a report presented at the World Bank in New York by a group comprised of academics, government officials and industry representatives urging open standards use.]
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/13 at 01:00 PM |
Reader Allan points out this “Nice article about google and the military” from The Register titled “Google Earth threatens democracy.” It’s got many nice captured images of military bases around the world and is a good chance to catch up on those aerial interp skills!
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/13 at 12:33 PM |