As a regular visitor to the Inland Empire (San Bernardino Area, CA) and a one-time resident of Happy Valley (State College, PA) I was amused by efforts to brand Southwest California. To its credit, SouthWest Airlines is part of the effort to promote the County of Riverside, along with the communities of Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Temecula as a business development destination. On the website is a GIS to find properties and all the marketing one might expect. This is just one way new geographies (or at least geographic names) are born these days!
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/09 at 07:13 AM |
Coverge of mapping, GIS and geospatial technologies on Sept 9.
Data and Applications
“A whole bunch of open source GIS’ers have been working with the San Diego State University to put a gigantic WMS [Web Map Service] of just about every bit of Katrina imagery together that we can find.” [My first look saw the NOAA aerial imagery delivered via MapServer to Web browser; other interfaces are available.] (Via Howard Butler)
Katrina Image Warehouse
“A team from the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER, usually pronounced “Em-sear”) [Cornell University] began Sept. 6 to survey Mississippi coastal communities, collecting this and other information and keying it to precise locations determined by GPS locators. The information will be relayed daily to Cornell’s Ithaca campus and added to a Geographic Information System (GIS) database that will be accessible on the Web through a map of the Mississippi Gulf coast.
“Arthur Lembo, a Cornell research associate in crop and soil sciences, developed the database and Web site….” using “a commercial GIS map-making application called Manifold.”
Cornell Press Release
“Far above Louisiana and Mississippi the satellite Terra searches the damage Katrina left in its wake. Using a camera system called ASTER (Advanced Space-born Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer), Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists organize images and data that help characterize the extent of flooding including damages to homes, businesses, and infrastructure and assess potential hazards caused by the storm.”
La Canada Valley Sun (La Canada Frintridge, California)
“In addition to the firefighters, the city’s GIS and mapping coordinator, Curtis Copeland, has been put on a stand-by list for activation to Mississippi by the GISCorps. According to the city, an urgent request went out for 20 Geographic Information Systems volunteers from around the country for Mississippi’s Emergency Operation Center in the state’s capitol, Jackson. GIS is computer technology that manages, analyzes and disseminates geographic knowledge.”
Branson Daily News (Branson, Mo)
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/09 at 07:00 AM |
Coverge of mapping, GIS and geospatial technologies on Sept 8.
“Nala and Da-vid Howard, residents of the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans that borders Lake Pontchartrain, were among the early arrivals. They left before the storm hit, driving to Meridian, Mississippi and then on to friends at 79th and Essex in Chicago three days later. Their apartment is definitely under water, Nala Howard said. They went to a topographical map online and saw their rental house flooded up to its roof.”
“’The problem is that 75% of U.S. flood hazard maps are outdated, ‘which greatly limits their value in reducing flood losses to lives and property,’” Michael Bullock, of Intermap Federal Services, told a Congressional committee in July.”
“A two-man firefighter team of David Etz and Richard Ivy from the city of Branson has gone to the Gulf Coast at the request of FEMA to assist in search, recovery and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of the affected area.”
News-Leader (Springfield, MO)
Data and Maps
New Orleans Flood Depth Map
Click on this Google Maps based app from C & C Technologies and get an approximate water level at that location. Details here.
Before and After Google Maps, Side by Side (via Google Maps Mania)
Other Google Mashups for Information Sharing
Google Maps Mania
Map Showing Katrina Affected Post Offices
US Postal Service
Digital Engineering Corp/Citygate GIS Provides Online Maps for Hurricane Katrina
Digital Engineering Press Release
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/08 at 08:00 AM |
Ready for GIS podcasts and video? It’s here. Hobu, aka Howard Butler offers two podcasts (interviews with himself and James Fee of the Spatially Adjusted blog). ESRI is offering video via EDN, though some fear it’s too marketing-y. (via Spatially Adjusted) IT Conversations hosts David Rumsey’s and Michael Frumin of Eyebeam’s presentations from Where 2.0. (via Edparsons.com)
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/08 at 07:56 AM |
If you have to waste, read this latest release from Autodesk about its strategic relationship with Oracle. Or, if you want the real story behind all the marketing buzz read this sentence from the website: “Autodesk recently signed an Oracle Resell Agreement which gives Autodesk Consulting the ability to resell Oracle Technology and Support, as well as act as a Global Value Added Reseller for our Development, Reseller and Integrator Partners.” Those facts were not clearly stated in the 1000+ word release!
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/08 at 07:51 AM |