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Friday, May 26, 2006

I’m not a fan of awards for award’s sake, but the fact that Spatial India magazine (of which I’ve not heard but which begain publishing in Feb 2005) gives away Indian Geospatial Awards annually is another indication GIS is alive and growing in India.

Who won?

National Remote Sensing Agency professional surveyor, L R A Narayan received the Lifetime Achievement Award his extraordinary contributions in the fields of surveying, cartography, photogrammetry and remote sensing applications.

Rolta India was named the Geospatial Company of the Year while the Ministry of Agriculture received the Award of Excellence for Geospatial Usage for “its enthusiasm and commitment in utilising geospatial technologies through the implementation of Crop Acreage and Production Estimation project across the country.” The award was also given to the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare and the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, also received an excellence award for using GIS on an HIV project.

In conjuction with the awards, Spatial India offers a first: an Indian Geospatial Industry survey.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/26 at 06:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Actually, mashups are part of a college course called Invisible Cities, a first year course at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The class’ website offers up “different ways to see the city” and the students behind it"hope the information in the mash-ups will be useful to Hartford residents, empowering them by making their city more visible.”

So, was this course taught by geographers? Nope! “The Invisible Cities course is being led by Dan Lloyd, Professor of Philosophy, Rachael Barlow, Social Science Data Coordinator and Caroline Milano, TA, with the assistance of David Tatem, Academic Computing Specialist.”

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/25 at 07:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a short product overview of the pricy Pioneer’s AVIC-Z1 in the New York Times a feature I’d not run into before is offered: the ability to learn the drivers shortcuts. Interestingly, the system also builds a library of music/video from the CD/DVDs/MP3 you play in the car. I guess learning short cuts for the drive is in the same family of “copying.”

My initial thought: If I know the shortcut why would I need to tell it to the nav system? My response to myself: Well, if someone else used the car, they could take advantage of it. My second response: Gee what if we could upload and share those shortcuts and maybe have an algorithm evaluate them to see which best saved time, turns, red lights. etc. Ok, maybe I’m dreaming…

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/25 at 06:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

An article at FCW.com outlines the state of the appropriations bill for Interior covered here earlier this week. Also, it provides this paragraph on the status of the call for proposals from the private sector to do the mapping work of the center.

The draft solicitation for the Colorado work is scheduled to be issued this month, followed by a final solicitation in June. USGS officials anticipate awarding a contract to run the center by early February 2007.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 09:10 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

University of Missouri-Columbia engineering Professor Curt Davis published research last year that indicated “part of Antarctica was gaining ice mass although global warming was thought to be melting ice everywhere else on the planet.” His work concluded the growth was actually a by-product of global warming.

Ads from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, financed in part by oil and automobile suggest claims by environmental groups that seek reduction in fossil fuel use to curb carbon dioxide emissions are out of line since Davis notes growth in the ice sheet.

Says Davis, director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence at the university:

On one of those ads, they chose to use the result I published last year to basically say the ice sheets are growing and not shrinking. It’s a blatant misuse of our result to create confusion where confusion does not exist.

via Columbia Daily Tribune

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/24 at 06:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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