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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

A University of Arkansas professor is using laser mapping and GIS to explore the terrain of fossilized teeth. It turns out that the pits and bumps on teeth are a good indicator of what prehistoric animals ate. Called dental topographic analysis, the process involves a laser which reads the three-dimensional coordinates of the tooth at one-thousandth-inch slices along the surface. The software then calculates coordinates and produces a three-dimensional map of the tooth.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/22 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The state of New Jersey has expanded its relationship with ESRI to provide not only software to state non-government organizations (NGOs) but also training, technical assistance and OGIS metadata training (not sure what that is). The program has been renamed Initiative for Community Access to Technology (ICAT). While I love the idea of NGOs learning about and using GIS, I wonder if there are ways to provide more options. I know of at least one: the use of open source technology. At least one NGO is looking to use open source software to support other NGOs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/22 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, February 21, 2005

In today’s newsletter, we noted that at the MapInfo Board meeting that more acquisitions were planned. Well, indeed, a press release this morning revealed that the company as purchased GeoBusiness Solutions Ltd., a UK consulting firm focusing on business applications. The company was a MapInfo reseller and has a long list of UK retail companies as clients. This is the second UK company that MapInfo has purchased within the last year and augments their position in the retail sector. We can expect more acquiistions from MapInfo. Look for one in the insurance sector. This is one of the vertical industries identified for growth by MapInfo along with the financial services sector.

by Joe Francica on 02/21 at 10:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The state capitol of New Hampshire must be seen. So says a zoning ordinance from 2001. And, that meant paying consultants on the order of $10,000 to confirm that a new building (costing some $12 million) would not block the view of the gold dome from drivers on Interstate 93.  A resident brought the issue before the planning board, essentially asking for proof that development of Capital Commons would follow the zoning.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/21 at 10:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Jerry Dobson, who for a long time wrote for GeoWorld and worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has an article in a Mississippi paper on his frustration with the lack of reaction to tracking devices. He writes in his new position as president of the American Geographical Society. Dobson does something any good writer on science does: he clearly explains the science. УConsumers welcome GPS receivers for personal navigation, especially for travel and outdoor recreation. There’s much good and certainly no harm as long as the coordinates go directly to the user and no one else. Current devices display maps produced by geographic information systems (GIS) containing detailed information about businesses, residences, and individuals. Human-tracking devices add radio communication that reports location data to a service center with its own powerful GIS. Subscribers pay for the privilege of peeking in at will to check on the individual being tracked.Ф How often is that part Уleft outФ of coverage? Too often, in my opinion. Most striking is DobsonТs final comments, recollecting a conversation regarding tracking Mexican workers. Just the language made me bristle. ItТs a short article; read it.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/21 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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