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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

In a move that draws Google Maps up alongside Bing and its Birds Eye imagery from Pictometry, the company today announced a pilot of oblique aireal imagery for San Jose and San Diego. I wonder what the source is? The images I saw on Trulia said (c) Google.

- Google Lat/Long Blog via James Fee

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/08 at 11:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICIS) launched a newly updated version of its website. ICIS is collaboration between Local Government, Provincial Government and major Utility companies in British Columbia. It’s members “are dedicated to the ‘collaborative sharing and integration of spatial data for the economic and social benefit of British Columbia’.” Of note for geospatial folks: there are now training videos in the new section “Web Map Tutorials.”

This group, founded in 2001 may be one of the best “reference orgs” for those trying to share geodata. That’s why I note the site here. Also, I met some of the key folks at the Safe Software event in Whistler last spring…and they still owe me an article - hint, hint wink

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/08 at 08:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

About a month ago (about a month after Google changed it’s US dataset to its “own”) we asked: What’s your opinion of the quality of Google’s “new” U.S. dataset? 144 people responded.

52% said it’s not as good.
22%  haven’t noticed a difference.
18% said they don’t use Google Maps regularly.
10% said it’s better.

So, about half are negatively inclined to the change and about half are positive or are not impacted. I suppose that helps explain why so few have raised issues (or even know about) the change.

The next poll asks about your take on the new OSM apps from Cloudmade: Mapzen and POI Collector.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/08 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Open Source Software (OSS) and Geospatial technologies are poised for increased federal government adoption over the next five years as cost-saving initiatives drive investment in these solutions, according to new research from INPUT, the leading authority on government business. Nearly half of federal and IT industry professionals surveyed by INPUT believe these technologies will have a major impact on their technology environment despite concerns over security and up-front costs.”

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/08 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Washington County, MD is receiving $413,712 in grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to develop a GIS of the county’s tax parcels, which are currently on paper.

- The Herald-Mail

Larimer County Colorado’s Geographic Information Systems and Mapping Group announced the release of its latest GIS Web map application, Landscape and Imagery Explorer. Among the new tools are: the ability to track a property’s changes over time; visualization of the varied terrain and drainage basins in Larimer County, and support for Emergency Services’ Fire Fighting and Search and Rescue efforts. It uses the ArcGIS API for Flex. It took me a while to understand the “slider presets” and I could not get the Land Info Locator to open a window. There’s no suggested best browser to use, so I wonder if the Safari on Mac prevented it’s use?

- Northern Colorado Business Report

Micheal Rodgers, a history teacher and administrative intern at Lake Cormorant Middle/High School, is mentoring a group of 10 students for the MARS (Mississippi Area Remapping Strategy) 2009 high school GIS projects. They are mapping point addresses for properties in the western part of Desoto County for the its GIS. ““It’s basically a database of geographically referenced information,” Rodgers said. “An example would be 911 services. If someone calls into 911, their GIS server will call up a map immediately of where it is located. It’s kind of like GPS (global positioning system). A lot of that is tied together with them.”

- Commercial Appeal

Delhi Metro’s Airport Express Line, which will take passengers from Connaught Place to the international airport here in 18 minutes, some 22.7 km is expected to become operational by September 2010. It’s being put on a GIS to “to enhance safety, maintenance and traffic regulation.”

- PTI News

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/08 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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