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Thursday, July 29, 2010

The site is now live. Esri’s press release came out today.

—- original post 7/16/10——

The American Congress on Surveying (ACSM) and ESRI have agreed to launch a new event: the Annual Survey Summit.The joint conference will be held in San Diego starting in 2011and will mark the first event in a three year agreement. The event will include technical sessions, presentations, and a manufacturer expo. “The goal is to bring together GIS users with individuals from the surveying and engineering community to foster education and collaboration and to cultivate new business opportunities for everyone.” The website will be The Survey Summit, but is not live yet.

- Professional Surveyor
- press release
- previous APB coverage

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/29 at 03:00 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

7 Amazing Augmented Reality Apps for Android (Apps Sensei) - These are some location-based apps that include navigation, a 3d compass, tourism apps, etc. but good examples of what’s available today.

How Businesses are using Augmented Reality (Penn Olsen) - These apps are focused on product marketing and retailing and includes the classic AR example of trying on clothes to match style and color to one’s own liking.

26 Best Augmented Reality iPhone Applications (iPhoneness) - Again, mostly location-based apps but for the iPhone; tourism, gaming; some by Layar.

Augment Reality for the Enterprise - SAP Employee Unveils Prototype - A mashup of CRM data with location-based information…ok, now we’re getting to where AR meets the enterprise. We need more examples like this.

earthmine SDK for Flash - Examples from earthmine’s SDK to help users "tag" street furniture, etc., 3D measurements, and other applications.

by Joe Francica on 07/29 at 12:26 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

19.20.21: New York vs. Abu Dhabi
- LA Times

—- original post 7/19/10——

ESRI Releases Apple Map App, Reveals “19.20.21 Project” as Annual Conference Begins
- Xconomy

Mapmaker Follows his Own Path
- Financial Times (free registration required)

Kansas Adjutant General’s Office Gets GIS Award
- WIBW

Bigfork cavers give talk before huge crowd
- Daily Interlake

ESRI Reshapes its Proprietary Mapping System Into an Open Crowdsourcing Platform, Raising a Challenge for Google
- Xconomy

Since 1969, when Dangermond founded the business initially known as Environmental Systems Research Institute, the technology has evolved from proprietary systems that customers purchased and loaded onto their own computers into technology that’s also now available in free and open-source forms, like so much else on the Internet

[I’m not sure what open source story the author heard at ESRI UC.]

Urban insight starts with useable data (interview with Richard Saul Wurman)
- SignOn San Diego

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/29 at 11:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Recently I sent a request to the state GIS coordinators in the Gulf Coast region who are supporting efforts to clean up the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. This report comes via Mike Vanhook, the GIS coordinator for Alabama on progress sharing data among the various agencies involved:

The US government and affected states have done a fantastic job sharing data. It has been an absolutely incredible response and a real shot in the arm for GIS. Data is being generated by a number of sources, including all levels of government, academic institutions, and commercial remote sensing,  and is well-coordinated among responders. Most all of the data that is readily available is relative to the location of the oil spill, booms, or impact. Remote sensing datasets were the first resources that were highly available collecting imagery of the coast and oil spill. NOAA, for example, flew all of the coastline and made it available as public data only a day or two after collection and has continued to provide oil spill and coastal data sources. The data is then aggregated and distributed by the HDDS (USGS, Hazard Data Distribution System), HSIN (Homeland Security Information Network), or NGA.  Feature data has not been as common and has been distributed through a variety of methods and data types, also up through HDDS, HSIN, and NGA.

In Alabama we are working with The Response Group (TRG), who was contracted by BP to coordinate GIS/data services. We coordinated the development of a mobile boom application utility with ESRI and TRG that uses ArcGIS 10 technology to collect boom data via GPS and Marine Police. Alabama is hosting the application on an ArcGIS 10 Server instance. The data is collected by GPS on Panasonic Toughbooks with built in GPS receivers, and synchronized by cellular air card through the internet back to the database at TRG.  Alabama is consuming the data service as a ArcGIS Server Map Service into a viewer for State agencies.

It is important to understand that I am not directly involved with the State’s response. I am, however, providing geospatial services and support to the lead agencies, ADEM and AEMA, in their response.

In regards to your specific questions I have provided the following responses:

  • Who is helping the State of Alabama in developing a geospatial data repository to help mitigate the oil spill?
    • As mentioned above we are coordinating with BP and the UCP (Unified Command Post) to collect boom data, we also receive general updates on the plethora of data sources available from the response community. Alabama in general has taken responsibility for its response and is using the best available data and coordinating among agencies. I maintain a daily email updating state agencies on oil spill data and services that I am aware of through observation and involvement in the oil spill response.
  • Are you (i.e. Alabama GIS) getting data from NGA? NOAA?
    • Yes – everyone in the response community has access to NOAA data and other sources that are consumed by NGA.
  • Are any of these data going to BP and is BP funneling any data back to state agencies?
    • Yes – to my knowledge information is being passed back and forth between agencies trough distribution of services and shared content. In general the geospatial data and services have been open among the response community and some data has carried a FOUO designation. Where possible, it seems data that can be public and does not have licensing restrictions is public.

Specifically regarding NOAA they are generating a number of the feature data sources and remote sensing data, they are well connected to the response community and have aggregated the available data from the community into the Geospatial Platform viewer. Most of the data is generally available in the response community and similar such applications are now starting to be visualized, including BP’s own version, as the data and sources are maturing. At first there was a furious response to get any data possible on scene. Now there is some normalcy to spatial operations and reliable connections can be made to data sources and services generated from the application of data.

Michael A. Vanhook
GIS Coordinator
Information Services Division (ISD) - Geospatial Office
Alabama Department of Finance

by Joe Francica on 07/29 at 11:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Today ReadWriteWeb documents the irrelevance of Slashdot.

- ReadWriteWeb

—- original post 9/20/06——

When I first got into this geo writing biz (2000) I found a few websites I read regularly. Along the way someone I really respect told me I should read Slashdot - everyday. And, he was right; I needed to read Slashdot back then at least in part because no one else did! But that was before the rest of the world caught up with blogs and RSS feeds and frankly, good coverage of technology.

Now I find the things I read on Slashdot (at noon EST) I heard on NPR that morning while lying in bed! And, now I have so many other eyes looking at geospatial for me on Planet Geospatial and elsewhere. And I have even more eyes looking at technology. So, bye-bye Slashdot. I’ll probably keep a feed for you for a while, just in case…

Now, many have said that Digg is the new Slashdot. I never read it and based on Slashdot’s drop in my ratings, I probably never will, though I know it uses a different model.

So, as I say goodbye to Slashdot, is there anything I should be reading everyday?

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/29 at 08:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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