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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

You can learn that and more in an article (a follow up on the platform winning a GCN award) on its use in the Gulf oil spill. It was cheap since the code had been written a year ago. The big issue: getting permission to use agency data for use in the public version.

An update: “The Geospatial Platform/ERMA tool has already been integrated with DHS’ Homeland Security Information Network to support all homeland security missions.”

- GCN

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/19 at 10:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

CBS has ordered a script development for a drama based on The Pawn by Steven James. The book, one of eight, follows FBI Agent Patrick Bowers, who uses geospatial investigative techniques, including geoprofiling, to solve crimes.

- The Celebrity Cafe
- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/19 at 10:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

And, now they are on the AIM.

- StockMarketWire

—- update 10/5/10——

Business Weekly has more of the details (like per share price) and also explains the “why” of this odd maneuver.

IQ completed the disposal of its two remaining trading businesses, Rosslyn Research Limited and Viewpoint Field Services Limited, on February 1. That effectively rendered it a cash shell and an investment company under AIM rules. It was then required to make an acquisition or have its shares suspended.

There’s been some confusion about this but apparently it happens a lot per Paul Ramsey commenting at Spatial Sustain.

- Business Weekly

—- original post 10/1/10——

That means that 1Spatial is really acquiring IQ Holdings. The new company is expected to be called 1Spatial Holdings and will trade on the AIM, the London Stock Exchange’s international market for smaller growing companies.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/19 at 10:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

How to mark the125th anniversary celebration of the Survey and Mapping Department Malaysia? If you are the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, with a further commitment to growing the use of geodata. The “government would formulate a policy and act to encourage and enhance the usage of geospatial data in the country’s development process” via a geospatial act. It “would focus on data confidentiality and safety, the principles of custodianship, data sharing, data integration, data dissemination and standards.”

- Borneo Post

The Padang administration, West Sumatra, circulates evacuation maps of tsunami-prone area in the city. The maps also offer information on secure places to take refuge. The map is designed by the Provincial Disaster Management Agency of Padang and Mercy Corps of England. It provides evacuation roads during tsunami.

It’s not clear to whom the map is distributed or how outreach around it will help prevent future tragedies. But it’s a start!

- VivaNews

After a family lost a baby when driving on a flooded road last week, officials are warning drivers in China not too be too dependent on GPS receivers during “which can be fallible during inclement weather or in rural, mountainous areas.” They also, apparently, are not aware when roads are flooded and should be avoided. A county police chief noted: “Drivers should also refrain from turning on the radio, MP3 players or other communication devices that may interrupt the GPS’s satellite uplink, he said.”

- China Post

The plan is to change from a house-number-based addresses to a street-name-based one by 2012.The change is expected to bring in $300 million in new use of the data in post offices, finance and communications. The plan is to be complete by 2011 July so the new system can be in use in 2012.

Maeng Hyung-kyu, Minister of Public Administration and Security, expected this project would reduce about 4 billion dollars of social and economic expenses annually, promoting the development of location based businesses in the future.

- Korea IT Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/19 at 08:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

It’s an interview with Henk Hoff, board member of the OpenStreetMap foundation and avid OSM map builder. I wonder why there’s all this OSM buzz lately?

- WSJ

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/19 at 08:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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