China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping launched its web-based mapping tool, Map World on Oct 21. It’s in Chinese but navigable do to a familiar interface. (Usability!)
- via Ogle Earth which has a nice quicky review
There were immediate concerns that the data was not, as claimed, developed wholly by China. The State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping confirms that the site licensed DigitalGlobe imagery.
- Global Times
NextGov Asia interviewed Dr Hiroshi Murakami, Vice-President of Permanent Committee on Geospatial Infrastructure Asia Pacific (PCGIAP) at the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) World Conference in Singapore. Of note:
With new web and mobile tools to collect information and data, citizens could provide valuable and more up-to-the-minute geospatial information for government agencies, Murakami said, which could then be harvested through mash-ups, crowd-sourcing and other engagement devices.
But he added that the information “had to be official, authorised and trustworthy”.
- FutureGov Asia
The not-for-profit corporation tasked with determining the market value of Nova Scotia properties, Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC), signed a 10-year contract with Pictometry Canada, a leading provider of aerial oblique imagery and metric geospacial solutions. No word on cost of the contract.
- The News (Glasgow)
The government of Pakistan has the Land Surveying and Mapping Bill on the table. If passed it would require Survey of Pakistan as the national mapping agency to “ok” firms involved in surveying and mapping. Could be just like China!
- Business Recorder via Spatial Sustain
A planned website, Harrasmap, will allow women to quickly report instances of harassment via text message or Twitter, to be loaded onto a digital map of Cairo to show hotspots and areas that might be dangerous for women to walk alone. The data will be shared with activists, media, and police.
- UK Press Association
Sources report that Google Maps will not be licensed in China. The whole licensing issue will be reorganized late this year or early in 2011.
- Marbridge Daily