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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

South Africa

A new online system for submitting mining claims in South Africa will help create a public GIS system for residents to explore mining rights activities.


The system offers geographical information systems (GIS) based spatial information, which for the first time allowed the public to view the locality of issued rights, and land in respect of which applications were being considered, at any given time, through the department's website.

- iAfrica

Rwanda

Rwanda "The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), yesterday, received Geographic Information System (GIS), equipment that will be used in data gathering during the forthcoming National Census." - All Africa Malaysia The environment minister questioned the results of an imagery and GIS based study that suggested that the county is being deforested faster than its neighbors. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas and Malaysian Nature Society president Prof Dr Maketab Mohamed was also sceptical of the figure questioning the conclusions and the data. Said Mohamed: "From the sky, even rubber trees may look like forest; how can you be sure satellite imagery is able to accurately distinguish between land cleared for replanting and land that is being deforested?" Those behind the study stand by their methods and data.

- The Sun Daily

Malaysia

The environment minister questioned the results of an imagery and GIS based study that suggested that the county is being deforested faster than its neighbors. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Unggah Embas and Malaysian Nature Society president Prof Dr Maketab Mohamed was also sceptical of the figure questioning the conclusions and the data. Said Mohamed: "From the sky, even rubber trees may look like forest; how can you be sure satellite imagery is able to accurately distinguish between land cleared for replanting and land that is being deforested?" Those behind the study stand by their methods and data.

- The Sun Daily

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/09 at 04:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Consolidated Edison has provided a $30,000 grant to the College of Staten Island. In addition to allowing underserved high school students working/studying alongside CSI students, the grant will include GIS experience. "Subsequently, field exercises will allow students to take their own series of measurements and observations. After completion of field and ship-based activities, students will go to the CSI Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratory where they will record their findings and results."

- SiLive

A Ph.D. Candidate in spatial science at USC, Elisabeth Sedano, has developed a Website that tracks and maps the visual eyesores in hopes of creating LA's first database of billboard locations. The project uses crowdsourcing to capture the data.

- LA Weekly Blog

James Page, CEO of James W. Sewall Company headquartered in Old Town, is among the candidates to replace the current president of U Maine. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Maine at Fort Kent and has taught there even as he's lead the geospatial firm. Other candidates have more extensive administration experience, so he's not a shoe in by any means.

- The Maine Campus

Esri will offer courses to help user prepare for its certification exams.

- Training Matters Blog

The University of Texas Libraries have completed a three-and-one half-year scanning project to make the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Texas and Mexico (1877-1922) available online.

Texas

Mexico

- U Texas News

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/09 at 04:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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