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Monday, March 28, 2011

Scientists, activists and global health agencies have this year used World Tuberculosis day, March 24 to highlight the threat of drug-resistant strains of the disease. Among the tools to tackle it in South Africa is GIS.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoalediis expected to make an announcement about the purchase of GeneExpert machines [which speed diagnosis and manages treatement] later on Thursday. The Minister is also due to launch new Geographical Information System (GIS) software which enables better management of TB patients, including information that matches area and individual profiles.

- Business Day

Public Health officials’ use of “innovative technology” such as Geographical Information Mapping Systems (GIS) to track and map persons infected with tuberculosis is expected to further advance the surveillance and management of those cases in The Bahamas, Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Thursday.

The comments came during the annual observance of World Tuberculosis Day Thursday, March 24, 2011 which I guess is getting to be more connected to GIS all the time.

- The Bahamas Weekly

The Mosquito Abatement Decision Information System - MADIS - for St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana will use satellites owned by imaging company DigitalGlobe to locate mosquito larval breeding habitats and activity at a 0.6-meter level of accuracy. The parish is partnering with aWhere, Inc. of Colorado to test a new imagery based system to locate and analyze potential mosquito breeding sites.


by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 04:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

While the initial request for scholars appeared earlier this year, this is the first I believe I saw of GeoCrowd, an effort to research user generated geodata processes and train the next generation of scientists who will use those data. The project is based in and seems to be drawing on European talent as it is funded through the European Commission. Esri Redlands and University of Texas at San Antonio, USA are associated partners as are organizations in China, but the rest are from Europe.

geocrowd – “Creating a Geospatial Knowledge World” aims at establishing a fertile research environment by means of a training network that will promote the GeoWeb 2.0 vision and advance the state of the art in collecting, storing, analyzing, processing, reconciling, and making large amounts of semantically rich user-generated geospatial information available on the Web. Specifically, activities will focus on (i) exploiting user-contributed geospatial data, (ii) Web-geodata management and (iii) efficient means for data collection and dissemination, e.g., mobile computing.

Four universities are helping Japan by providing image analysis services. Auburn Montgomery, George Mason University, Clark University and Penn State University students are involved after replying to a call for service from GIS Corps. At AUM:

Winemiller and his students have been doing the work for about a week. They have collected the remote sensing data from the U.S. Geological Survey Hazards Data Distribution Center.

Winemiller and his students have had to pore over many images to find detailed photos with little cloud cover where they can assess damage caused by the quake. Their maps eventually will help with infrastructure planning and other elements of the recovery.

- Montgomery Advertiser

Fourty-five eighth grad boys walk the length of Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans to explore its history and geography. The students of Brother Martin High School world geography teacher Melanie Williams carried GPS receivers and digital cameras to document what they found. That data will be included in a report by the Communities by Design panel of the American Institute of Architects, whose conference will be held in New Orleans in May. One interesting note based on how effective low end GPS is at determining elevation:

Students clicked photographs, jotted down observations and measured land elevation with their GPS units as they walked.

- Times Picayune

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 04:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The big news:

"Topobase is now part of Map!" Topobase is a tool Autodesk bought a few years ago aimed at the utility/infrastructure space. Now its guts are inside the desktop, too.

"There are two flavors of Map this year - Map 2012 and Map Enterprise 2012.  The major difference is that Map Enterprise 2012 includes enterprise database functionality linked with Oracle that once existed in the Topobase products." I guess that makes sense since so many map users are still "ones and twos" and don't need that functionality.

"Storm & Sanitary Analysis (SSA) is included in Map/Map Enterprise 2012.  This is something that came out as a add-on in the 2011 release and was marketed to the Civil folks.  Now us GIS folks can use it too!" This is another packaging change: putting the add-on into the box. Clearly this is not applicable to all users.

There is also a long list of feature enhancements. These are all focused on the product itself or AutoCAD and the interface.

- GIS Exchange

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

According to the posting, an iOS Maps Application Developer in Cupertino would help “radically improve how people interact with maps and location-based services.” User interface design is a must, as well as a “passion” for location-based technologies.

- GigaOm

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/28 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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