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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

We don't usually delve too much into hardware but this email from Dell today caught my attention (see press release) since it is being specifically marketed to CAD/GIS users. In the past, we used to see bundled hardware/software all the time when machines were not as powerful and stepping up to a UNIX workstation was more optimum. Here's a new Dell "entry-level" workstation certified with software as follows:

From Dell:

The T1600 will be certified with some of the top DCC, CAD, CAM and CAE applications including:

  • 3Ds Max, Maya and AutoCAD from Autodesk
  • Hyperworks from Altair
  • Microstation from Bentley
  • MasterCAM from CNC Software
  • Catia and SolidWorks from Dassault Systemes
  • SketchUp from Google
  • Pro Engineer from  PTC
  • SolidEdge, NX I-deas, NX and Teamcenter from Siemens
  • LabVIEW from National Instruments
by Joe Francica on 04/05 at 02:01 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Galveston has launched its online GIS which offers "citizens easy, convenient access to GIS data." You can download most of the data (not aerials) in ArcGIS 10 geodatabase format. You can download the County Appraisal District as a shapefile. 

- press release

And, they are working on redistricting in Virginia.

Like many surrounding counties in Southwest Virginia, Wythe County employed the help of King-Moore Inc., which specializes in using geographic information services and information technology, to digitally plot the county.  

Company leader Brandon Moore likened the concept of digitally redistricting the county to using a more informative version of Google Earth maps.  The difference between satellite Google Earth images and what the GIS software provides, however, is additional information and the ability to analyze the number of people within the census block.  

- SWVA Today

The local paper in Kamloops in BC, Canada has set up its own Google Map and invites residents to note issues the city needs to address. The city promises nothing, but asks that perhaps users also note things are working well in their city.

- The Daily News

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/05 at 05:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google has updated the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border that became important last year when a former military leader from Nicaragua took hold of a bit of land he claimed was owned by the country. After negotiations failed, "Costa Rica filed a lawsuit against Nicaragua with the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which handed down its interim decision on March 8, 2011, for Nicaragua to remove its troops and stop environmental damage of the area."

- Inside Costa Rica

Google is ending its support for Places QR codes which were being trialled in a few cities. It appears NFC will be the technology of choice.

- NFCWorld

Google's Street View mapping service infringes privacy, a Switzerland's Federal Administrative Court has ruled. Google must blur all faces, license plates, and ensure the complete anonymity of people near sensitive facilities.

- Search Engine Watch

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/05 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An Information Technology laboratory for Food Security Master’s Degree programme of the Addis Ababa University (AAU) opened recently.  The lab includes printers, computers and GIS software that will support a two year masters degree in food security.

- WIC

The Chronicle of Higher Education (haven't read that since grad school...) runs downs many of the university efforts to support relief efforts. The article closes with a quote from U Redlands DIana Sinton, who argues such efforts present "ideal opportunities for students who may be questioning why they're spending a zillion dollars studying something that may suddenly seem quite esoteric when compared with life-and-death situations they're seeing on screens."

- Chronicle of Higher Education

Catherine Hade’s environmental research class of Catherine Hade at Waynesboro Area Senior High School participated in two pilot programs in March. One was titled “Water Shed Dynamics.” It "allows WASHS students to manipulate data in a Geographic Information System based on data collected in various watersheds around the United States. This GIS allows students to examine what factors might affect the quality and quantity of our state and local watershed using satellite data." I'm guessing it's really Watershed Dynamics and is affiliated with this Globe effort.

- Record Herald

More than 1000 fourth and fifth graders visited Indonesia's Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta this past week for a mapping festival. Each one made a map of the country. The event, "Seribu Peta Untuk Indonesia (A Thousand Maps for Indonesia) was organized by students from the university’s Faculty of Geography with the aim of teaching children about Indonesian geography as well as fostering national understanding." Indonesia is starting the development of future cartographers early; they do need more of them, per the dean of geography, Prof. Dr. Suratman Woro.

- The Jakarta Globe

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/05 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Mayor Bloomberg announced the winners of the NYC BigApps 2.0 open government competition on Thursday. In a surprise, sponsor BMW upped the prize money from $20k to $40k.

The big winners are both LBS apps:

Grand prize winner Roadify is an iPhone app that helps New York City commuters find open parking spots, give bus and subway conditions and more - in real time.

Second-place Sportaneous, "integrates location-based technology to arrange sports games between users. The app includes the time and location of a proposed match, how many people have committed to participate and notes from team captains.'

- GovTech

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/05 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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