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Friday, May 13, 2011

New Zealand

Christchurch is using mobile LiDAR to map the current state of the city and will compare it to imagery from before this year's earthquakes as it begins the rebuilding process.

- 3News

China

From an article that focuses on domestic development of GIS technology over imports, comes this statistic:

In domestic market, the total market share of ArcGIS, MapGIS and SupGIS is less than 5 percent.

I'm not clear on what constitutes the other 95% of the market.

China Economic Net

Cambodia

How do protect  animals by keeping their habitat intact in Cambodia? Use GIS. Suwanna Gauntlett explains.

But mostly, how we stop economic land concessions that are legal is personal interaction, between me and government officials. For all the economic land concessions that have valid permits or are going to have valid permits, I personally interact with the government. I act a little bit like a lawyer. I go on the ground to document GIS [Geographic Information System] points, do GIS mapping, take aerial photographs, and then build the case as to why that economic land concession should not be implemented in that specific location. I then correspond directly with the ministerial level, the Council of Ministers, and sometimes the Prime Minister himself, and follow up with meetings and [additional] correspondence. Sometimes, if it is really necessary, I call upon an inter-ministerial steering committee, that was formed upon our request—I bring them to the site, I brief them and they then go back to central government and represent the case.

- MongoBay

Ireland

Esri Ireland has 27 job openings expected to be filled in the next 18 months. The Irish Times profiled the company.

- Inside Ireland

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/13 at 04:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The maps San Luis Obispo County officials have before them look like a bureaucrat threw up on a GIS computer model.

Reporter Colin RIgley describing the raw data a team will use to redraw SLO County’s (California) supervisorial district lines.

- SLO Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/13 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The community manager for HopStop (i can't say it or type it!) reports:

HopStop, the leading provider of pedestrian navigation and transit routing, surpassed the 100,000 download mark [for Android] in just five months since beta-launching the app in mid-December. 

Averaging nearly 1,000 downloads per day, HopStop’s has quickly catapulted into the Top 40 free Travel & Local apps within the Android Market. HopStop's Android app was also recently chosen as a "Top Pick" by T-Mobile, and the app's initial launch was sponsored by Barnes & Noble (in support of The Nook).

The app is free. I've been tracking the company/app since 2007 when I said it would not make it. I still don't use it and still can't pronounce or type the app name with ease. It seems to be successful despite my issues, however.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/13 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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