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Monday, June 20, 2011

Word from LightSquared on Monday that the solution to the well documented interference with GPS signals is to move its network to a different area of the spectrum (one controlled by controlled by satellite company Inmarsat Plc) one further from where GPS operates. That move, says Chief Executive Sanjiv Ahuja, will remove interference in 99.5% of GPS receivers. He promised to work with GPS manufactures to ensure there are no issues with the other .5%.

The Save Our GPS coalition described the proposal as a "Hail Mary"  and stated there would still be interference. LightSquared promised further details on the solution next week.

- Dow Jones

Other reports cite a plan to not only move to this different part of the spectrum but to also limit the power of the base station signals to 50% of the original plan.


by Adena Schutzberg on 06/20 at 01:55 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — To get more people involved in helping public schools, the Department of Education (DepEd) has launched an interactive online map which provides full public access to the status of key education resources in over 50,000 schools in the country. ...

“This includes data on the pupil-classroom ratio, number of teachers, water and power supply, and the various groups that assisted a particular school,” he said.

By visiting, the public can access the profile of each school and can help the prospective benefactors by clicking the “Donate” button to make a pledge.

- Manilla Bulletin


Student volunteers of 23 educational institutions, including Loyola College, Presidency College and Pachaiyappa's College, Queen Mary's College and Stella Mary's College for women, 200 'green force' volunteers and NGOs will be involved in the project. The volunteers will be provided with census survey forms. At the end, the completed forms with a summary for each institution/ward will be compiled to develop a database . The data will be superimposed on a GIS maps for future planning of afforestation. 

These are some of the key players in the Chennai tree census.

- The Economic Times


Nepal GPS Solution developed a digital map, with eight popular tourist destinations. It's free for 2011 and can be used on GPSs and phones.

- PhilStar

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/20 at 04:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Google's latest cool tool, built in partnership with with UC Berkeley, Cal-Adapt, shows the impact of climate change, provide time-series, and provides data for download. The prototype was announced back in 2009. Fast Company's description of GIS is interesting:

In addition to the visualizer, raw data is conveniently packaged in tabular form (think Excel) and GIS, a professional mapping utility used by economists and urban planners to spot regional trends.

Details on the development of the site are in PE&RS (the journal of ASPRS). (Be warned it's one of those flippy magazine where is looks like a magazine in your browser.)

- Fast Company

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/20 at 04:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

He'll leave in August for a joint fellowship at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His vision to revamp IT and identify waste is hampered by spending cuts.

- WaPo blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/20 at 04:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The ArcNews Summer 2011 issue is not in the ArcNews index (not sure why not), but at least some of the articles are already online. Here are the ones I've found.

Why Use Cloud Infrastructure for ArcGIS.

ArcGIS Online [PDF] poster.

The Road Ahead for ArcGIS

GPS Support Fully Integrated in ArcGIS Explorer Desktop

Open REST Standard Lets You Author, Use Map and GIS Services Almost Anywhere

The City of West Plains Shows Businesses the Bottom Line

Italian Provincial Police Use New Platform to Protect the Environment

New Cloud E-book from Esri (15 page intro to cloud + already published case studies)

How Changes to the US Census 2010 Can Impact Users' Decisions

Map ACS Data in Esri Business Analyst Online and Community Analyst

ArcPad 10.0.2 Makes Fieldwork More Efficient

ArcGIS Online: What's New?

Portal for ArcGIS—New Software Product for Making Maps, Sharing, and Collaborating in a Secure Environment

ArcLogistics Update Gives Commercial/Professional Drivers a Break

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/20 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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