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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Aviation Week is reporting that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) may be forced to renegotiate the EnhanceView contract with GeoEye and DigitalGlobe due to an expected $50 Million cut to the agency's 2012 fiscal year budget with the prospect of more cuts in fiscal 2013. The original EnhancedView contract was $7.3 billion over 10 years and was signed in 2010. The contract was roughly split between the two commercial satellite providers. According to a source cited by Aviation Week:

“You’re going to have to find a way to probably restructure the current service-level agreements with both companies if they’re going to take $50 million out,” says one geospatial-intelligence industry official familiar with EnhancedView. “Any reduction in the budget on the service-level agreement means you’re changing the scope of the contract and you have to renegotiate.”

Last week we reported that NGA was going to procure less imagery in 2013 but that Pentagon investments in new spacecraft would continue.

by Joe Francica on 02/02 at 11:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

From Fabio Pacifici, chair of the Data Fusion Technical Committee of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), comes word that the organization is hosting the 2012 IEEE GRSS Data Fusion Contest.

Mr. Pacifici writes:

This year the Contest is designed to investigate the potential of multi-modal/multi-temporal fusion of very high spatial resolution imagery. Three data sets of three different types (optical, SAR, and LIDAR) over downtown San Francisco are made freely available by DigitalGlobe, Astrium Services, and USGS. They will include very high spatial resolution QuickBird, WorldView-2, TerraSAR-X, and LIDAR imagery. Optical and SAR data sets will be composed of a total of eight images from two acquisition times in 2007 and 2011.

To enter the contest, participants are required to submit a manuscript on a research topic of their own choosing. Papers should describe in detail the problem addressed, the method used, and the final result.

Deadline: May 1, 2012.

The winning teams will be eligible to win up to $800 and an open access publication on an IEEE GRSS Journal ($3,000 value). More than 500 users from universities and corporations across the globe have registered in just over a month.

More information is available at the contest website

by Joe Francica on 02/02 at 06:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Why does Interstate 95 go in a straight line from Florida to Canton [MA], and then hooks around, and resumes a straight line from Peabody [MA] to Canada. And that’s Interstate 95.”

The answer is Mayor Kevin White of Boston, who died earlier this week. Rep. Barney Frank, asked the question above in his eulogy, covered by WBUR.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 06:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new website will allow internet users to determine their computer or electronic device’s internet speed and help the state map its broadband coverage as the Abercrombie Administration moves forward with its Hawai’i Broadband Initiative. Participants can take the test at hawaiispeedtest.net. The data collected will assist the state in identifying and closing gaps in service throughout Hawai’i.

I'm not sure why they are behind other states who started such efforts months/years ago.

- press release

The [NY] State Liquor Authority is getting ready to launch a new interactive map, plotting each and every bar licensed in the city as well as all pending applications and violations bars have logged.

The map — which cost $75,000 to create — aims to help residents and community boards keep track of local bars, clubs and lounges in their neighborhoods. The design comes amid growing complaints from residents who believe rowdy bars and noisy drinkers are taking over their block.

The maps will hopefully make the lives of the overworked SLA easier and give residents the information once only available with a formal request.

- DNA Info

Hennepin County, MN offers  the first update to its interactive property map in six years. It's based on new Esri software (old version was six years old) and has new data including links to surveyors’ maps, plat maps and survey certificates. Another big change - maps now fill more of the computer screen. The link takes you to the "old version" which has a link to the "new version." 

- Finance and Commerce

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 04:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A plane will be scanning the island to build a three-dimensional map that will allow the planning authority to monitor environmental changes over the years.

The photographic map will carry information such as on air and water quality and noise levels. All data will be available online for free, explained Saviour Formosa, who is heading an EU-funded environment project being carried out by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority.

I guess it's LiDAR + other sensors?

- Time of Malta

The Philippine government has made geo-hazard maps, which outline areas prone to natural disasters, publicly available in a bid to reduce vulnerability at community level. 

They are jpegs.

- IRIN Asia

February 1 is the cut-off for companies with onine mapping websites to have a license from the  State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. Google has applied for one, but does not yet have approval. That suggests its ok to keep running as is, but can't launch anything "new."

- China Daily

Google is guilty of abusing its dominant position with Google Maps per a court in France. It was ordered to pay  €500,000 in damages and interest to the plaintiff and a €15,000 euro fine against Bottin Cartographes. The company, until it was put out of business, offered online maps.

- GPS Biz News

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/02 at 04:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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