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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Korea Times has a feature on Yoon Jay-joon (Jay Yoon), CEO of Sundosoft, a large GIS player in the country. One of the graphics is of a box of ArcGIS 9. I guess 10 is not yet out there.

- Korea Times

Panasonic's new GPS enabled cameras may not work quite right in China. How and exactly why is not clear, but apparently geotagging is illegal in that country.

- GPS Tracklog

Mackenzie District Council in New Zealand is fight against bad GIS data.

"During the last revaluation, it was discovered the information we sent to our valuers was incorrect. This was due to multiple users creating different copies of the data, manipulating the information and treating it as correct," Mr Morris said.

"If council chose to do nothing, the GIS information will get progressively worse.

But the local government does not want to put a dedicated outside person in charge of cleaning up the data. Instead, it's looking into a shared position.


The Doolin Coast Guard team in Co Clare Ireland will be the only such unit in the country with a GIS. It'll be run on tablets to increase efficiency in response and planning.

The system also contains up to date information on the locations of caves, popular surfing spots and other areas where the team might be requested to respond to an incident.

It will also aid in incident planning as it contains information such as radio reception blackspots, access routes and helicopter landing sites.

- Clare Herald

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/08 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Danielle Feoranzo, a student at Westwood Regional High School in the Township of Washington, recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by painting a map of the United States on the playground at the Jessie F. George Elementary School. 

I've read lots of stories about maps being painted on playgrounds. What I like about this one is explained by the school pricipal:

"She facilitated a lesson for our fourth grade students that focused on the United States. Using the map, the students were able to move about the country while showcasing the content knowledge. It was a great experience for our students and a gift from Danielle that will last for many years to come."


A Clarkson University research team, led by Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Professors Pier Marzocca, Suresh Dhaniyala and Lin Tian, is readying its unmanned aerial vehicle, the Clarkson RAVEN (Research Aerial Vehicle for Experimental Needs), to acquire wind turbulence data.

- press release

The University of Redlands is pleased to announce the third cohort of faculty LENS (LEarNing Spatially) Fellows. Led by Dr. Diana Sinton, director of Spatial Curriculum and Research, LENS is a campus-wide initiative that promotes spatial literacy as a foundational component in curriculum, programs, and research. In the coming year, the LENS Fellows will work on curricular ideas around the theme of “Mapping Communities.”

The four university faculty members from different departments will participate in a summer institute on campus.

- press release

Fort Lee plans to become the first school system in the nation to use the MapEverywhere software, which provides detailed campus floor plans to emergency responders via a smart phone application that does not rely on Internet or Wi-Fi connections, officials said.

Maps of each school and information about explosive chemicals and potentially dangerous electrical wirings will be available on an application that police and other authorized personnel can upload during a hostage, fire or other crisis.

I don't like the idea that it must be downloaded WHEN an incident is found. Cost: $495/month.


Some advice from Brian Timoney to stduents:

PSA for GIS grads: the industry is already full-up with folks with no Python, no Javascript & marginal database skills
and here's one anwer to the next question
We're opening oportunities for MSc thesis students, internships and volunteers to participate in Charles Darwin Foundation Research Projects in the Galapagos Islands. We are looking for dynamic and high-skilled persons who would like to join an interdsiciplinary team to build up a GIS platform for our knowledge management system to support conservation and sustainability in Galapagos. Please consider to forward this opportunity to your contacts 

More Information:
Many expenses are covered by the interns, just so you know.
via Google+
by Adena Schutzberg on 02/08 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I learned about Rhiza Labs during the bird flu pandemic of 2009 (APB coverage). The company provided the backend mapping for a crowdsourced effort to gather infection and other data as the disease moved across the world and in the United States.

Last week I recieved an e-mail from the CEO explaining the core platoform, then called Rhiza Insight, has been updated and is now called Rhiza Upshot. The updates include presentation tools, more charts and graphs, mobile data collection (iOS and Android), collaboration tools and of course, mapping. The images had me thinking of Tableau Software.

Upshot can be used in the cloud or hosted locally. It can be licensed month to month or more like an acquisition. Pricing?

Starting at $100/mo per user, we’ll have you up and running in less than a week.

I believe that's the "hosted on your system" version.

Clients run the gammut from Pepsi to the Pittsburgh Public Schools, but the case studies/gallery page focuses on environmental/green issues and business ones.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/08 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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