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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Hims (Homs), Syria-February 25, 2012: This is a satellite image of the Baba Amr district of Hims (Homs), Syria where activity between the Free Syrian Army and the Syria military have been reported. Providing a virtual presence is what DigitalGlobe does best, by rapidly delivering shareable, high-resolution imagery of places like Syria that are unreachable by troops or first-responders on the ground. (credit: DigitalGlobe)

by Joe Francica on 03/01 at 04:30 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Yesterday, DigitalGlobe reported fourth quarter and full year earnings.  For the quarter, the company realized 17% revenue growth, year over year, and 5% revenue growth for 2011.

But the news that was on everyone's mind during the analyst's briefing was regarding the possible impact of any curtailment of the EnhancedView contract with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Jeffrey Tarr, CEO, stated, "We have not been notified of any cut to our program and we are not in any negotiation for a cut."

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by Joe Francica on 03/01 at 06:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The broadest single collection of historical maps from around the world is now available online.

The JISC-funded http://www.jisc.ac.uk/stylesandscripts_v5/images/externalLink.gif); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; background-position: 100% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; " title="(external site)">Old Maps Online, described by its creators as like Google for old maps,  will act as a central repository to a vast collection of maps held by institutions across the globe.  It is the first time that access to such an extensive collection has been made available online. ...

The site incorporates access to collections at the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Moravian Library in the Czech Republic and the prestigious David Rumsey Collection in California.  

Here's the "about" page. There's some interesting tech behind it, including some from Klokantech.

JISC (once  ‘Joint Information Systems Committee’) via InfoDocket (Thanks Gary!)

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/01 at 04:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Among the new data accessible through OpenDataPhilly: bike racks, census data, buildings on the Registry of Historic Places, impervious surfaces, and schools.

- Technically Philly

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for FedNor [regional development org in Ontario, Canada], chaired today the first meeting of an advisory panel of leading experts to provide the Government with advice and guidance on its Open Government activities.

Among the members: Alex Miller, President and Founder, ESRI Canada, Alex Howard of O'Reilly, and Vivek Kundra of Salesforce.com.'

- press release

GCN looks at the state of geoportal.gov and how EPA, NOAA and USDA are planning to use it.

- GCN

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/01 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Results indicate that tree cover in urban areas of the United States is declining at a rate of about four million trees per year, according to a U.S. Forest Service study of 20 U.S. cities published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Forest researchers David Nowak and Eric Greenfield of the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Research Station used satellite imagery to find that tree cover is decreasing at a rate of about 0.27 percent of land area per year in U.S. cities, which is equivalent to about 0.9 percent of existing urban tree cover being lost annually.

- Environmental Protection

Conservationists are using UAVs to gather data to protect land, plants and animals.

Using seed funding from the National Geographic Society, The Orangutan Conservancy, and the Denver Zoo, Lian Pin Koh, an ecologist at the ETH Zürich, and Serge Wich, a biologist at the University of Zürich and PanEco, have developed a conservation drone equipped with cameras, sensors and GPS. So far they have used the remote-controlled aircraft to map deforestation, count orangutans and other endangered species, and get a bird's eye view of hard-to-access forest areas in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

- MongoBay

Scientists from the University of Maryland and Beijing Normal University are partnering to track and predict the impact of climate change internationally. ...

At the University of Maryland today, officials from both institutions and representatives from the Chinese government officially launched the new Joint Center on Global Change and Earth System Science, which will conduct the research.

The key tool? A remote sensing database.

Creation of an international remote sensing database will be one of the new center's first projects, and the interdisciplinary work will take place in both countries. In addition to monitoring agriculture, it will also track land use and land cover.

- News Medical

The Department of Homeland Security plans to award up to $50 million in contracts for aerial remote sensing services to support incident management.

- GovConWire

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/01 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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