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Monday, September 17, 2012

With the increased volume of imagery now available, and with the expectations of continued growth for earth observation image data, users are finding challenges for image management.

LizardTech, known for its image compression format, MrSID, has released Express Server 8, a delivery platform for large size image data. The new version will support Geospatial PDFs (Adode), GeoPDF (TerraGo) as well as JPEG 2000.

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by Joe Francica on 09/17 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Regular attendees to the Esri International User Conference might remember Richard Saul Wurman. He gave the keynote in 2010 (press release, APB coverage). It was about his project 19.20.21. I confess that I didn't quite follow his talk or his point. I do remember Jack Dangermond introducing Wurman as the individual who founded the TED Conferences. Wurman has created and now directs a new event, the WWW Conference. Esri is hosting the inaugural event this week in Redlands, Tues-Thurs Sept 18-20.

What makes this event different is that famous, artistic and otherwise intriquing people are paired up and presented with a question or topic for discussion. This year's class, which includes Yo-Yo Ma, Moshe Safdie, Matt Groening, Stephen Wolfram,  and Dangermond among others, is not getting paid to speak. Those in the audience pay $16,000 to watch and listen live, stay at the Mission Inn in Riverside and eat fancy food and drink. An iPad app with content and extras is planned for December. The 160 seats for sale in Esri's Conference Center (Building Q), auditorium have already been sold. 

Why Redlands? Geography matters! Wurman, a friend of Dangermond's, feels there will be no distractions. 

Only one journalist is covering the event, a reporter from the Financial Times of London Sunday arts section.

- Press Enterprise

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/17 at 03:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In August the chief editorial writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer challenged readers to suggest a way to remap Cuyahoga County. He noted the county now has 38 cities, 19 villages and two townships, an arragement far too complex to manage in the longtem. His solution had just 14 municipalities: Cleveland and 13 suburbs. Readers submitted nearly 4,000 maps. 

This is an interesting event because it really spurred the readers to engage via maps and comments, e-mails and voice mail. It's also intersting because "Rich Exner and Pete Zicari, ... -- created [a consensus map] by calculating the most common aggregations proposed." You can even see the "raw maps" that led to the consensus map.

- Cleveland.com

On September 18, thousands of people around the world will get their hands wet testing the condition of their local waterbodies in observance of World Water Monitoring Day. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) urge individuals and organizations worldwide to participate and help raise awareness of the importance of water quality.

While that "day" is Tuesday, the challenge and data collection take place between March 22 and Dec 31. This is a participation type of challenge, yet there is also a contest aspect to it. There is a map of data from the  current year (yes, it has room for improvement).

- press release via Very Spatial

Back in August, Azavea launched a mobile version of PhillyTreeMap (iTunes link), its tool to crowdsource tree locations in the city. The app was step up from the original web-based solution. And there's good news for tree mapping:

Funding won’t be an issue for Azavea’s tree software efforts, at least for another two years, according to Azavea CEO Robert Cheetham.  The GIS shop was just awarded a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue its tree-planting [???] work.

- Technically Philly

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/17 at 02:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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