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Friday, June 28, 2013

Ghana Gets an Addressing System and other Government GIS News

The birth of a postcode system in Ghana Urban GeoVizual Solutions (UGS), a new GIS and Urban Planning Consultancy based in Accra, is launching GhCode. GhCode is a postcode system, which has been developed to suit the uniqueness, form, dynamics and complexities of Ghana’s cities and towns. The inventor, Anthony Tuffour (CEO of UGS), is a GIS practitioner and Urban Planner with over 10 years experience.

It's one of those alphanumeric ones based on a grid, like NACGeo. A pilot has been launched in Accra, but there's no indication the government is on board. Most interesting? There are 23 comments on the story, many of which suggest the scheme is too complex for the public to use easily. We covered such codes in an article earlier this year.

- GhanaWeb

The Italian Municipality of Genoa has announced that it is to increase its use of free and open source software, hoping to save €100,000 a year according to a report on Italian news site Lettera 43.

Turns out the city has decided to move from a position where open source was to be considered on equal footing with proprietary software to one where open source is preferred. Among the projects to be potentially used: Gimp as an alternative to Photoshop, 7zip as an alternative to Winzip, and PDFCreator, for creating PDF files. Also mentioned are Zimbra, Quantum GIS, Kosmo, Postgres and PostGIS. 

- H Online

Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson today announced that 85 per cent of New Zealand’s most current publicly held aerial imagery data has been opened up for public re-use.

That's up from six percent at some point in the past.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/28 at 04:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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