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GISCafe to exhibit at Intergeo, Berlin

Monday, September 15th, 2014

GISCafe.Com is exhibiting at the Intergeo 2014 conference in Germany on October 7-9. We are recording video interviews at our booth at the conference. Any conference attendee or exhibitor can book a time slot for an interview. Each interview is typically 3 – 10 minute long.

We are also doing a KindleFire Sweepstakes at the conference. The drawing will be on October 9th.

Contact Sanjay Gangal if you are interested in booking a 15-minute time slot for an interview. You can see past interviews here.

To add a little fun to the conference, we are asking the conference attendees to share a joke in front of the video camera. The best jokes will be edited together in a video montage. The jokes have to be clean and funny.

Here is one of the interviews we recorded last year which has received more than 2,000 views:


Penn State Starting a MOOC on Coursera – “Geodesign: Change Your World”

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Article source: Coursera

What happens when creativity and science come together? The power to design our world is unleashed, providing tools to inform choices about how we live! Geodesign is the glue—it’s a process that deploys creativity to connect information to people, using collaboration to better inform how we design our world.

You can register for the course at


GISCafe Call for Bloggers – Extend Your Reach and Exposure!

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Do you have something to share with the GIS community, such as opinions, thought-provoking topics, or commentary?, the leading GIS web portal is seeking the following types of blogging contributor categories:

  • Industry Expert/Consultant Blog
    • Provide thought leadership, industry expertise
    • Benefit by promoting yourself and your expertise
    • No cost involved if the article is not promotional in nature
  • Guest Blog
    • Tied to an existing blog on GISCafe
    • Write one blog post or post periodically
    • No cost involved if the article is not promotional in nature
  • Custom Blog
    • Will have a unique name and identity
    • Produce at least one blog post per month
    • No cost involved if the articles are not promotional in nature
  • Custom Corporate Blog
    • Industry-leading companies, such as software and hardware vendors, service bureaus, etc.
    • Multiple logins for publishing blog entries from multiple authors
    • Cost is $700/month or $6,000/year.

GISCafe has 75,000 unique visitors per month; as well as 40,000 subscribers to our daily newsletter and GIS Weekly. Translation: People like to spend time at GISCafe.


Collecting Oceans Of Data – Problem Or Opportunity?

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Sensor, packet, video and signal data is not only all-digital and collected around the clock but it is also scaling up in size and resolution. The resulting massive surge in storage required to save it all is either a problem for your organization – or a major opportunity.

Plotting geophysical trends, tracking industrial changes or monitoring surveillance imagery requires both broad area spectral analysis and high resolution digital images. Ideally, you can combine multiple inputs for richer analysis to help make the most informed decision as close to real-time as you can get.


Apple Granted a GPS Patent to Locate Parked Vehicles

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
United States Patent Application 20140028477
Kind Code A1
Michalske; Steven C. January 30, 2014


Techniques are provided for locating a parked vehicle using a mobile device. In one embodiment, the mobile device may automatically detect when a moving vehicle is being parked and save its GPS location at that point at the location of the parked vehicle. The mobile device may later output the saved location of the parked vehicle when a user, such as the driver of the parked vehicle, requests the information. In some embodiments, the mobile device may communicate with the vehicle in order to determine when the vehicle is being parked.

Inventors: Michalske; Steven C.(Sunnyvale, CA)
Name City State Country Type
Michalske; Steven C. Sunnyvale CA US
Assignee: APPLE INC.
Appl. No.: 13/556985
Filed: July 24, 2012

Current U.S. Class: 340/990 ; 340/989
Class at Publication: 340/990 ; 340/989
International Class: G08G 1/123 20060101 G08G001/123



Imaging Technology Comes to Emerging Economy

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Mexican university’s surveying department develops national education standards, gains acceptance of scanning

By Don Talend

The state of Nuevo León in northeastern Mexico is where technological progress and the preservation of historic architecture meet, if we are to judge by the recent imaging of a historic museum building with a high-speed laser scanner.

Starting in January 2013, the Civil Engineering Institute’s Department of Surveying at the University of Nuevo León scanned the exterior of the Regional Museum of the Bishopric—previously a palace for the bishop of the state of Nuevo León. Originally built by order of the Franciscan Bishop Fray Rafael Jose Verger in 1787, it was converted into a history museum in 1956. By the end of the year, the department was expected to scan the interior of the building, according to Angel Ervey Martínez, the department chair.


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