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Archive for September, 2009

TopoOSM Colorado

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Topo map of Colorado based on OpenStreetMap and USGS data

Municipal GIS Desktop Browser for Cities and Towns

Monday, September 28th, 2009

“Municipal GIS Desktop Browser for Cities and Towns 2.12 brings a powerful, perfect and popular Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) mapping application designed just for city, town, and county offices. Create your own maps and add your own data. Then browse the map or search for properties by Owner, Address or Parcel ID. View detailed information and building photos for each parcel via a database link.”

Nigeria gets GIS-based certificate of occupancy for landowners

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Hernando De Soto, Peruvian economist, gave a moving commentary at ESRI UC this year on “Mapping the Invisible,” based on his idea of building cadastral systems in the developing world. He has written a book entitled The Mystery of Capital, which holds to the premise that countries that don’t have land cadastre are poor.

“We are trying to help countries participate in the global economy, and the starting point is property,” claimed De Soto. Two-thirds of the world doesn’t have property law.

So it was with great interest that I noticed this morning’s article by journalist Akinpelu Dada, in Punch, a Nigerian newspaper on the web, that the “Ogun State Government has introduced Geographic Information System-based certificate of occupancy for landowners seeking new titles and for re-certification of existing landed assets in the state.

Developed by the Bureau of Lands and Survey, the agency in charge of land matters in the state, the new GIS-based C-of-O, was approved by the state executive council on September 23.”

Beta release of Gaia 3.4 for Mono – free platform

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
The Carbon Project has announced the release of a beta of Gaia 3.4 for Mono, a free geospatial network platform created for the support of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) users.
The Mono Project is an open source framework which was used to develop the software. Hence, Gaia can be used on any Linux or Mac desktop.
Gaia 3.4 offers “synergy” between Microsoft Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, OpenStreetMap, ESRI ArcGIS Server, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) KML, GML, GMLsf, WMS, WMTS, WFS, Filters, WCS, ESRI Shape, Autodesk  and MapInfo formats, plus others.

GIS states app for iPhone/iPod platform

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Integrity Logic has been busy lately – they have now released Geology WA covering the state of Washington and Oregon. The release “focuses on the physical geography and geology of the Pacific Northwest states, and contains 25 layers of information, which can be superimposed, mixed and rearranged in any desired combination.”

The company also released for the state of Arizona, Geology AZ, a GIS with 23 layers of information focusing on the physical geography and geology of Arizona.

The company also has GIS coverage for the following states:

Geology CA, Geology TX, Geology NY and Geology FL.

Government taps private sector GIS database

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

“Rextag Strategies’ industry-leading GIS databases have won an open-bid contract from the US Department of the Interior. Rextag’s GIS data, used extensively throughout the private sector, has demonstrated itself a surpassingly valuable asset to government as well.”

” Rextag was awarded the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs contract for its Oil & Gas Pipeline GIS and Renewable Energy GIS Data.”
– Business Wire, Sept. 22, 2009

Biggest challenge to GIS implementation is time

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

“Data managers at last weeks’ GIS Broadband Workshop in Denver talked about obstacles they’ve had to overcome in implementing geographic information systems (GIS) at their MSOs. One of the biggest challenges has simply been the element of time. It takes a few years to update a large operator’s subscriber databank with GIS data.”

-Communications Technology

View federal stimulus spending by state and recipient

Thursday, September 17th, 2009, a site created to track the flow of federal stimulus funds, features several interactive maps that show spending by state and by recipient.

74% government data is location-based

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

In an article in Government Technology by editor Todd Newcombe he pointed out that during the first day of the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C. the discussions of a future of opening up government data to improve democracy and citizen engagement would mean that GIS would be a clear winner.

The reason for this is that 74 percent of government data is location-based, according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s Federal Enterprise Architecture framework. State and local figures are higher than that, closer to 80 percent.

Coming up: the Open Government Directive from the Obama administration will require federal agencies to set standards for providing data in machine-readable formats to the public.

Homicide map piques interest among geologists

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Sept. 8, 2009) a map of recent homicides that have occurred in the city was published. The map shows geographic trends in homicides across the city by cause, race and gender. Other maps for different types of crime are being created to be shared with the public. Interestingly, a post on said the maps are “relatively easy to make” and could be a “good communication tool for sharing the location of geologic hazards with the public – if you have a latitude/longitude database of incidences.”

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