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Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania Awarded $2.7 million (USD)

Friday, January 29th, 2010

“By using geospatial technologies and the Internet, local communities will be able to interact directly with the global carbon marketplace and demonstrate unequivocally the concrete benefits of their efforts to protect the forest,” said Dr. Lilian Pintea, director of conservation science at the Jane Goodall Institute. “As a result, local information will directly inform and influence national and global decisions regarding climate change.”

Spreading the gospel of mapping technology

Friday, January 29th, 2010

ESRI and GIS Development stated that they would hold “Geospatial Technology Update” seminars in Manila, as well as in Jakarta, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; starting in January 2010. They are embarking on these seminars to address the challenges that mapping agencies in Southeast Asia are facing. The free seminars will outline technology trends in geospatial and give advice on how to take advantage of Web 2.0 technology, the integration of topographic and remotely sensed data, and publish data via the cloud.

Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation

Jumptap announcement for today’s new Apple Tablet

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

“CAMBRIDGE, MA — JANUARY 27, 2010 — Jumptap, the leading mobile advertising solutions provider, today announced the industry’s first integrated mobile advertising solution for the new Apple tablet.  Brand and performance advertisers, publishers, and application developers now have a mobile ad solution that works across multiple devices regardless of form factor – maximizing ROI, reach, and relevancy. Jumptap’s new ad solution provides advertisers with a powerful new marketing channel, the new Apple tablet, which is expected to reach nearly 10 million consumers in 2010 (source: Gizmodo, Dec., 2009).”

Undersea faults make quakes tough to study

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Undersea Faults Make Caribbean Quakes Hard to Study
According to geoscientists Michele Cooke, a challenge in assessing Caribbean earthquake hazards is that most of the tectonic plate is below sea level and “we can only access the active faults where they are exposed on the islands.”
—University of Massachusetts Amherst

News Bytes

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

“An investigation into whether more than 39 Bettendorf voters were assigned to the wrong ward or legislative district turned up more than 300 Scott County voters casting ballots in the wrong elections.”

January 3, 2010, Kurt Allemeier, QC Times

“BANGALORE: The mash-up story is an old but compelling one, particularly when used for advocacy as in Tunisia where exile Sami Ben Gharbiais used a GoogleMaps mash-up to paint a different kind of landscape.

So random net surfers were startled to find the Tunisian map dotted with a string of prisoner’s names, their biographies, and videos of their family members telling the story of the human rights situation in the country.”

“Drawing Maps for Change,” by Deepa Kurup, The Hindu, January 3, 2010

GIS mapping technology is helping underprivileged communities get better services — from education and transportation to health care and law enforcement — by showing exactly what discrimination looks like.

“The Revolution will be Mapped” Public Intelligence Blog, Bob Burtman

Eyes in the Sky II seeks high school teachers

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Eyes in the Sky II is a long-term professional development program that prepares high school science teachers to use NASA data and visualizations along with other geospatial information technologies.

More Haiti geospatial resources

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Satellite Imagery

GeoEye Imagery of Haiti Earthquake

DigitalGlobe Haiti Crisis Event Coverage

DigitalGlobe is now offering full resolution GeoTIFF imagery over Haiti free.

RapidEye has completed imaging of all of the regions in Haiti that have been most affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the area on January 12.

RADARSAT-2 space-based imagery is being used to assess damage and direct relief efforts to the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince from the January 12, 2010



FortiusOne has created a news dashboard with the latest volunteered and official source data.

Google Maps

DeLorme has developed a free GPS-accurate dataset to assist in the Haitian relief efforts.
The company was contacted by numerous aid groups following the earthquake. A team of employees worked through the past weekend preparing a custom dataset utilizing the GPS-accurate DeLorme World Base Map along with aerial imagery, all of which can be displayed within the company’s XMap software and on Earthmate PN-Series handheld GPS units.


OSM and MapMaker data discussion, CrisisCamp Haiti discussion



Web Services
ERDAS has updated their Online Web Services to incorporate the GeoEye imagery collected January 13, 2010 (made available for free download). Users can also access the image in ECWP in ArcMap, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, many other thick client packages and web clients by downloading the ECW Plug-in freely available for download on the ERDAS website

Salient comment

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

“The problem with data is there is more of it coming from more sources. Organizations have to do more with it to make their whole organization run more efficiently.”

–Dale Lutz and Don Murray, Safe Software

Houston finds a way to consolidate GIS data from city agencies

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

A shining example of collaboration comes from Max Samfield, deputy director of the Houston Planning and Development Department, who chose a hybrid approach that requires city agencies to add basic data to a new enterprise GIS, but lets them choose whether to publish more specialized data to the system.

The goal was to “create a repository of newly accurate GIS data delivered to end-users from a central server farm. Agencies then use that scrubbed enterprise GIS data as a foundation on which to build more layers of data using their own specialized information.”

Government Technology, January 6, 2010

OpenStreetMap has global implications

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

“A volunteer-led project to create an open-source map of the entire earth, calledOpenStreetMap, has amassed over 200,000 contributors since its inception, the founder announced in a blog entry.”

-PC World

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