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Crowdsourcing, or, 200,000 heads are better than one

Monday, October 24th, 2011

A think tank is usually comprised of a group of people hand selected to solve a particular problem or to do research on a problem. We don’t usually open up the think tank to just anyone.

Crowdsourcing opens up a question or inquiry or research to everyone, or perhaps to a select special interest group, those who can offer authoritative data. People are drawn to contribute knowledge – whether it be of the pothole status in a given neighborhood, crime rates, weather patterns, or crisis intervention. This knowledge has very often not had a home in the past because there was nowhere to put it, or it might have to be vetted first (made into authoritative geodata) before being committed to the total database of knowledge on the given subject.


Mapping and data analysis for both GIS pros and beginners

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

In a recent interview with Philip O’Doherty, CEO eSpatial, he talked about the company’s OnDemand GIS and its ability to provide services to the entire Geospatial and GIS industry – from GIS experts to complete beginners.

Actual Revenue - January, 2011


Welcome to the GISCafe Voice

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Welcome to our new offering, the  GISCafe Voice. This is a new editorial blog-type content that will provide more timely coverage of breaking news to be posted two-three times per week. The articles will provide rich editorial content on topics important to GIS and geospatial professionals, including conference coverage, coverage of geospatial being used in emergency response and disaster recovery, and new products and trends that shape the industry.

Why the GISCafe Voice at this time?

We’re noticing that as geospatial information and geographic information systems become more pervasive, they are becoming critical in more industries than ever before. They are a part of the defense military and homeland security departments, tracking and identification of weather systems such as hurricanes , tsunamis, floods and earthquakes. Organizations without large GIS departments still need access to GIS information which is possible now with technologies that allow individuals to view, markup and access GIS information on the internet or in the cloud. Crowdsourcing has added another dimension to GIS and geospatial, opening up the technology to anyone who wants to contribute current information about an event, community or disaster.


Real Time Access with Accela Analytics

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The upcoming version of Accela Analytics government application for the iPad was right on target with the current discussion at Esri User Conference 2011 this year. Although it is not news that GIS maps are now available on all types of devices, Accela offers the next step with analytics for business analysis and management with Accela Analytics. “We are really empowering government workers, decision makers and team leaders so they can have access to data wherever they are,” said public relations director, Paul Davis. “With the forthcoming version of Accela Analytics we have put all those Esri overlay maps in.”

Accela Analytics for the iPad


Accela Mobile 311™ is a native iPhone/iPad app that enables citizens to request services or report incidents to local government, from wherever they are. It connects directly to an agency’s Accela Automation system and routes requests to the appropriate responders. Accela Mobile 311 is available directly from Accela for local governments to brand with their name/logo and offer to their citizens via Apple’s App Store.


GeoEye and TerraGo Team Up to Offer Spatial Imagery on the Go

Monday, October 10th, 2011

According to Frost & Sullivan analyst Daniel Longfield: “The explosion in the collection of advanced imagery and other spatial data and its consumption by non-GIS experts necessitates solutions to make data-rich intelligence more conveniently available and actionable by the broader enterprise and in the field.”


Connecting Mobile to the Office

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

GIS4Mobile, demonstrated by Ove Lindholt Hansen and Nikolaj Moller Nielsen of Denmark, focuses on the concept of connecting a mobile device to the office.

With this application “the very minute you have information in the field it is available in the office,” said Hansen, emphasizing how important it is to have an online connection.


TerraGo Version 6 Allows Sharing and Updates

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

A significant technology and release cycle characterize the latest 6.0 release of TerraGo. According to CEO Rick Cobb, the company has released the first version of their TerraGo SDK – a modular functionality that you can use through a service, a rapid dynamic link library. “Every major function we perform can be plugged into someone else’s app, into the cloud or some other server based app,” said Cobb. “The SDK is being deployed by GeoEye this summer so when someone goes to the GeoEye iCloud services based platform they will be able to use TerraGo to make collaborative GeoPDF images.”

TerraGo booth at Esri UC Conference 2011 in San Diego


Autodesk’s New Infrastructure Portfolio Additions

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Autodesk announced recently their Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2012 software for conceptual design and AutoCAD Utility Design 2012 software for electric utility design, two new additions to the Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure portfolio for planning, designing, building, and managing more sustainable infrastructure. These new products complement the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2012, and are designed to help professionals address the failing infrastructure crisis.


GIS Without the Map

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Lamont Norman, global product manager – OnDemand, Geocoding & Risk Data of Pitney Bowes Insight, jokingly said that they “do GIS to people and they don’t know it,” in other words, they provide GIS without the map. This is common in the world of risk management, where what is important is a geocode of an address.


Leaf peepers take note: Track the link between changing leaf color and climate change

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Citizens can help track climate change by noting the timing of aspen leaf changes and other plant and animal species and logging onto the USA National Phenology Network and recording their findings.

Go to USA National Phenology Network and click on “Nature’s Notebook”

Phenology is the study of the seasonal life-cycle events in plants and animals. Phenology has been shown to be a key indicator of climate change. Data collected is used to track how climate change impacts forests, through fire, insects and disease.

reason to view the aspens:
Santa Fe New Mexican, Monday, October 3, 2011

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