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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.

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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.

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

Smart Collar measures how animals move and eat

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The “smart collar” — in development in academia and intended for commercial production in the next few years, use a combination of global positioning technology and accelerometers for measuring an animal’s metabolic inner life in leaping, running or sleeping.

The smart collar measures how animals move and eat and live their lives — and could fundamentally transform how wild populations are managed, and imagined, biologists and wildlife managers say.

‘Smart Collar’ in the Works to Manage Wildlife Better August 29, 2011, The New York Times (registration required)

Mapping out Cuba a labor of love for one Cuban American cartographer

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Juan Jose Valdes, project manager of the National Geographic Society’s first major rendering of Cuba since 1906, says that “To a Cuban, there’s nothing more iconic than a map of the island.”

Two new provinces have been added to the 3×2 foot wall map, which took six months to create. Valdes was moved from Cuba as a boy several months after the Bay of Pigs invasion.

 

National
Geographic’s map of Cuba is labor of love for Cuban American mapmaker
Wall Street Journal

Everyblock offers neighborhood news

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

EveryBlock is a new news data site to follow neighborhood news and connect with your neighbors in 16 U.S. cities.

News included can come from data such as public records like crime reports, to neighbor discussions, to photos people have taken in your neighborhood.

http://www.everyblock.com/

The Vast Reach of the European Environment Agency

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Since Jacqueline McGlade of the European Environment Agency was a keynote speaker at Esri this week, I bring back this article on the agency from GISWeekly:

The
Vast Reach of the European Environment Agency, GISWeekly, June 20, 2011

Greater Accuracy in Landfire Mapping Helps Battle Summer Blazes

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

National Lab and surrounding communities, not to mention severe devastation to the forest. Another 10,000-acre Pacheco Canyon fire threatens our Ski Basin and Pecos Wilderness 9 miles from downtown Santa Fe.


Slope maps provide ready-to-use visual representations for terrain evaluations.


Here in New Mexico, we have a potentially 100,000-acre fire threatening Los Alamos

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Fire evacuees can use aerial technology system for up-to-date view of their homes

Friday, July 1st, 2011

­Los Alamos National Laboratory and a New Mexico aerial technology firm on Thursday deployed a cutting-edge surveillance system­normally used to help U.S. conventional military forces in combat ­for a peaceful purpose: helping Las Conchas fire evacuees see an up-to-date view of their homes.

A higher resolution version of the system, known as Angel Fire, was developed by LANL and the Air Force Research Laboratory for the Department of Defense. It’s described as a surveillance camera for a city-sized area, complete with instant replay and the ability to zoom in to see, for example, someone planting an improvised explosive device.

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Better mapping and spatial data come to Kenya

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Improved
Internet Access Brings Better Mapping and Spatial Data to Kenya
June 22,
2011, World Resources Institute

GIS-enabled information portal a first for Egypt

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Egypt’s
first GIS-enabled information portal
, June 23, 2011, The Daily News Egypt.com

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Teledyne Optech
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