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American Samoan GIS resources

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Here is a collection of resources for GIS data on American Samoa, the area hit by tsunami last week. GISCorps’ Shoreh Elhami said that as of yet, they have not received any requests for volunteers.

Fagatelle Bay National Marine Sanctuary
http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/djl/samoa/

GIS / Vector Data of Samoa from EastView Cartographics: http://www.cartographic.com/xq/asp/samoa/gis/data/navmode.r/rid.224/tid.8/sid.0/cid.0/vid.0/oid.0/qx/hub/index.asp

Pacific Disaster Center: http://www.pdc.org/pdf/factsheets/American_Samoa.pdf

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management for American Samoa: http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/mystate/american_samoa.html

American Samoa Historic Preservation Office, Geography of American Samoa http://www.ashpo.org/geography.htm

Paper by Dawn Wright GIS Coordination at America’s Remotest National Marine Sanctuary (American Samoa)*

* portions of this chapter will be reprinted in the forthcoming ESRI Press book, Undersea With GIS, due out in the fall of 2001.

http://proceedings.esri.com/library/userconf/proc01/professional/papers/pap140/p140.htm

New schedule for GISWeekly

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

GISWeekly will launch on the 12th and 26th of October. In subsequent months, the publication will offer two issues per month instead of four.

Because there is so much GIS news, readers are encouraged to also check the blogs, news offerings and other content on GISCafe for additional up-to-date coverage.

Autodesk takes ebayer to court…again

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

One would think that a large software company such as Autodesk would have more to do than to ferret out eBay sellers who are selling their software. But that obviously is not the case:

“The case of Timothy Vernor, the man Autodesk tried to stop selling their software on eBay, has had another day in court.

Vernor is a full-time eBay seller, usually of comic books. But in 2005 he found a copy of AutoCAD design software at a garage sale – software which usually sells for about $4,000.

Shortly after he put the CD on eBay the auction house received a lawyer’s letter from Autodesk alleging infringements of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. eBay pulled the auction but Vernor complained and eBay, and Autodesk, eventually backed down.

But when Vernor chanced upon some more Autodesk CDs, apparently at another garage sale, they again hit him with DMCA notices.”

-Channel Register, Oct. 1, 2009, UK

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/10/01/ebay_autodesk_vernor/

GIS system comes to Azerbaijan tourism

Friday, October 2nd, 2009


In 2010 Azerbaijan to introduce GIS system in tourism, September 30, 2009, Trend

TopoOSM Colorado

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Topo map of Colorado based on OpenStreetMap and USGS data

http://toposm.com/co/

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.”

http://babysofts.com/municipal-gis-desktop-browser-for-cities-and-towns-212/

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

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