Internet Access Brings Better Mapping and Spatial Data to Kenya June 22,
2011, World Resources Institute
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first GIS-enabled information portal, June 23, 2011, The Daily News Egypt.com
I read your article about Universal geocoding.
I was wondering how this would apply to a deeply populated area with homes duplexes and High-rises. As you understand it, would there be a geocode for each address or living space or would it be a general geocode for the city block or building? What ever additional information you might have would greatly be
Forwarded to NAC Geographic Products for response:
Usually, a Universal Address contains the information of the horizontal
location only. For a building, it’s the location of the entrance. However,
as we discussed on http://nacgeo.com/nacsite/documents/postal.asp, for
simplifying automatic mail sorting purpose, it allows residents of a
building to add a third string to represent the room number, such as
NAC: 8CRB Q90H UNIT208
so that the OCR software can sort the mail into the final mail box. The
locally defined third string must contain vowel character(s) (A, E, I, O, U
or Y) to distinguish it from a standard altitude string which does not have
NAC Geographic Products Inc.
In response to media headlines about the presence of
pharmaceuticals in drinking water, professors from the University of
Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a
that allows Virginians to view estimated concentrations of various
prescription and generic drugs present in their local wastewater –
before it is treated and released to the environment. – from press release
According to Ph.D., P.E., LEED Green Associate, for each wastewater treatment plant, the address was obtained from a listing of treatment plants provided by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ). From that list, the latitude/longitude of each treatment plant was then determined.
When a user enters their zipcode, there is a default latitude/longitude for
that zipcode (as evidenced if you go to Google Maps and just enter a zip
code, it defaults to a certain point). From that specific zip code
latitude/longitude coordinate, the website then links to the wastewater
treatment plant that is closest.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency gets written up in the mainstream press for its role in the locating and killing of Osama bin Laden.
The Little Known Agency that Helped Kill bin Laden May 5, 2011, The Atlantic
“Invisible infrastructure is the most radical change.” – Steven Spielberg
Check this out:
The Boston Urban Mechanic Profiler (Street Bump) is the City of Boston’s newest mobile phone app designed to help Boston residents improve their neighborhoods. The prototype app was developed in partnership with Fabio Carrera, a local professor who has partnered with the City on a variety of projects focused on collecting and using data to improve City operations.
“Part of the ambition of Pachube is we’re coming to a situation where our environments will be extremely connected, we impinge upon each other, not just physically but digitally. This has a cultural aspect to it, but by providing a mechanism where you can decide to opt in, you don’t have to share all your data. But if there is a way to share your data, you can create something more valuable for the community as awhole.”
– Usman Haque of Haque Studio and CEO and founder of Pachube, a YouTube like product that allows you to “store, share & discover realtime sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices and buildings around the world” at sg2011.
When the Data Struts Its Stuff , The New York Times, April 2, 2011 (registration required)