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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

Universal geocoding question

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I read your article about Universal geocoding.

Universal
Geocoding NAC Assigns Unique Codes to Every Location on Earth

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
appreciated.

Thank you
Ron

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
any vowel.

Best regards,
Xinhang Shen
NAC Geographic Products Inc.

New study to estimate concentrations of pharmaceuticals in drinking water

Friday, June 24th, 2011

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
website, “<http://faculty.virginia.edu/vpharmacalc/>V-PharmaCalc,”
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.

NGA noted as instrumental in finding Osama bin Laden

Friday, May 6th, 2011

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

Filters for the social web

Monday, April 25th, 2011

These days, very often citizen reporting of dramatic events is being relied upon from sources such as Twitter, blogs, and cell phone photos and reports. The amount of information can be daunting to those needing to report on events or assemble a big picture.

Storify, based in San Francisco, is one of several Web start-ups — including Storyful, Tumblr and Color — that are developing ways to help journalists and others sift through the explosion of online content and publish the most relevant information.

Filtering the Social Web to Present News Items April 25, 2011, The New York Times

Quote for the day

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“Invisible infrastructure is the most radical change.” – Steven Spielberg

Improve your Boston neighborhood with Street Bump

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

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.

Street Bump

Quote for the day

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

“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.

The visualization of data helps sell statistics

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

When the Data Struts Its Stuff , The New York Times, April 2, 2011 (registration required)

West Virginia University mapping study of soil’s ability to trap radiation

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

“A research center at West Virginia University is providing important information on the ability of soil to mitigate nuclear contamination.

The Morgantown school’s Geospatial Research Unit is examining the soils of Pacific Coast states to determine their ability to trap airborne radiation in the event that it drifts from Japan to the U.S. They also are determining locations of soils that can transfer trapped radioactivity into vegetation.”

WVU mapping soils’ ability to absorb radiation March 23, 2011, Charleston Daily Mail

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