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New American FactFinder from U.S. Census makes 2010 Census data easier to access

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

A new American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau is said to make online access to 2010 Census data — and many more statistics — easier than ever.

According to press materials, “The new American FactFinder offers a fresh look, new tools and easier access to a wide range of Census Bureau statistics. Online today, you will find population estimates for 2008 and earlier years and findings from the 2000 Census. When fully implemented, the new FactFinder is projected to have about 250 billion data cells in more than 40,000 tables. “

Number of global users of telematics smartphone apps on the rise

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

ABI Research forecasts that the number of global users of telematics smartphone applications will increase from 3.2 million in 2011 to 129 million in 2016, with North America as the dominant region.

-ABI Research

Latest updates of Queensland flooding on radar

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Radar of worst flooding areas in Queensland, The Weather Channel

Philippines Yellow Pages offers GIS to advertisers

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The Directories Philippines Corporation (DPC) Yellow Pages (YP) links consumers to the best foreign and local enterprises (through the print directory and its online version at www.eyp.ph), according to press materials.

A free call center service, the YP Assist, is offered to advertisers with every minimum advertising placement. Other value-added services that DPC Yellow Pages are offering its advertisers for free include DPC Geographical Information System (GIS).

The DPC GIS is a mapping software that combines business and market information with the Philippine map and the latest data from the National Statistics Office.

Safe Software’s FME 2011 release offers point cloud support and more.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

One of the main enhancements of Safe Software’s FME 2011 release (released today) is new functionality for manipulating point cloud data. Many people must deal with lidar point cloud data as part of their daily work, and they don’t know how to manage it. It’s awkward to deal with because it’s in huge data volumes.

 

Other features of the new release: during the authoring phase users can inspect the data. Historically you had to wait for the authoring to be over and then you could look at all the data at various stages. Now the whole authoring stage is interactive so now rather than make it batch as it was before, when authoring workbench scripts you can stop the transformation process to examine the current state of the data.

 

There is also new database support, and the ability to inspect point clouds.

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“No matter what the data interoperability challenge, FME 2011 delivers extraordinary new data transformation powers to help users unleash their inner Spatial Superhero.”

Free ArcGIS for Windows Phone app available

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The excitement this past week at CES about all the different phones and apps that would be available, with 4G and other functionality, extends to GIS with the announcement of the free ArcGIS for Windows Phone app.

According to a press release issued recently, Microsoft Windows Phone users can access sophisticated mapping capabilities on their phone with the ArcGIS for Windows Phone app. “ArcGIS for Windows Phone lets you find, use, and share maps as well as deploy GIS data and functionality on Windows Phone devices. The free app is now available and can be downloaded directly from the Windows Marketplace.

ArcGIS for Windows Phone serves as a mobile gateway into the ArcGIS system to:

  • Explore and navigate maps.
  • Find places and addresses.
  • Query map layers and data.
  • Collect, edit, and update features and attribute information while performing field data collection and inspection projects. “

Local GIS news

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Some local GIS tidbits from the past week:

Cobb DOT Launches Road-Closing Web Tool January 10, 2011, SmyrnaVinings Patch

Getmapping Launch ‘WFS’ – Web Feature Service for OS MasterMap® January 10, 2011, Realwire

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Begins Transition Out of Bethesda This Month Bethesda Patch

Global GIS news

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

What’s going on in GIS around the world? Take a peek at this week’s news items:

Esri Ireland GIS solutions recognized at 2010 chambers ireland awards New Design World Press Center

System to make transactions with Mandaue City easier January 10, 2011, Global Nation Inquirer

Australia.. Navico cartography toolkit for third-party developers BYM Product & Industry News

Costa Rica Surf School “Making a Difference” Through Action January 9, 2011, PR Leap

ArcGIS API for Apple iOS platform released

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Developers can now build and deploy custom iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad applications with Esri’s recently released ArcGIS API for the Apple iOS platform. According to press materials, “This API uses the powerful mapping, geocoding, geoprocessing, and editing capabilities that ArcGIS Server provides.”image001

 

Students and faculty at the University of Oregon use the ArcGIS API for iOS.

Self-taught app developer wins prize for iPhone app design

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Twenty-three year old Tyler White of Santa Fe, NM won the $10,000 top prize in an international program design contest for iPhone and iPad applications this summer. The iPad app integrates Flickr photos with an interactive satellite map. Basically it is based on Google maps using Flickr photos. About 15,000 users have purchased the Flickr Photo Map from the Apple iTunes Store to date.

In our town, this is a local-boy-make-good story, especially as White is an unemployed college dropout – or was before he began to build apps. He is now making a living off the sales of three Apple iPhone and iPad apps that he designed, one of which was the prize winner.

This type of entrepreneurship is not new – Apple founder Steve Jobs, founder of Dell, Michael Dell, Oracle’s Larry Ellison, all went to founding their own companies without passing through the hallowed gates of college.

To support this type of innovator, Peter Thiel, PayPal cofounder and Facebook backer, established a foundation to administer grants to people under 20 “to further their innovative scientific and technical ideas.” Those awarded grants would not be able to go to school during the two years of their grant fellowship. There are 20 $100,000 grants available.

This offer caused great dissent in the press and among politicians, but on the other hand, with the rising costs of a college education, who is to say this is not a viable option for those talented in this direction?

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