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Global geospatial news

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Central Pollution Control Board solicited help from the Indian Space Research Organization to create a GIS in order to address pollution monitoring.


ISRO’s help sought for preparing environmental database October 27, 2010, ThaiIndianNews

The GIS will guide investors to identify locations for investments.

Gujarat govt launches investor facilitation and support tools   November 08, 2010, IndiaInfoLine

Local geospatial news

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Brilliant use of GIS to show impacts of discrimination, disinvestment & sprawl October 27, 2010, NRDC Switchboard


JCJC forestry students get technology lesson October 28, 2010, Hattiesburg


Apple’s real estate, data center plans grow October 27, 2010, MacWorld

Caxton launches independent research unit Biz, October 27, 2010


News.Lake County GIS Department seeks help to fund aerial photography, October 21, 2010 The News-Herald


Google Claims U.S. Excluded It From Contract The New York Times November 2, 2010


Do Believe the Hype OpEd by Thomas Friedman, November 2, 2010, The New York Times



Geo-enabled browsers predicted to take world by storm

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

ABI Research has come out with their “Location-Enabled Services” study that covers geo-enabled browsers, location-based social networking and micro-blogging, messaging and calendar applications, and location-based advertising.

According to their press release, “Location-Enabled Services (LES) such as location-based social networking (Facebook Places), micro-blogging (Twitter), messaging, calendars, advertising, and geo-browsers (Apple Safari, Google Chrome) are set for strong growth driven by standards such as the W3C’s geo-location API. ABI Research forecasts that 1.7 billion geo-enabled browsers will be in use worldwide by 2016.”

“The location industry is entering a new era. Instead of offering separate applications providing specific stand-alone LBS services, location is increasingly positioned as an enabler of existing mobile services.,” Telematics & Navigation practice director Dominique Bonte said. “The transparent use of location results in new business and indirect monetization models, web/widget and open source development environments, changing value and supply chains, the adoption of alternative positioning technologies, new content sourcing paradigms, and innovative interfaces (Augmented Reality).”
Privacy is a big issue for the LES space, according to ABI. Vendors are concerned about how location data will be used – even if users can delete their location history, companies that mine data may be able to still store, analyze and use this location data for advertising purposes. There is also the concern that it could get into the hands of those with unauthorized access, in much the same way spammers gain access to email addresses and other personal information.

3D printed street maps for the blind

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

From Lulu-Ann, HaptoRender is working on a renderer that uses OpenStreetMap data to make tactile maps that the blind and visually impaired can use to navigate cities by feel. Made of copper sheet, the 3D printouts would focus on small areas of a city.

HaptoRender Project to create 3D street maps for the blind Shapeways blog

Google sues Interior Department

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

An article in this morning’s New York Times reports that Google is suing the Department of Interior for violating the Competition in Contracting Act by considering only Microsoft email and collaboration software products for its 88,000 employees, and not Google Apps.

with a suit filed Friday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Google is attempting to block the department from buying any of the Microsoft software until it allows competitive bidding. Google Apps are cloud-based tools. In July, the company came out with Google Apps for government, which passed federal security standards.

Google Claims U.S. Excluded It From Contract The New York Times November 2, 2010

Local GIS news

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

TFCC Partners with ZOS Communications to Offer Location-Based Notification Technology i-Newswire, October 22, 2010


New system helps students feel connected to park October 22, 2010, Winnifred Free Press


Clark County’s plats go online October 22, 2010, News and

 FTC ends Google Street View probe without fines Cnet News





Global GIS news

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Geographic info system for Tiruchi  October, 24, 2010, The Hindu


Laku lowers cost and raise efficiency October 23, 2010, Borneo Post Online

China’s Mapping Bureau Launches Online Map Service October 22, 2010, Marbridge Consulting 

Mormon Church shares shapefiles with county

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) will now provide Davis County, Utah, with information on the properties the church owns in the county. It will then be stored in the county’s GIS database to help with sheltering evacuees during disasters, processing disaster claims and applying for public assistance.

The church agreed to provide the county the shape files for its parcels. County officials may use this data to contact church-owned facilities that may be used as shelters during emergencies.


Davis County, Utah, Agrees to Share GIS Data With Mormon Church Government Technology

“Big Island” GIS mapping and analysis tool to pinpoint landslide hazards

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Developing digital maps highlighting potential landslide hazards on the Big Island is a high priority, to be addressed now by a $60,000 pilot project from FEMA. UH Manoa’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Peter Nicholson will partner with the County of Hawaii Office of Civil Defense and the State Hazards Mitigation Forum to develop a GIS-based mapping and analysis tool.


-          Project to identify landslide hazards on the Big Island, Hawaii News Now

GIS bits & bytes

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Introducing “The Power of GIS” from the IAFC in conjunction with the U.S. Fire Administration. The video offers a quick 10-minute view of understanding GIS, geared for fire chiefs and other decision makers.


- IAFC Offers GIS Tutorial Video, Fire Chief


Options available for newsrooms who want to incorporate GIS into their workflows.


- Four desktop GIS software suites JournalismGIS


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University of Denver GIS Masters Degree Online
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