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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 Tribune.com

 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

 

Navigation device shipments expected to almost triple in next five years

Friday, October 15th, 2010

According to a report issued by ABI Research, The number of navigation shipments – encompassing all current form factors including in-dash, portable, and mobile navigation devices — is expected to grow from more than 100 million in 2010 to 283 million in 2015.

ABI Research practice director Dominique Bonte comments: “The launches of free turn-by-turn off-board navigation by Google on Android handsets in the United States in 2009 and in some European countries in 2010, and on-board navigation globally by Nokia in January 2010, are driving the popularity of handset-based navigation and putting additional pressure on the price of on-board and off-board navigation solutions offered by other vendors.”

Azavea to use Phase I SBIR funds to develop OpenTreeMap

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

OpenTreeMap is “an urban forestry tree inventory and management tool to support collaborative data collection and tree management by municipal government, non-profit organizations, students, and volunteers.”

Azavea (formerly Avencia) announced today that it was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant totaling $90,000, by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

to develop a prototype of a new data management software (OpenTreeMap) that will assist communities with the inventory and maintenance of urban forests.

Azavea will work with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the City of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and will use the Phase I SBIR funds to test the feasibility of the development of OpenTreeMap. The Phase I project will develop a prototype of Philadelphia to begin with. If this prototype is successful, Azavea will then be eligible for Phase II funding so that they can extend OpenTreeMap to anywhere in the world.  

By designing the OpenTreeMap web application as a wiki-style data editing software, Azavea hopes it will enable a variety of users to participate collaboratively in the tree people of many ages and experience levels to participate collaboratively in the tree inventory process.Until now that hasn’t been possible, even though urban and suburban municipal government have really wanted to manage their street trees and public lands more efficiently.

 

 

Free GIS stuff

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The United States GIS Data Repository (USGDR), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “Making Public Data Public”, has partnered with TractBuilder to provide Central Appraisal Districts and certain other county-level GIS programs free licenses of the TractBuilder Tools for ArcGIS, a set of tools counties can use to map polygons and lines according to legal descriptions.

-          Free GIS Software for County GIS Departments PRLog

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