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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
An article in USA Today, October 19, by Donna Leinwand, entitled “Car theft slows to lowest in 20 years” cites GPS technology and ignition locks as the cause of this positive change.
“Reported vehicle theft has fallen to a 20-year low even as the number of vehicles on the road has doubled, as manufacturers install sophisticated anti-theft technology in cars and police target organized car-theft rings.”
Friday, October 16th, 2009
The 3rd Workshop on Behaviour Monitoring and Interpretation: Studying Moving Objects in a three-dimensional world, is to be held in conjunction with the 4th International 3D Geoinfo Workshop, and will take place on November 3 2009 in Ghent, Belgium.
“Modelling ‘reality’ has always been a fundamental issue in geography. Considering two major aspects of reality, i.e. space and time, leads to a crucial GIScience research domain concerning moving objects. Indeed, motion or movement enters the picture whenever one and the same object occupies different positions in space at different times. Great advances have been made in the context of positioning techniques in recent years. As a consequence, application areas such as navigation, location based services, ubiquitous computing, smart places, ambient intelligence, and more specific areas like ambient assisted living came into existence. One fundamental issue in all these areas is the consideration of locomotion behaviours of humans for whom such technologies are devised. Besides such application areas, different scientific fields, such as ecology or geographical information science call for methods helping in analysing the spatiotemporal behaviour of moving people. Moreover, these research fields and application areas state new fundamental questions concerned with the analysis of locomotion behaviour, making it necessary to provide a scientific forum as this workshop is intended to be.”
3rd Workshop on Behaviour Monitoring and Interpretation, BMI’09
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
GISWeekly will launch on the 12th and 26th of October. In subsequent months, the publication will offer two issues per month instead of four.
Because there is so much GIS news, readers are encouraged to also check the blogs, news offerings and other content on GISCafe for additional up-to-date coverage.
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
Topo map of Colorado based on OpenStreetMap and USGS data
Monday, September 28th, 2009
“Municipal GIS Desktop Browser for Cities and Towns 2.12 brings a powerful, perfect and popular Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) mapping application designed just for city, town, and county offices. Create your own maps and add your own data. Then browse the map or search for properties by Owner, Address or Parcel ID. View detailed information and building photos for each parcel via a database link.”
Monday, September 28th, 2009
Hernando De Soto, Peruvian economist, gave a moving commentary at ESRI UC this year on “Mapping the Invisible,” based on his idea of building cadastral systems in the developing world. He has written a book entitled The Mystery of Capital, which holds to the premise that countries that don’t have land cadastre are poor.
“We are trying to help countries participate in the global economy, and the starting point is property,” claimed De Soto. Two-thirds of the world doesn’t have property law.
So it was with great interest that I noticed this morning’s article by journalist Akinpelu Dada, in Punch, a Nigerian newspaper on the web, that the “Ogun State Government has introduced Geographic Information System-based certificate of occupancy for landowners seeking new titles and for re-certification of existing landed assets in the state.
Developed by the Bureau of Lands and Survey, the agency in charge of land matters in the state, the new GIS-based C-of-O, was approved by the state executive council on September 23.”
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
The Carbon Project has announced the release of a beta of Gaia 3.4 for Mono, a free geospatial network platform created for the support of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) users.
The Mono Project is an open source framework which was used to develop the software. Hence, Gaia can be used on any Linux or Mac desktop.
Gaia 3.4 offers “synergy” between Microsoft Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, OpenStreetMap, ESRI ArcGIS Server, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) KML, GML, GMLsf, WMS, WMTS, WFS, Filters, WCS, ESRI Shape, Autodesk and MapInfo formats, plus others.