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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Greenhouse gas emissions tracked by EPA web-based map tool and mobile app

 
February 19th, 2013 by Susan Smith

The EPA tracks Greenhouse Gas Emissions from large facilities are shown using this map tool:

GHG EPA Data

The data does not reflect all GHG emissions from all facilities, only those who reported to EPA as of 01/15/2013. EPA continues to quality assure data and plans to release updated data periodically. Interested individuals can view emissions in their states and do a custom search.

Overwatch releases the 3D viewer, LIDAR Analyst 5.1

 
February 14th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Skip Maselli, Overwatch vice president of Geospatial Solutions, spoke on their new product LIDAR Analyst 5.1 3D Viewer, for managing LIDAR data with mission-critical high-resolution 3D exploitation.

LIDAR 3D Viewer image showing extracted Seattle downtown with threat dome.

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Ushahidi launches new Uchaguzi partnership for elections

 
February 12th, 2013 by Susan Smith

On March 4, 2013, there will be a Kenyan election again. Readers might remember that the innovative company Ushahidi influenced the Kenyan election in 2007 and is now asking the question, what would we do differently if we were to do this again?

Ushahidi, in response to that question, announces the official launch of the Uchaguzi Kenya 2013 partnership. Uchaguzi’s goal is to help Kenya hold a fair and credible election. Uchaguzi is a joint initiative between Ushahidi, Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) and Hivos Foundation with the additional support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Citizen participation or crowdsourcing is a big part of Uchaguzi’s strategy, with the Uchaguzi platform built on and by Ushahidi. Citizens will be empowered to report any changes they see in the election.

Uchaguzi Kenya 2013 launched

Climate Desk’s short video explains climate modeling

 
February 11th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Here in 90 seconds is Climate Desk’s attempt to explain something we interact with every day, in all sorts of ways, from flying in a plane, to getting a loan, to betting on a horse: computer modeling.

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DigitalGlobe and GeoEye merger completion

 
February 7th, 2013 by Susan Smith

On January 31, 2013 DigitalGlobe, Inc.and GeoEye, Inc. announced the completion of their merger, creating one global leader in earth imagery and geospatial analysis, under the name DigitalGlobe.  According to the press release, the combined company will trade on the NYSE stock exchange as DigitalGlobe under the symbol DGI.  Based on the closing price of DigitalGlobe stock on January 30, 2013, the combined company has a market capitalization of $2.1 billion.

This story I wrote in July 2012 recounts the background of the two companies up to that time.

GeoEye and DigitalGlobe plan to merge

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite is still scheduled for launch in mid-2014.

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Geofencing moves beyond traditional location-based applications

 
February 4th, 2013 by Susan Smith

“With low-cost developer’s tools becoming available, geofencing is finally coming out of the shadows, moving beyond traditional location-based applications, to form the backbone of a host of new applications and services.

As the back-end complexities of supporting location-based services continues to escalate, developers are increasingly turning to platform providers such as carriers, Google, Qualcomm, Esri, Urban Airship, and others to provide an easy, scalable geofencing service. In its report, “Geofencing: Technologies, Applications, and Revenue Strategies”, ABI Research investigates the full range of carrier and smartphone applications that will utilize geofencing in the coming years, including retail, enterprise, push notification, local search, social networking, ambient intelligence, etc”

-ABI Research

Geodesign Summit 2013 – Day Two

 
January 30th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Geodesign is a set of techniques and enabling technologies for planning built and natural environments in an integrated process, including project conceptualization, analysis, design specification, stakeholder participation and collaboration, design creation, simulation, and evaluation (among other stages). “Geodesign is a design and planning method which tightly couples the creation of design proposals with impact simulations informed by geographic contexts.”[1]Wikipedia

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Geodesign Summit 2013 – Day One

 
January 24th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Bran Ferren, co-founder of Applied Minds LLC and keynote speaker for the opening session at the Geodesign Summit held at Esri’s Redlands, Calif. Campus, set the tone for the Summit that commenced today.

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Esri Vulnerable Populations Flu Impact Map and other Health Maps available

 
January 23rd, 2013 by Susan Smith

The Esri Vulnerable Populations Flu Impact Map and Health Information Map are available for media to embed or share as part of ongoing flu and public health coverage. The Vulnerable Populations Flu Impact Map displays crowdsourced flu reports by ZIP Code over Esri demographic data for seniors and children under five.

The Health Information Map shows flu surveillance reports from the CDC  and related social media. You can customize the map by zooming or panning and changing the keywords or date ranges to localize geo-tagged social content. Both the default map or your customized version can be embedded on your news site by using the Link button.

-Esri

FME 2013 from Safe Software Released

 
January 17th, 2013 by Susan Smith

As with every release of Safe Software’s spatial data transformation technology FME, the release of FME 2013 Desktop and Server versions offers support for more data formats, in this case over 300 of them, including across point cloud/LiDAR, 3D, raster, database, vector and XML. Notable new formats include the ASTM E57 point cloud format, X3D, Autodesk IMX, PostGIS raster, SpatiaLite, Salesforce, and many more.

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