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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 »

ESA Galileo navigation satellites now interoperable with U.S. GPS

 
July 12th, 2012 by Susan Smith

The first two ESA Galileo navigation satellites in space can now transmit dummy signals in a modulation scheme designed to allow full interoperability with the US GPS once operational services start.

This is the European version of the Multiplexed Binary Offset Code signal standard which is the agreed upon standard with the United States for the interoperability of Galileo and GPS.

“This is an advanced modulation technique that offers robust protection against signal interference and the misleading signal reflections known as ‘multipath’,” said Marco Falcone, Head of Galileo System Services.

-ESA Navigation

GeoIQ joins Esri

 
July 10th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Today, GeoIQ announced that they have joined Esri. It is not clear whether this is an acquisition or a merger, or what the nature of this arrangement is, other than the press release says Esri approached GeoIQ about joining their team and “merging technologies.” GeoIQ is a company dedicated to providing “GIS for everyone,” a popular position today, but the company’s goal is to create new mapping interfaces and change the geospatial market by doing so. The relationship with Esri enables GeoIQ to work within the ArcGIS platform and to reach their millions of users.

GeoIQ will be a presence in Esri’s efforts to create the next generation of GeoWeb technologies. Part of that effort will include a new research and development center in the Washington DC area. GeoIQ’s task at the development will focus on engineering core technologies for Esri, clearly utilizing GeoIQ’s experience working with open data and technology communities and real time and large data analytics. An ongoing project is “Twitch” which handles dynamic aggregation and visualitons of millions of points from social media streams with in-browser HTML5 support.

Google Map Maker for South Africa and Egypt added to Google Maps

 
July 3rd, 2012 by Susan Smith

Google Maps has made available Google Map Maker for South Africa and Egypt.

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Flood modeling data with Intermap Digital Elevation Models and Hydrology

 
July 3rd, 2012 by Susan Smith

In a webcast presented by Carahsoft, Intermap representatives talked about the fact that they have “the world’s largest 3D terrain database with the one meter LE 90 accuracy and consistency.” LE 90 is a linear air of 90 percent, and is commonly used for quoting and validating DEMs. LE 90 value represents the linear vertical distance of  90 percent of control points, and the respective twin matching counterparts acquired in an independent geodetic survey should be found from each other. For the U.S., which most on this call is interested in, Intermap has mapped the entire lower 48 plus some of Alaska.

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Geofeedia offers geo search of social media

 
July 3rd, 2012 by Susan Smith

The young company Geofeedia offers aggregating capabilities of a new kind – assembling data from various social media sources such as Instagram, Twitter, Picassa and others – representing that data on a nice visual map with pins. Each source has a specific pin so that users can see the source and location of the data.

Geofeedia aggregates data from various social media sources such as Instagram, Twitter, Picassa and others - representing that data on a nice visual map with pins. Each source has a specific pin so that users can see the source and location of the data.

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Esri’s U.S. Wildfires Map online

 
June 28th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Check out Esri’s new U.S. Wildfires Map here:

http://www.esri.com/services/disaster-response/wildlandfire/latest-news-map.html

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The Vast Reach of the European Environment Agency (Reprint)

 
June 27th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Since Eye on Earth just won an award at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, it seemed fitting to reprint this article about the EEA and the role of Eye on Earth.

Article Reprinted from GISWeekly, June 20, 2011

The Vast Reach of the European Environment Agency
By Susan Smith

While in Copenhagen in late March of this year GISWeekly met with Stefan Jensen, head of information services group, SEIS support program that supports the implementation of INSPIRE and develops and maintains the EEA SDI related to user needs, metadata and data licensing and Jan Bliki, project officer, GIS system development for the European Environment Agency (EEA), an agency of the European Union.

European Environment Agency main building, Copenhagen

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Magellan and Effigis partnership punch up the eXplorist GIS Pro 10

 
June 26th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Magellan announced its partnership with Effigis to enhance customers’ ability to collect and post-process geo-localized data. The product that will take advantage of this partnership is Magellan’s  eXplorist GIS Pro 10 — a rugged, lightweight, waterproof and bluetooth-enabled handheld GPS device designed for GPS/GIS data collection.

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Rio+20 Earth Summit tackles broad sweep of sustainability challenges

 
June 26th, 2012 by Susan Smith

At Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil last week, was originally titled the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development. Varying reports have emerged from that conference, with many seeking to find answers to the problems surrounding sustainable development and environmental challenges.

In the beginning the conference’s aim was to set of Sustainable Development Goals that would replace the U.N. Millennium Development Goals—which were agreed to in New York in 2000 and are set to expire in 2015—to address global poverty.

Concerns were more broadbased than that at this Summit as parties recognized and pressed forward with votes to support the need for many progressive changes in the development and environment agenda, such as broad approval for addressing an array of ocean sustainability and agricultural issues and the creation of a new high-level forum that will draft new Sustainable Development Goals by 2014.

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