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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 »

GeoEye and TerraGo Team Up to Offer Spatial Imagery on the Go

October 10th, 2011 by Susan Smith

According to Frost & Sullivan analyst Daniel Longfield: “The explosion in the collection of advanced imagery and other spatial data and its consumption by non-GIS experts necessitates solutions to make data-rich intelligence more conveniently available and actionable by the broader enterprise and in the field.”

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Connecting Mobile to the Office

October 9th, 2011 by Susan Smith

GIS4Mobile, demonstrated by Ove Lindholt Hansen and Nikolaj Moller Nielsen of Denmark, focuses on the concept of connecting a mobile device to the office.

With this application “the very minute you have information in the field it is available in the office,” said Hansen, emphasizing how important it is to have an online connection.

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TerraGo Version 6 Allows Sharing and Updates

October 8th, 2011 by Susan Smith

A significant technology and release cycle characterize the latest 6.0 release of TerraGo. According to CEO Rick Cobb, the company has released the first version of their TerraGo SDK – a modular functionality that you can use through a service, a rapid dynamic link library. “Every major function we perform can be plugged into someone else’s app, into the cloud or some other server based app,” said Cobb. “The SDK is being deployed by GeoEye this summer so when someone goes to the GeoEye iCloud services based platform they will be able to use TerraGo to make collaborative GeoPDF images.”

TerraGo booth at Esri UC Conference 2011 in San Diego

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Autodesk’s New Infrastructure Portfolio Additions

October 8th, 2011 by Susan Smith

Autodesk announced recently their Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2012 software for conceptual design and AutoCAD Utility Design 2012 software for electric utility design, two new additions to the Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure portfolio for planning, designing, building, and managing more sustainable infrastructure. These new products complement the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2012, and are designed to help professionals address the failing infrastructure crisis.

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GIS Without the Map

October 8th, 2011 by Susan Smith

Lamont Norman, global product manager – OnDemand, Geocoding & Risk Data of Pitney Bowes Insight, jokingly said that they “do GIS to people and they don’t know it,” in other words, they provide GIS without the map. This is common in the world of risk management, where what is important is a geocode of an address.

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Leaf peepers take note: Track the link between changing leaf color and climate change

October 6th, 2011 by Susan Smith

Citizens can help track climate change by noting the timing of aspen leaf changes and other plant and animal species and logging onto the USA National Phenology Network and recording their findings.

Go to USA National Phenology Network and click on “Nature’s Notebook”

Phenology is the study of the seasonal life-cycle events in plants and animals. Phenology has been shown to be a key indicator of climate change. Data collected is used to track how climate change impacts forests, through fire, insects and disease.

reason to view the aspens:
Santa Fe New Mexican, Monday, October 3, 2011

Smart Collar measures how animals move and eat

September 7th, 2011 by Susan Smith

The “smart collar” — in development in academia and intended for commercial production in the next few years, use a combination of global positioning technology and accelerometers for measuring an animal’s metabolic inner life in leaping, running or sleeping.

The smart collar measures how animals move and eat and live their lives — and could fundamentally transform how wild populations are managed, and imagined, biologists and wildlife managers say.

‘Smart Collar’ in the Works to Manage Wildlife Better August 29, 2011, The New York Times (registration required)

Mapping out Cuba a labor of love for one Cuban American cartographer

August 20th, 2011 by Susan Smith

Juan Jose Valdes, project manager of the National Geographic Society’s first major rendering of Cuba since 1906, says that “To a Cuban, there’s nothing more iconic than a map of the island.”

Two new provinces have been added to the 3×2 foot wall map, which took six months to create. Valdes was moved from Cuba as a boy several months after the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Geographic’s map of Cuba is labor of love for Cuban American mapmaker
Wall Street Journal

Everyblock offers neighborhood news

August 2nd, 2011 by Susan Smith

EveryBlock is a new news data site to follow neighborhood news and connect with your neighbors in 16 U.S. cities.

News included can come from data such as public records like crime reports, to neighbor discussions, to photos people have taken in your neighborhood.

The Vast Reach of the European Environment Agency

July 15th, 2011 by Susan Smith

Since Jacqueline McGlade of the European Environment Agency was a keynote speaker at Esri this week, I bring back this article on the agency from GISWeekly:

Vast Reach of the European Environment Agency, GISWeekly, June 20, 2011

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