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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 »

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.

http://www.everyblock.com/

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:

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

Greater Accuracy in Landfire Mapping Helps Battle Summer Blazes

 
July 5th, 2011 by Susan Smith

National Lab and surrounding communities, not to mention severe devastation to the forest. Another 10,000-acre Pacheco Canyon fire threatens our Ski Basin and Pecos Wilderness 9 miles from downtown Santa Fe.


Slope maps provide ready-to-use visual representations for terrain evaluations.


Here in New Mexico, we have a potentially 100,000-acre fire threatening Los Alamos

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Fire evacuees can use aerial technology system for up-to-date view of their homes

 
July 1st, 2011 by Susan Smith

­Los Alamos National Laboratory and a New Mexico aerial technology firm on Thursday deployed a cutting-edge surveillance system­normally used to help U.S. conventional military forces in combat ­for a peaceful purpose: helping Las Conchas fire evacuees see an up-to-date view of their homes.

A higher resolution version of the system, known as Angel Fire, was developed by LANL and the Air Force Research Laboratory for the Department of Defense. It’s described as a surveillance camera for a city-sized area, complete with instant replay and the ability to zoom in to see, for example, someone planting an improvised explosive device.

Read the rest of Fire evacuees can use aerial technology system for up-to-date view of their homes

Better mapping and spatial data come to Kenya

 
June 29th, 2011 by Susan Smith

Improved
Internet Access Brings Better Mapping and Spatial Data to Kenya
June 22,
2011, World Resources Institute

GIS-enabled information portal a first for Egypt

 
June 29th, 2011 by Susan Smith

Egypt’s
first GIS-enabled information portal
, June 23, 2011, The Daily News Egypt.com

earthmine for AutoCAD Map3D

 
June 29th, 2011 by Susan Smith

earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D is an extension to AutoCAD’s model-based mapping software that provides access to CAD and GIS data.


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Universal geocoding question

 
June 24th, 2011 by Susan Smith

I read your article about Universal geocoding.

Universal
Geocoding NAC Assigns Unique Codes to Every Location on Earth

I was wondering how this would apply to a deeply populated area with homes duplexes and High-rises. As you understand it, would there be a geocode for each address or living space or would it be a general geocode for the city block or building? What ever additional information you might have would greatly be
appreciated.

Thank you
Ron

Forwarded to NAC Geographic Products for response:

Usually, a Universal Address contains the information of the horizontal
location only. For a building, it’s the location of the entrance. However,
as we discussed on http://nacgeo.com/nacsite/documents/postal.asp, for
simplifying automatic mail sorting purpose, it allows residents of a
building to add a third string to represent the room number, such as

NAC: 8CRB Q90H UNIT208

so that the OCR software can sort the mail into the final mail box. The
locally defined third string must contain vowel character(s) (A, E, I, O, U
or Y) to distinguish it from a standard altitude string which does not have
any vowel.

Best regards,
Xinhang Shen
NAC Geographic Products Inc.

New study to estimate concentrations of pharmaceuticals in drinking water

 
June 24th, 2011 by Susan Smith

In response to media headlines about the presence of
pharmaceuticals in drinking water, professors from the University of
Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a
website, “<http://faculty.virginia.edu/vpharmacalc/>V-PharmaCalc,”
that allows Virginians to view estimated concentrations of various
prescription and generic drugs present in their local wastewater –
before it is treated and released to the environment. – from press release

According to Ph.D., P.E., LEED Green Associate, for each wastewater treatment plant, the address was obtained from a listing of treatment plants provided by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ).  From that list, the latitude/longitude of each treatment plant was then determined.

When a user enters their zipcode, there is a default latitude/longitude for
that zipcode (as evidenced if you go to Google Maps and just enter a zip
code, it defaults to a certain point).  From that specific zip code
latitude/longitude coordinate, the website then links to the wastewater
treatment plant that is closest.

Esri interactive wildfire map

 
June 21st, 2011 by Susan Smith

Esri interactive wildland fire map

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