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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 »

Laws of blogging

 
October 7th, 2009 by Susan Smith

In a world where the lines between advertising and editorial are already blurred in some places, the F.T.C. is planning to revise rules about endorsements and testimonials in advertising that have been in place since 1980. According to an article in The New York Times, “the new regulations are aimed at the rapidly shifting new-media world and how advertisers are using bloggers and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to pitch their wares.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/business/media/06adco.html

It seems this rule is designed to control advertisers who are using bloggers and social media to hawk their products, and also to stem the tide of giveaways to bloggers who review products. Publications who review products have always received free products, in order to review them. How is the government going to tease out the differences? What does this mean in terms of covering products, writing reviews of products, and otherwise posting relevant information about particular industries?

American Samoan GIS resources

 
October 7th, 2009 by Susan Smith

Here is a collection of resources for GIS data on American Samoa, the area hit by tsunami last week. GISCorps’ Shoreh Elhami said that as of yet, they have not received any requests for volunteers.

Fagatelle Bay National Marine Sanctuary
http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/djl/samoa/

GIS / Vector Data of Samoa from EastView Cartographics: http://www.cartographic.com/xq/asp/samoa/gis/data/navmode.r/rid.224/tid.8/sid.0/cid.0/vid.0/oid.0/qx/hub/index.asp

Pacific Disaster Center: http://www.pdc.org/pdf/factsheets/American_Samoa.pdf

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management for American Samoa: http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/mystate/american_samoa.html

American Samoa Historic Preservation Office, Geography of American Samoa http://www.ashpo.org/geography.htm

Paper by Dawn Wright GIS Coordination at America’s Remotest National Marine Sanctuary (American Samoa)*

* portions of this chapter will be reprinted in the forthcoming ESRI Press book, Undersea With GIS, due out in the fall of 2001.

http://proceedings.esri.com/library/userconf/proc01/professional/papers/pap140/p140.htm

New schedule for GISWeekly

 
October 6th, 2009 by Susan Smith

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.

Autodesk takes ebayer to court…again

 
October 2nd, 2009 by Susan Smith

One would think that a large software company such as Autodesk would have more to do than to ferret out eBay sellers who are selling their software. But that obviously is not the case:

“The case of Timothy Vernor, the man Autodesk tried to stop selling their software on eBay, has had another day in court.

Vernor is a full-time eBay seller, usually of comic books. But in 2005 he found a copy of AutoCAD design software at a garage sale – software which usually sells for about $4,000.

Shortly after he put the CD on eBay the auction house received a lawyer’s letter from Autodesk alleging infringements of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. eBay pulled the auction but Vernor complained and eBay, and Autodesk, eventually backed down.

But when Vernor chanced upon some more Autodesk CDs, apparently at another garage sale, they again hit him with DMCA notices.”

-Channel Register, Oct. 1, 2009, UK

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/10/01/ebay_autodesk_vernor/

GIS system comes to Azerbaijan tourism

 
October 2nd, 2009 by Susan Smith


In 2010 Azerbaijan to introduce GIS system in tourism, September 30, 2009, Trend

TopoOSM Colorado

 
September 29th, 2009 by Susan Smith

Topo map of Colorado based on OpenStreetMap and USGS data

http://toposm.com/co/

Municipal GIS Desktop Browser for Cities and Towns

 
September 28th, 2009 by Susan Smith

“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.”

http://babysofts.com/municipal-gis-desktop-browser-for-cities-and-towns-212/

Nigeria gets GIS-based certificate of occupancy for landowners

 
September 28th, 2009 by Susan Smith

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.”

Beta release of Gaia 3.4 for Mono – free platform

 
September 23rd, 2009 by Susan Smith
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.

GIS states app for iPhone/iPod platform

 
September 23rd, 2009 by Susan Smith

Integrity Logic has been busy lately – they have now released Geology WA covering the state of Washington and Oregon. The release “focuses on the physical geography and geology of the Pacific Northwest states, and contains 25 layers of information, which can be superimposed, mixed and rearranged in any desired combination.”

The company also released for the state of Arizona, Geology AZ, a GIS with 23 layers of information focusing on the physical geography and geology of Arizona.

The company also has GIS coverage for the following states:

Geology CA, Geology TX, Geology NY and Geology FL.

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