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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 »

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.

Government taps private sector GIS database

September 22nd, 2009 by Susan Smith

“Rextag Strategies’ industry-leading GIS databases have won an open-bid contract from the US Department of the Interior. Rextag’s GIS data, used extensively throughout the private sector, has demonstrated itself a surpassingly valuable asset to government as well.”

” Rextag was awarded the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs contract for its Oil & Gas Pipeline GIS and Renewable Energy GIS Data.”
– Business Wire, Sept. 22, 2009

Biggest challenge to GIS implementation is time

September 22nd, 2009 by Susan Smith

“Data managers at last weeks’ GIS Broadband Workshop in Denver talked about obstacles they’ve had to overcome in implementing geographic information systems (GIS) at their MSOs. One of the biggest challenges has simply been the element of time. It takes a few years to update a large operator’s subscriber databank with GIS data.”

-Communications Technology

View federal stimulus spending by state and recipient

September 17th, 2009 by Susan Smith, a site created to track the flow of federal stimulus funds, features several interactive maps that show spending by state and by recipient.

74% government data is location-based

September 15th, 2009 by Susan Smith

In an article in Government Technology by editor Todd Newcombe he pointed out that during the first day of the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C. the discussions of a future of opening up government data to improve democracy and citizen engagement would mean that GIS would be a clear winner.

The reason for this is that 74 percent of government data is location-based, according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s Federal Enterprise Architecture framework. State and local figures are higher than that, closer to 80 percent.

Coming up: the Open Government Directive from the Obama administration will require federal agencies to set standards for providing data in machine-readable formats to the public.

Homicide map piques interest among geologists

September 15th, 2009 by Susan Smith

In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Sept. 8, 2009) a map of recent homicides that have occurred in the city was published. The map shows geographic trends in homicides across the city by cause, race and gender. Other maps for different types of crime are being created to be shared with the public. Interestingly, a post on said the maps are “relatively easy to make” and could be a “good communication tool for sharing the location of geologic hazards with the public – if you have a latitude/longitude database of incidences.”

Mobile cloud services forecasted

September 15th, 2009 by Susan Smith

According to ABI Research, “the number of people using mobile cloud services will rapidly grow over the next five years, reaching 998 million in 2014. Last year, these kind of services were used by 42.8 million subscribers, which is approximately 1.1% of all mobile users. In comparison, the number of people that are expected to use mobile cloud in 2014 will represent nearly 19% of all mobile phone users.” – Dusan Belic, ABI Research, Sept. 9, 2009

Near real-time GIS data gets to firefighters

September 9th, 2009 by Susan Smith

During the recent summer forest fire season, San Diego State University’s Homeland Security program developed a geographic information system that makes GIS data available to firefighters in the field in near real-time – even when they do not have wireless or landline networks available. These datasets, designed for firefighters specifically, are formatted for satellite delivery and include satellite and aerial imagery, weather radar and topographical data in a format optimized for delivery over the Inmarsat Plc. Broadband Global Area Network.

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