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 »
October 20th, 2009 by Susan Smith
An article in USA Today, October 19, by Donna Leinwand, entitled “Car theft slows to lowest in 20 years” cites GPS technology and ignition locks as the cause of this positive change.
“Reported vehicle theft has fallen to a 20-year low even as the number of vehicles on the road has doubled, as manufacturers install sophisticated anti-theft technology in cars and police target organized car-theft rings.”
October 16th, 2009 by Susan Smith
The 3rd Workshop on Behaviour Monitoring and Interpretation: Studying Moving Objects in a three-dimensional world, is to be held in conjunction with the 4th International 3D Geoinfo Workshop, and will take place on November 3 2009 in Ghent, Belgium.
“Modelling ‘reality’ has always been a fundamental issue in geography. Considering two major aspects of reality, i.e. space and time, leads to a crucial GIScience research domain concerning moving objects. Indeed, motion or movement enters the picture whenever one and the same object occupies different positions in space at different times. Great advances have been made in the context of positioning techniques in recent years. As a consequence, application areas such as navigation, location based services, ubiquitous computing, smart places, ambient intelligence, and more specific areas like ambient assisted living came into existence. One fundamental issue in all these areas is the consideration of locomotion behaviours of humans for whom such technologies are devised. Besides such application areas, different scientific fields, such as ecology or geographical information science call for methods helping in analysing the spatiotemporal behaviour of moving people. Moreover, these research fields and application areas state new fundamental questions concerned with the analysis of locomotion behaviour, making it necessary to provide a scientific forum as this workshop is intended to be.”
3rd Workshop on Behaviour Monitoring and Interpretation, BMI’09
October 9th, 2009 by Susan Smith
Bentley is holding a new event, the Bentley Be Inspired Infrastructure Symposium, in Charlotte, North Carolina this coming week. The event will showcase the Bentley BE Awards which are usually announced at the annual BE Conference, which was not held this year. This year, the awards ceremony is by invitation only and will also give attendees the opportunity to speak with finalists in executive roundtable settings.
I’ll be in Charlotte Monday through Wednesday of next week and will be reporting from there.
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
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
* portions of this chapter will be reprinted in the forthcoming ESRI Press book, Undersea With GIS, due out in the fall of 2001.
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.
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
October 2nd, 2009 by Susan Smith
September 29th, 2009 by Susan Smith
Topo map of Colorado based on OpenStreetMap and USGS data
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.”