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Create Citysourced Facebook app yourself

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

CitySourced customers can create a custom Facebook App so they can report new issues directly from Facebook. Check out the blog below to see the how-to tutorial with a three step step-by-step guide to create a tab on a Facebook page for reporting new issues directly within Facebook. Follow this easy three step process to create you own version.

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Maptitude 6.0’s unlimited geocoding and more for one-stop geospatial shoppers

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Most organizations are not necessarily geospatially adept, yet they understand the need for some geographic information to either make their businesses run better or to add interactive web mapping to their web sites. In city and county agencies, there is also the need for tools for creating and analyzing redistricting data for districts, and for elections and precincts, there is the necessity to manage the vast amount of data that is collected and aggregated during elections.

Maptitude Image Geocode Census Map

The new version of Maptitude, Maptitude 6.0, is a data visualization and geographic analysis tool that helps organizations understand the impact of geography on their organizations. The newest version includes extensive geographic and demographic data so that you can get started as soon as you open the box. Data are provided in a compact geographic data format that reduces data storage requirements and reduces network traffic. According to Stewart Berry, mapping software product manager, the new version of Maptitude is a “complete refresh” in terms of maps and graphics, routing, database and performance.

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Be Inspired Bentley Thought Leadership Conference begins Monday in Amsterdam

Friday, November 4th, 2011

On Saturday, I fly to Amsterdam to attend the Be Inspired Bentley Thought Leadership Conference held at the Hotel Okura.

Hotel Okura, Amsterdam

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United Nations-backed meeting on GIS technologies held in Seoul, Korea this week

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

A five-day series of United Nations-backed meeting is being held from October 23-28 in Seoul, Korea for the purpose of improving the management of geospatial information technologies and using them to tackle global socio-economic challenges. Representatives from 90 countries and delegates from dozens of international organizations and civil society numbering approximately 350 are expected to attend.

The use of geospatial information goes beyond national borders, according to the UN Programme on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM). The proliferation of natural disasters has heightened the need for urgent response and quick, accurate and specific geospatial solutions.

Participants will strive to bring countries together to “share their experiences in how to organize their geospatial information infrastructure plan policy priorities and handle privately-sourced information and that produced by national authorities.”

UN-backed meeting considers better use of geospatial technology, UN News Centre

Mapping and data analysis for both GIS pros and beginners

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

In a recent interview with Philip O’Doherty, CEO eSpatial, he talked about the company’s OnDemand GIS and its ability to provide services to the entire Geospatial and GIS industry – from GIS experts to complete beginners.

Actual Revenue - January, 2011

 

Welcome to the GISCafe Voice

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Welcome to our new offering, the  GISCafe Voice. This is a new editorial blog-type content that will provide more timely coverage of breaking news to be posted two-three times per week. The articles will provide rich editorial content on topics important to GIS and geospatial professionals, including conference coverage, coverage of geospatial being used in emergency response and disaster recovery, and new products and trends that shape the industry.

Why the GISCafe Voice at this time?

We’re noticing that as geospatial information and geographic information systems become more pervasive, they are becoming critical in more industries than ever before. They are a part of the defense military and homeland security departments, tracking and identification of weather systems such as hurricanes , tsunamis, floods and earthquakes. Organizations without large GIS departments still need access to GIS information which is possible now with technologies that allow individuals to view, markup and access GIS information on the internet or in the cloud. Crowdsourcing has added another dimension to GIS and geospatial, opening up the technology to anyone who wants to contribute current information about an event, community or disaster.

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GIS-enabled information portal a first for Egypt

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

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

earthmine for AutoCAD Map3D

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

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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Philippines Yellow Pages offers GIS to advertisers

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The Directories Philippines Corporation (DPC) Yellow Pages (YP) links consumers to the best foreign and local enterprises (through the print directory and its online version at www.eyp.ph), according to press materials.

A free call center service, the YP Assist, is offered to advertisers with every minimum advertising placement. Other value-added services that DPC Yellow Pages are offering its advertisers for free include DPC Geographical Information System (GIS).

The DPC GIS is a mapping software that combines business and market information with the Philippine map and the latest data from the National Statistics Office.

GeoDesign Summit – Day Two

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Carl Steinitz

 

Carl Steinitz, research professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard delivered a keynote on Day Two at the GeoDesign Summit in Redlands. In his bio, it says that Steinitz has “devoted much of his career to improving methods of landscape planning and design.” He has organized and taught numerous workshops on large and complex landscape design change problems. He has been honored as an outstanding teacher by Harvard University.

 

With all that said, I believe Steinitz’ message was a little difficult to grasp, yet like all excellent teachers, he had a profound message.

 

He began by asking, “Why is it when all we measure is quantities we end with bad designs?”

 

He said he thinks that “what is GeoDesign?” is a social question and that GeoDesign is here to answer questions that are not easily defined.

 

“Most of the work we’re doing and demonstrating involves problems that are marginally understood and that we presume to understand.in a framewrok with many actors and views,” said Steinitz. “People need to understand the complexity, because we don’t know everything.”

 

There are four groups- people of the place, design professionals, information technologists, and geographers/scientists involved in this effort. He says we are probably underestimating the difficulty of bringing these all together. 

 

Steinitz says the geographic sciences are premised on the idea of bringing the model built on the past and present into the future. The differences in the cultures of design and science create difficulties in communication between the two sectors.

 

-Designers think a lot about the future but don’t know anything about the present and past.

 

-People who are confident in what they do come together with others and create geodesign.

 

-There is a social system for design – the assumption is the people don’t agree with each other and /or have problem they perceive or don’t perceive.

 

-The designer’s theory is the scientist’s hypothesis.

 

Other observations:

 

– Scale and size matter

-Designers are educated to start small and go big.

-Geographers or scientists start big and go small

 

Steinitz quoted the Norbert Wiener communciation model (Wiener was a contemporary of Marshall McLuhan) by saying,

 

Designers generally believe ‘I have a message with a medium and you are expected to understand the meaning.’

 

Scientists say ‘I’m looking for something in the environment and are you giving it to me?’ The medium is information technology.

 

Steinitz broke down the types of models we use in assessing landscape with questions: 

-How should landscape be described? Representation models

-How does landscape operate? Process models

-Is the current landscape working well? Evaluation models

-How might landscape be altered? Change model

-What predictable differences might the chances cause? Impact models

-How should landscape be changed? Decision model

 

The decision drives the evaluation, he noted.

 

“It would be easier to create a model for someone tomorrow than 20-100 years into the future,” Steinitz pointed out. As a big part of the GeoDesign discussion centers around creating an ontology, Steinitz said everyone has to be in the room to create an ontology.

 

Methods used to do this include: vision or anticipatory, participatory, sequential, combinatorial, constraining, rule-based, optimizing, agent-based.

 

Steinitz summarized by saying that design and geo are complicated – “geodesign is an art, not a science but depends on science.”

 

AECOM

 

AECOM gave a talk about their SSIM Framework methodology for spatial urban design analysis, which begs the question: What makes a plan inherently more sustainable than another?

 

Vishal Bhargava, senior associate, Urban Designer, said that Urban Form is the single largest determinant of GHG emissions.

 

Rather than rely purely on intuitive judgment, the SSIM Framework methodology asks the following questions –

-Which scenario has the least adverse impact on the environment?

-Which scenario has the greatest potential for sustainability?

 

In the conceptual phase, Bhargava said these are areas of importance to the SSIM Framework –

 

-Evaluate alternatives

-Quantification and comparison of performance and plan alternatives

-Conveying the informatin effectively

 

Key performance indicators –

  • Development performance
  • Urban design performance
  • Access and spatial distribution
  • Ecological performacne
  • Resource use
  • Waste output

Their approach is economics driven, and once these benchmarks and strategies are established, then they do a cost analysis.

 

PenBay Solutions

 

Stu Rich, CTO of PenBay Solutions spoke on “Taking GIS Inside Buildings –

Facilities Management and Analysis”

 

Rich asked the question, why GIS for facilities?

 

“We’re seeing tremendous growth in urban environments, tremendous building boom, and witnessing the greatest migrations of humanity the world has ever seen,” said Rich. In 2000, we became a predominantly urban species, more people for the first time living in urban environments than in rural. It looks like we are going to be doing this for a longer time. This takes pressure off our agricultural lands, but the implications for urban infrastructure is profound.”

 

Rich pointed out that 48% of emissions are due to the consumption of raw materials for construction materials. “The greenest building is the one we never build.” 

 

“We need to think about how to address that existing building stock which is unlikely to have the BIM data sets we’ve been talking about,” said Rich.

 

“How do we apply geodesign to that problem?”

 

In a nutshell, Rich said we need to extend our thinking to the interior environment – it’s not just about buildings, it’s about processes.

-We need to think of ways to not have to build a new building

-We need to extend geographic scale to interiors of buildings

 

Lightning Talks

 

There were a number of Lightning Talks offered on Friday as well that spilled over into the afternoon session. Presenters included universities, Azavea, and even Autodesk.

 

I had to catch a flight before the Idea Lab of the afternoon so did not witness the wrap up at the end of the day.

 

 

 

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