GISCafe Weekly Review March 21st, 2013

Organizations Can Now Maximize the Potential of Radar Imagery
March 19, 2013  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Throughout the remote sensing industry, there is a growing awareness and interest for radar imagery.

From military intelligence and homeland security organizations to emergency responders, fisheries and offshore oil production providers, a wide range of organizations are rapidly expanding their use of radar imagery in new and innovative ways.

When we launched the Intergraph Geospatial 2013 earlier this year, we developed new enhancements that will allow these kinds of organizations to fully leverage radar capabilities.

For example, as a part of ERDAS IMAGINE 2013, the Radar Analyst Workstation is a fully interactive workstation  specifically tailored to the day-to-day operational requirements of a radar analyst.

IMAGINE Radar Analyst Workstation provides capabilities that enable easier, more thorough use of radar data resources.  The workstation is presented in the ribbon interface and includes tools to complete a variety of workflows, accurately and completely, with relatively little radar expertise. The interactive dynamic tools complete tasks such as flood mapping and oil spill detection with one button creation of vector output and reports. Users can also easily access the marine traffic website, correlating live ship tracking data with your analysis results.

We recently hosted a webinar that showcased the power of radar, demonstrating the new features in IMAGINE Radar Analyst Workstation, and illustrating the competitive advantages that Intergraph offers. To learn more, please view the on-demand webinar or explore the IMAGINE Radar Mapping Suite product page.

 

iPad ArcGIS Online Editing and Annotation App
March 18, 2013  by Matt Sheehan

We have extended our ArcGIS Online Editing mobile app, to include annotation. Below is a demo of the functionality using the draw widget ported from the Flex Viewer for ArcGIS running on an iPad:

Contact us for more information.

FGDC
The Federal Geographic Data Committee has initiated a process to develop a new strategic plan for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. On March 7, FGDC held an NSDI Leaders Forum at the U.S. Department of the Interior to begin to gather input to help build the foundation for the new strategic plan. More than 20 key geospatial associations, plus other leaders in the geospatial community, were invited to the forum to participate in a dialogue about a strategic plan to guide the future development of the NSDI. GITA was represented by Talbot Brooks, President of the Board of Directors. John Moeller, former Board Member, also participated in the forum. The FGDC plans to work collaboratively with partners and stakeholders in the geospatial community to develop and implement a new strategy for continued and sustainable development of the NSDI.

The forum was a very good start for gaining input and ideas. Over the almost three hours of discussion, all of the participants had the opportunity of voicing the perspectives of different segments of the geospatial community. This input, along with that from a meeting earlier in the week, with federal agencies, will help FGDC build an expanded outline for the strategic plan. The timeline has the plan being completed by the end of 2013. While this could shift a bit during the next few months, FGDC anticipates having a draft plan out for public review in mid-late summer.

As a key stakeholder in the NSDI, GITA sees a spatial data infrastructure as a critical national infrastructure asset similar to physical infrastructure assets. GITA supports the development of an updated NSDI Strategy and encourages members to contribute to the planning activities. For more information go to http://www.fgdc.gov/nsdi-plan . You may also provide Talbot with your ideas and input by contacting him at tbrooks@deltastate.edu.

– GITA News Hub

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