Spatial Data Provisioning - Supporting the Role of Data Steward
The advantage to this process is speed, access and affordability. “If I can take it right off the plane and put it into EarthWhere, I can make the product available faster, and it's cheaper. I don't have to pay somebody to create these costly orthoquads,” Hardy noted. “Also, as I acquire higher accuracy DEMs in the course of maybe six months, I can put them in the system and create higher accuracy orthos on an as needed basis.”
In a world that is pushing for geospatial data right now, the concept of raw data catalogued as far upstream as possible clearly increases its value to a broader community and offers up custom products cheaper, easier and faster. Also, the fear of 'collaborating' diminishes as agencies realize that with cataloguing; use can be restricted or allowed, depending upon the customers' parameters.
Pricing is based on the concurrent user model which provides the ability to pay for what you need. If you have hundreds of users but only 20 use the system at a time, you only have to purchase a 20-user license. Once you provision a product, you don't have to wait for it to finish, you can log out and it will still continue and not use a license.
A soon-to-be-released application, Raster Connect for ArcGIS, provides the functionality of EarthWhere within an ArcGIS framework. Users can provision information from archives of generic datasets, and deliver it right to their ArcGIS project. Raster Connect for ArcGIS is delivered as a core part of the EarthWhere application suite. This tool is in beta with a full release being available at the end of the month.
Supporting Data Stewards
EarthWhere helps data stewards such as the USDA and the USGS begin to meet the growing needs of the community for data that meets operational goals. As these agencies adopt spatial data provisioning, they can begin to re-allocate their resources from traditional image production tasks and become full service data stewards. The ability to provide self service tools that easily extract information from large archives of imagery nurtures the growth of the geotechnology market by making geospatial datasets more relevant.
LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc. announced that the company has signed a reseller agreement with Pangaea Information Technologies, Ltd., Chicago-based geospatial information technology company, to serve as the distributor of GeoExpress with MrSID and Express Server.
BlueSky International Ltd and Infoterra Ltd have signed a multi-million pound deal to jointly create and market new high resolution aerial photography of the country. In a highly significant development for the aerial photography industry, these two key players have agreed to pool their extensive expertise and resources to update and sell UK Perspectives, the countrywide aerial photography database.
Laser-Scan announced this week at the Oracle Spatial User Group at De Meern, the Netherlands, that Geodan signed up to Laser-Scan's growing Partner Network. This partnership extends Laser-Scan's partner network in the Netherlands where other Geodan partners' Intergraph and MapInfo are already resellers for Radius Topology. Geodan will build on Laser-Scan's initial entry into the Dutch market where they have already started work with City of Amsterdam. In particular, Laser-Scan will strengthen their commitment to providing eGovernment solutions across EMEA by focusing on public sector in the Netherlands through Geodan.
ER Mapper announced full integration capabilities with the Google Earth viewer. Terabytes of imagery served by ER Mapper's Image Web Server can easily be accessed by the Google Earth viewer. Image Web Server is an enterprise image delivery and integration solution that serves large volumes of image data via a Local Area Network or the Internet.
Intergraph announced Jilin Electric Power Co. Ltd has selected Intergraph to extend automated facilities management to all of China's Jilin Province, serving more than 27 million customers. Using G/Technology, Jilin Electric will be able to streamline the management of its transmission and distribution workflows, enabling enterprisewide access to data.
Wallingford Software has unveiled its web server strategy for FloodWorks, the company's real-time flood forecasting and warning system. The strategy builds on the functionality introduced in version 4.5 of FloodWorks in August this year to enable remote users to access flood risk data via their web browser. Future development phases will extend remote functionality to include the ability to commission flood forecasts and edit flood data remotely.
Infoterra, provider of geographic information products and services, announced the availability of new elevation data of the City of London and the surrounding areas out to the M25.
Infoterra's London Heights data was captured during Summer 2005 so the full extent of vegetation cover has been acquired. “Collecting data during the summer ensures accurate foliage detail is captured which is crucial for environmental programmes, 'line of sight' analysis and subsidence risk assessment,” explains Dr. Andy Wells, marketing director, Infoterra Ltd.
The U.S. Geological Survey is among nine organizations that will share a $12.9 million award from the federal government's Joint Fire Science Program for an interdisciplinary, 5-year research project that will explore ways to improve the health of sagebrush rangelands across the Great Basin in the western United States. The project, known as SageSTEP (Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project), is a collaboration among the U.S. Geological Survey, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, University of Reno-Nevada, Brigham Young University, USDA Forest Service, USDA Agriculture Research Service, and Bureau of Land Management.
Ordnance Survey secures London's bid for mapping services Transport, planning and other key government services across London will harness the power of Ordnance Survey's latest geographic data with the signing of a landmark three-year agreement. Highly detailed topographic, address and transport network data will provide a comprehensive integrated framework to support long-term decision making and front-line services, benefiting millions of people throughout the capital.
RaveGeo, the map compression and streaming technology from Idevio, has now been approved by the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV). At the same time, FMV has also ordered a large number of RaveGeo licenses.
MapInfo Corporation announced that three premier businesses, Cole Haan, Loehmann's Incorporated and Friedman Jewelers, have recently selected its technology for target marketing programs which include site selection and sales forecasting.
Overwatch Geospatial Operations, formerly Sensor Systems, announced its upcoming RemoteView Users Group Conference on November 15-16, 2005, in Dulles, Virginia. At the conference, Overwatch Geospatial Operations will demonstrate many of the new functions that have been added to the RemoteView software package.
View the conference agenda or register to attend or call 703.437.7651. The registration fee is $235 per person, but there is a discounted rate of $775 for organizations that wish to register four attendees. Overwatch Geospatial Operations has reserved a block of rooms for conference participants at the Dulles Embassy Suites.
MapInfo Corporation, global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced that the Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company is using MapInfo solutions to expand advertising and circulation opportunities.
The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company (ETPC) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper publisher serving more than 105,000 subscribing suburban households north of Boston, Mass. Faced with an increasingly dynamic marketplace where neighborhoods no longer purchased the same newspapers as previous decades, the century-old company turned to MapInfo to conduct a comprehensive study of the marketplace.
iSECUREtrac Corp., provider of offender monitoring solutions utilizing global positioning systems (GPS) and wireless technologies, reported third quarter 2005 revenues of $1.37 million, a 6% increase over the third quarter of 2004. Recurring revenues from the leasing and hosting of monitoring systems were $1.18 million for the third quarter, an increase of 24% over the comparable period last year. Year to date, total revenues were $3.83 million, a 13% increase over the same period a year ago. The Company reported net loss of $1.02 million and $3.05 million, respectively, for the three and nine months ending September 30, 2005, compared to net losses of $1.61 and $7.78 million for the same periods last year.
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