February 27, 2006
OGC Adopts GMLJP2 Standard
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support for FreeType fonts, including multibyte Asian characters. New LOCATIONs can be auto-generated by EPSG code number. GRASS is integrated with GDAL/OGR libraries to support an extensive range of raster and vector formats, including OGC-conformal Simple Features.
Ekahau Inc., provider of a Wi-Fi based Real Time Location System (RTLS) solution and Site Survey tools, announced the new version 2.2 of Ekahau Site Survey (ESS). The updated version can now provide large enterprises with better survey capabilities for large-scale networks.
Webraska, a provider of mobile GPS navigation solutions and high-end geospatial software platforms for wireless carriers and major service providers worldwide, announced that Orange has selected Webraska's new Webraska Navigation 6 software for the upcoming version of its Orange Navigation solution.
Letters to the Editor
I applaud your article regarding Landsat, and your proper emphasis on Landsat 5. It is impossible to overemphasize how much the tough decisions mankind will be forced to make regarding climate change and overall carrying capacity will be based upon that single mission.
What most people do not realize, however, is that the ability to continue Landsat collection over Africa, Russia, and elsewhere continues to fall through the cracks. Numerous ground stations have expressed a willingness to collect the data (limited to line of sight because of tape recorder failure long ago) and give it back to the U.S., but current policy would require them to pay the $50,000 certification and ongoing collection fees. And yet we utterly waste money jabbering about GEOSS, and emphasize manned space flight to Mars instead.
The U.S. needs to wake up to the fact that a Landsat replacement is still "over the horizon,” and work with partners to collect this invaluable baseline data now. Our decision-making for the future - and the world we pass along - will benefit immensely.
Around the Web
New Orleans' Residents want Homes, but Data is a Start, Charles Babcock, December 12, 2005, Information Week - Since Katrina, city inspectors have scrambled to get information posted online.
Web Services Upend Old Ideas About the Little Guy's Role, Steve Lohr, February 21, 2006, The New York Times (registration required) - The second-generation Internet technologies - combined with earlier tools like the Web itself and e-mail - are drastically reducing the cost of communicating, finding things and distributing and receiving services online.
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