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September 15, 2003
Books, Books and More Books About GIS
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Welcome to GISWeekly! Some cruising on the Internet has revealed some GIS-related books published in 2003 that you might want to take a look at in this week's Industry News.

GISWeekly examines select top news each week, picks out worthwhile reading from around the web, and special interest items you might not find elsewhere. This issue will feature Industry News, Alliances/Acquisitions, Announcements, Appointments, Awards, New Products, Featured Downloads, Going on Around the Web, and Calendar.

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Susan Smith, Managing Editor

Industry News

Books, Books and More Books About GIS

Books have survived the onslaught of technology advancement and continue to be purchased in addition to all the other tantalizing forms of media we have today. I have a special interest in books, as I have been in publishing most of my adult life. I've published a number of fiction titles for young people and most recently, when I'm not being the editor of GISWeekly, am working on a geology book of New Mexico for kids for a university press.

After taking several years' hiatus from writing books, I am amazed at how little time I spend in an actual library now. I used to have a once-a-week commitment to the library, and a stack of library books a mile high to refer to. Now, I search the Internet, visit specific geology sites, check out their reading lists and the book reviews, and order the books online, new or used.

The fact that books are surviving, even within technology, pleases me immensely. People obviously want to see things in print. The Internet provides us with an opportunity to fill certain content needs - the dispersal of current news, cataloguing of masses of information, lively commentaries on the state of GIS and new breakthroughs in technology-and to do a lot of research.

But books are a time-honored vehicle for education and entertainment. I take a book out of the shrinkwrap, out of the Amazon.com box, and hold it reverently, sniffing the open pages for that clean, crisp, exciting smell. To curl up on the couch with a new book, whose spine still creaks with newness when you open it, is a pleasure like none other.

Some cruising on the Internet has revealed some GIS-related books published in 2003 that you might want to take a look at. Some have not yet been released, let alone reviewed.

Also, if you have read any of the books mentioned, may I invite you to send GISWeekly an informal review - what do you think of the book? Would you recommend it to others, and why? What were the most outstanding points about this book? What didn't you like about it? Can you recommend other books published in 2003?

Advanced Spatial Analysis: The CASA Book of GIS by Editors Paul Longley and Michael Batty, ESRI Press, July 2003 ISBN: 1589480732

Edited by Paul A. Longley, professor of geographic information science at University College, London, and acting deputy director of CASA and Michael Batty, director of CASA and a professor of spatial analysis and planning at University College, London, this book describes the latest developments in GIS applications at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College, London. CASA's work involves cutting edge solutions to GIS application problems in fields such as urban planning, economic development and transportation. Virtual reality reconstructions for Egyptian archaeological research and how the modeling of spatial events such as football games and carnivals can be
accomplished using agent-based modeling, simulating the paths of pedestrians and local traffic to give us knowledge about crowd behavior are featured case studies.

Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation

Thomas M. Lillesand (Author),
Ralph W. Kiefer (Author)

Published by Wiley; 5th edition, October 2003 ISBN: 0471152277 (not yet released)

From Book News, Inc.

An introduction to remote sensing for upper division students studying earth resource management. This revised and updated edition expands the discussion of such topics as photointerpretation strategies, hyperspectral scanning, classification accuracy assessment, and new satellite systems. It also greatly increases the emphasis on the intimate two-way relationship between remote sensing and GIS. There are many new line drawings and photographic illustrations, and over half of the (24) color plates are new. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Int Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol 21/16, 2000

"It remains an excellent book and to have it updated is very valuable...It is nice to see a good book being updated." --This text refers to the
Hardcover edition.

East View Cartographic announced this week that it has published first in a series of books called Terrain Analysis of Afghanistan, which will eventually be followed by similar geographic analysis books for additional countries such as Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, China, and others. The contents of this 390 page volume are derived from detailed ground level survey work of Afghanistan performed during the 1980's by the Soviet military mapping agency VTU (Military-Topographic Directorate).

This type of information has been virtually nonexistent previously and provides many companies, governmental agencies, NGO's, individuals and others who will be involved in helping the government of Hamid Karzai in the rebuilding of Afghanistan with a valuable resource. As mentioned in our
August 4, 2003 newsletter, Much of this type of work requires a search for cartographic products, such as NIMA products, and vector data. Sometimes agencies must create their own vector data. The Russian military maps have been used extensively, but there has not been, to date, published local terrain analysis of Afghanistan.

Published in English for the first time, this book provides sub-province local terrain analysis with detailed reports for 128 local regions, each of which corresponds to a specific region of Afghanistan defined by Soviet/Russian topographic maps at 1:200,000 scale. An individual map quadrangle covers an area measuring approximately 74 by 92 kilometers (40 minutes lat. by 60 minutes long.), with the name of each area based on the English translation of the largest population center appearing on the map. The narrative information contained in this volume overwhelmingly comes from terrain analysis studies appearing on the verso side of the above-mentioned maps.

For each of the 128 map sheets there exist six categories of information. They are:

1. Populated Places describes populated centers ranging from small towns and villages to major cities and includes local road and street conditions, building characteristic, water resources, housing density, sanitary conditions, telecommunications infrastructure and population levels.

2. Roads describes road and bridge conditions throughout the country and includes load capacities, surface materials (e.g. dirt, gravel, asphalt), width of the roads and beds in meters, elevation ranges, and passage conditions as impacted by change of seasons, snow, and flooding etc.

3. Topography and Soils contains localized analysis of soil and terrain conditions including altitude and slope characteristics for mountainous areas, types of soils (e.g. sandy, clay), water table levels, river bottom conditions, and seismic activity.

4. Hydrology describes major rivers in each area including widths, depths, and flow rates, along with banks/islands, silting, freezing, pollution, and other conditions which can affect their passage or usage.

5. Vegetation is described as to whether it is grassy, forested, shrubs, and other. Tree heights and types are identified, as are the predominant types of grasses and the crops that are raised in each area by local farmers.

6. Climate ranges in Afghanistan range from subtropical and continental to wintery and mountain arid. Temperature ranges are chronicled by season along with snow, rainfall, and wind conditions.

This book is being offered at the special sale price of US $295 per copy plus shipping. To obtain more details regarding this publication, please go to the following locations on our website.




Introduction to Geographic Information Systems by Kang Tsung Chang , McGraw Hill, ISBN: 0072528117 May 2003 (no reviews on it yet)

Making Community Connections- The Orton Family Foundation Community Mapping Program, Published by ESRI Press, written by The Orton Family Foundation, ISBN: 1-58948-071-6

This book was scheduled for release July 1, 2003, yet Amazon says it has not yet been released. It can still be ordered in advance, however. This is intended for teams of teachers and students who want to work together with community members to study community resources such as habitats, rivers, ski resorts, and demonstrates how to gather and examine existing information and use GIS/GPS tools for mapping. The Orton Family Foundation is dedicated to helping communities plan their own environments, and thus the book draws readers into holding public forums and developing a body of research to be used in community planning.

The Orton Family Foundation is a nonprofit, private foundation working with rural communities as they cope with rapid economic, social, and environmental change. Their mission is to provide rural America with the tools they need to undertake responsible rural and land use planning. Their contribution comes in the form of programs and projects that communities can use in planning discussions and decision-making. See
GIS For Communities, December 2000, GISVision


Proxity Digital Networks, Inc. (OTC PINKSHEETS: PDNW) announced its wholly owned subsidiary On Alert Systems, Inc. has amended it strategic alliance agreement and entered into an exclusive license agreement with E-City Software, Inc. (OTC PINKSHEETS:ECTY)


Satellite image of Ground Zero, Manhattan, New York

Image courtesy of Space Imaging.

A call for papers has been issued for the 2004 GeoTec Event. Abstract submissions are due by September 15, 2003. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length, and they must include author(s) name, title, affiliation, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.
Submissions should be made via the online abstract submittal form, which is available on the GeoTec Event's Web site (
http://www.geoplace.com/gt/), or via e-mail attachment to
Email Contact.

Space Imaging released a new IKONOS satellite image of Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, New York. The image, taken on Sept. 7, 2003, is the most recent of a half dozen aftermath images that have been collected during the past two years to document the initial attack and cleanup efforts following the destruction of the 1,350-foot World Trade Center towers. The long shadows from the high-rise buildings surrounding the area are due to the Fall sun angle. The image has been rotated north down for better viewing.

The first class of Certified GIS Professionals will be presented at the 2003 URISA Conference in Atlanta. The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) will present its inaugural class of Certified GIS Professionals during the Opening Ceremony, October 13th, of URISA's 41st Annual Conference in Atlanta. After an extensive Pilot Program, the GISCI is pleased to announce that the program -- where points are awarded according to Education, Professional Experience, and Contributions to the Industry -- is now finalized.

Here is a new satellite image of the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran. This is a 60 cm natural color satellite image of the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran. The image was collected by DigitalGlobe's high-resolution imaging satellite, QuickBird, on June 8, 2003. U.N. inspectors have found traces of highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium at Natanz, a senior diplomat said Tuesday Aug. 26, 2003, citing a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Image credit: DigitalGlobe.

Autodesk Location Services, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), announced the company has launched its location-enabling web services aligned with the OpenGIS® Location Services (OpenLS™) implementation specification. The OpenLS specification defines a XML-based standard for building location-based applications. Autodesk LocationLogic™ XML Web Services helps developers to create new, or location-enable existing, applications on the Autodesk Location Services platform, Autodesk LocationLogic™. Officially adopted by the Open GIS Consortium (OGC), the OpenLS implementation specification is the de-facto industry standard addressing the core geo-services
used in
location-based services (LBS). Earlier this year Autodesk was recognized by the OGC as a co-author of the specification.

SANZ ) announced that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Denver, Colorado has purchased and installed an EarthWhere(TM), multi user, spatial data provisioning system. The USGS Rocky Mountain Mapping Center (RMMC) is using EarthWhere as part of its core information technology infrastructure to create custom digital maps and imagery datasets that support a variety of government-wide projects, including homeland security and wildfire management. This particular system combines the SANZ EarthWhere software application integrated by SANZ with a multi-terabyte StorageTek ASM (Application
Storage Manager) appliance.


NovaLIS Technologies - a provider of integrated land records management solutions - is pleased to announce Neil Benoit has joined the company as Northeastern Regional Sales Manager. Benoit's geographic responsibilities include coverage of the New England states, as well as New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.

Gary Eaton, senior vice president of Sanborn, a geographic information system (GIS) and photogrammetry industry leader, announced the appointment of Louie G. "Lou" Bush as regional sales manager for the southeast. The appointment is effective immediately.


ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has received a subcontract for approximately $1.5 million from VSE Corporation for mobile, rapid-deploy LINKWAY(R) satellite terminals. Using the terminals, military camera crews will be able to quickly and securely transmit video and still imagery from forward military areas to headquarters and command locations in the field, as well as back to the U.S. ViaSat will also provide system engineering, integration, installation services, and training in the U.S. and abroad.

Michael Baker Corporation announced that Michael Baker Jr., Inc., its engineering unit, has been selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, as the preferred firm to negotiate a contract to serve as the Program Manager to develop, plan, manage, implement, and monitor the Multi-Hazard Flood Map Modernization (MHFMM) Program for flood hazard mitigation across the United States and its territories. The maximum contract value is $750 million over five years.

The Department of National Defence's Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE) was recently presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada's annual ESRI Regional User Conference in Ottawa. Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, the leading geographic information systems (GIS) provider in Canada, presented the Award in recognition of how the MCE's deployed Geomatics Support Teams have used ArcGIS technology in support of the Canadian Forces operations. More than 150 GIS professionals were on hand for the presentation, which was one of the highlights of the conference.

Z/I Imaging Corporation, an Intergraph Company announced that Aero-Metric, Inc. (Sheboygan, WI) has purchased the Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera (DMC(TM)) system, which provides a complete digital workflow for data acquisition that includes mission planning, sensor management, digital imagery processing and photogrammetric software. A leading photogrammetric engineering firm for Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Aero-Metric's range of services include aerial photography, photogrammetry, survey and customized, specialty services for satellite imagery processing and remote sensing. As the recipient of a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contract to
shoreline mapping services, Aero-Metric will use the DMC to produce maps for some of the estimated 95,000 miles of U.S. shoreline or any of the nation's 48 major ports. By utilizing the DMC with its innovative framing technology and multi-use sensor, Aero-Metric can capture large-, medium- and small-scale imagery with a reduced number of photoflights while ensuring highly accurate input for the downstream processes.

New Products

SiRF Technology, Inc., provider of GPS-enabled silicon and software location platforms, and GeoMicro, Inc., a provider of desktop and Internet mapping solutions, today began offering GeoLocator, a free software utility that makes it easier for users of SiRF's SiRFLoc™-enabled, Java-equipped mobile phones to get where they want to go. Demonstrating the power of Location-Based Services (LBS), the GeoLocator Java application instantly displays the distance and compass heading to any U.S. street address tapped into the phone, as well as the address nearest the user's current location.

Pharos Science & Applications Inc., a provider of portable GPS navigation and location-based services, is introducing Smart Navigator, the first Web-based service to combine GPS navigation, real-time traffic and dynamic points-of-interest lookup for users of Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs as well as Pocket PCs with integrated phone capabilities. To mark the launch of Smart Navigator, Pharos is offering the service for free through the end of 2003.

Sarantel has launched SmartAntenna F02, its latest integrated antenna-receiver for global positioning applications. This groundbreaking module provides a complete solution for OEMs who need to build GPS into their end-products, without investing time and effort into designing their own. Additionally the ability of the GeoHelix antenna to operate predictably close to human tissue, makes this new device ideal for personal positioning applications.

UCLID Software announced a new, more convenient way for GIS professionals to try Swipe It! for ArcGIS. Swipe It! is an ArcMap extension for entering and editing attributes. Users are invited to send sample scanned documents to SwipeIt@uclid.com. UCLID's analysts will run the Swipe It! trial to determine the amount of time saved on attribute editing. Swipe It! for ArcGIS works with engineering files, utility drawings, property legal descriptions - any document with GIS data.

TerraPoint® LLC unveiled its upgraded Airborne Laser Topographic Mapping System (ALTMS) incorporating five technical advancements that enable the company to continue providing the highest quality LiDAR elevation data available on the commercial market. TerraPoint has built and upgraded four ALTMS units that are currently deployed on operational projects around the world.

GE Power Systems introduces its ZEHPlot for Smallworld™ application software. This new Smallworld product, offered by GE's Network Reliability Services business, brings Raster Image Processing (RIP) technology to the Smallworld user to allow complex images to be converted into a simple format for printing, without distorting the quality of the image. This software product addresses the need to produce high quality plots in a timely fashion, in a variety of formats, using a host of devices.

The latest developments in the field of generalisation will be on show at Intergeo 2003. Laser-Scan will be demonstrating its generalisation capabilities plus a preview of its forthcoming automatic text placement product: ClearText.

Featured Downloads

GISCafe has many popular
Downloads in various categories. Visitors are encouraged to go to the site and add new downloads or update their old ones.

Viewing Software

ScheMaPic from Wheatley Associates is a versatile solution for displaying, panning, zooming and overlaying images on any hand held PC running Symbian© or Windows CE©. Images can be either maps, schematics, graphs indeed anything that can be encoded as a vector graphic.

Going on Around the Web...

Lag of Data to Grid Operator May be Key to Blackout NY Times (registration required) by Matthew L. Wald, Sept. 4, 2003-- An important element in the Aug. 14 blackout may have been the inability of the consortium that manages the Midwest regional grid to learn about all the transmission line failures in Ohio and to adjust the system accordingly for 64 minutes before the system's collapse, according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

21st Century Cars Hit the Road Business Week (registration required) Special Report, September 5, 2003 - From on-board radar and Wi-Fi to electronic steering, amazing technologies already here or soon coming promise to create a new automotive era “Every new car will come with a computer-like screen mounted on the dash. It'll display a navigation system that uses a global positioning satellite plus
onboard DVDs to provide directions, maps, and information on hotels, hospitals, and restaurants. The video screen also "will show you certain features within the car and connect to other devices such as PDAs and cell phones," says Thilo Koslowski, San Jose (Calif.)-based lead vice-president in the automotive group for business-advisory firm Gartner G2.”

SCO's Next Target: SGI? CNET.com News September 5, 2003--SCO Group, which has sued IBM for more than $3 billion for allegedly moving Unix code into Linux, may also have Silicon Graphics in its crosshairs.

A Must See-and-Hear --
Casting a Cold Eye on Arctic Oil Oil Drilling Debate Interactive Feature by Nicholas D. Kristof in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - September 10, 2003 NY Times (registration required) Op-ED Kristof says this is the most important environmental debate of the century about the “wildest part of America. Humans are not landlords here, they are guests. There are no human footprints, no campsites.”

Going on in September...

SmartCard Teleconference Events

Date: September 4, 2003

Place: USA

"Ask the Experts" Roundtable teleconference

2003 South Florida GIS Expo

Date: September 4 - 5, 2003

Place: West Palm Beach, FL USA

The South Florida GIS Expo is an annual conference sponsored by the Palm Beach County Countywide GIS Forum which hosts GIS-related technical and educational presentations. This event could not happen without the volunteers that work on the various GIS Expo Committees. As this event continues to grow regionally, our volunteer support has expanded to include staff from the four counties in this region, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Broward and Martin. We also get substantial support from several municipalities and other government and private agencies in the South Florida region.

International Map Trade Association Americas Annual Conference & Trade Show

Date: September 7 - 10, 2003

Place: Santa Barbara, CA USA

The International Map Trade Association (IMTA) fully represents the international mapping, geospatial, and geographic information industry. Membership includes data and content providers, publishers/manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Members from over 50 countries and 6 continents, representing over 800 companies and organizations, join together to foster individual and industry growth.

International PROGIS Partner and VIP Conference

Date: September 10 - 12, 2003

Place: Hotel Karnerhof, Egg am Faaker Australia

Access to selected markets with the WinGIS 2003 Product line from PROGIS

  • Update on PROGIS and future directions

  • Detailed look on the PROGIS product line for the rural areas

  • WinGIS 2003 - a breakthrough

  • WinGIS 2003 add on modules (Isomodule, Desma, WinQUERY etc….) WinGIS & i/net

  • Distributor, Dealer and Enduser Workshop

  • Discussions with international GIS - Experts

  • ESRI Latin American User Conference

    Date: September 10 - 12, 2003

    Place: Santa Cruz, Bolivia

    FME Training Surrey

    Date: September 11 - 12, 2003

    Place: (Safe Headoffice) BC , Canada
    Learn from the source how to use the core components of the Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) through hands-on training. During our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) training course, attendees learn to unlock the powerful features and functionalities of FME to more effectively manage their data translation and data transformation problems. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are encouraged to bring their own sample data files.

    GeoSolutions 2003

    Date: September 16 - 18, 2003

    Place: Earls Court 1 London, England, United Kingdom

    Now in it's 12th year, GeoSolutions 2003 in association with the AGI conference is Europe's leading event for professionals looking for business solutions through Geographic Information. Providing a single focus for the industry the event is Europe's leading educational and business forum, attracting over 3000 visitors last year from a diversity of markets.

    AGI Conference at GeoSolutions 2003:

    Date: September 16 - 18, 2003

    Place: Earls Court 1 London, United Kingdom

    The practical application and business use of Geographic Information (GI) for commercial property, retail, risk management and general business will be highlighted at this years' AGI Conference, held in association with the GeoSolutions 2003 event. The exhibition and conference will run be held at Earls Court, London UK from the 16 - 18th September 2003.

    Association of Pacific Coast Geographers 2003 Annual Meeting

    Date: September 17 - 20, 2003

    Place: Portland, OR USA

    Hosted by the Geography Department at Portland State University, the program will begin with an opening session featuring geographers from the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Portland State University who will be speaking on the general rubric of global and regional environmental change.

    Geospatial Intelligence Days

    Date: September 17 - 19, 2003

    Place: Intergraph 1881 Campus Commons Drive, Suite 410, Reston, VA 20191 USA

    Please join us for demonstrations and presentations designed to enhance your knowledge of Geospatial Intelligence. Please RSVP by calling 1-800-559-9261, or by following the link to the web site that provides a detailed agenda and on-line registration for your convenience. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Avenza Systems Training

    Date: September 18 - 19, 2003

    Place: Chicago, IL USA

    MAPublisher training using MAPublisher 5.0 on Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows. Given by Avenza technical and training staff.

    Digital Earth 2003

    Date: September 21 - 25, 2003

    Place: Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic

    Information Resources for Global Sustainability Knowledge, Networks, Technology, Economy, Society, Natural and Human Resources, Policy and Strategy

    Spatial Sciences 2003-Spatial Knowledge Without Boundaries

    Date: September 22 - 27, 2003

    Place: National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia

    Inaugural national conference addressing the interests of professionals in the fields of surveying, geographic information systems, mapping sciences and remote sensing.

    FME Training Calgary

    Date: September 22 - 23, 2003

    Place: Calgary, AB , Canada

    Learn from the source how to use the core components of the Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) through hands-on training. During our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) training course, attendees learn to unlock the powerful features and functionalities of FME to more effectively manage their data translation and data transformation problems. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are encouraged to bring their own sample data files.

    GITA 12th Annual GIS for Oil & Gas Conference

    Date: September 29, 2003

    Place: JW Marriott, Houston, TX USA

    September 29 - October 1 The two-and-a-half-day conference includes introductory and advanced workshops, information-packed educational sessions in concurrent tracks, and numerous exhibits showcasing the latest advances in GIS hardware, software, and services designed for use within the industry.

    You can find the full GISCafe event calendar here.

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    -- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.