February 24, 2003
Homeland Security and Duct Tape
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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U.S. Census Bureau has just created three new packages for researching American demographics:

- Census 2000 - designed for the person who only wants current 2000 data - but wants all of it

- Census Reference - created for the researcher who wants all of the Census data, as it was released, for 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000).

- Census Time Series Research - ideal for the researcher/analyst who needs to do time series analysis and wants all of the data from 1970, 1980, and 1990 converted to the 2000 boundaries for ease of use in comparing to the 2000 data.

GE Network Solutions announced the release of its Smallworld PowerOn Remote Dispatch 2.0 software product. As a main component of the Smallworld PowerOn product suite, the Smallworld PowerOn Remote Dispatch software is a web-based tool for dispatching work crews from remote service centers. The product provides full access to the Smallworld PowerOn map window and allows users to view outage orders, maintenance orders, crews, and network status information from a web browser. The Smallworld PowerOn Remote Dispatch 2.0 software features remote dispatching, planned switching, trouble call management, crew management and reporting capabilities.

Featured Downloads

GISCafe has many popular downloads in various categories that can be accessed directly by going to
http://www10.giscafe.com/link/display_categories.php Visitors are encouraged to go to the site and add new downloads or update their old ones.

Here are some web mapping downloads that you might not have noticed on our site.

RPC UkrEngGeodesy --GSRMS applet is a client part of WEB cartographic server. It can get data directly from database (Oracle Spatial) or from local files (ArcView shapes)

uismedia Lang & Müller-- MapViewSVG is an extension for ArcView 3.x and ArcGIS 8.x by ESRI. It gives you the opportunity to convert maps from ArcView/ArcGIS into the SVG format. You can then use these SVG files to publish them on the Web or on CD-ROM. MapViewSVG does not need any additional software on your Web Server.

Technologica, Ltd. -- Pure Java software for creation and management of applications delivering GIS services in an Internet/Intranet environment. Allows processing, extracting and visualization of data stored in Oracle Spatial, ESRI Shape files, and raster images. Free trial version is available

Letters from Readers

RE: GIS Report from Europe - An Interview with Jeff Thurston, February 3-7, 2003

Enjoyed your article, but it seems odd that Jeff is unaware of the significant project under the US Bureau of Land Management "
National Integrated Land System" (NILS) I am currently managing a provincial public/private data sharing project- with some similarity to SANGIS in San Diego County and METROGIS in the Minneapolis tri-cities area.

Also some significant work has been done in Canada in relation to public benefit from "free" against "chargeable" access to land data.

The Canadian equivalent to NILS is
GeoConnections, naturally with much smaller budget. However they did commission a very comprehensive study on the issue of data cost recovery that your readers should know about. The report is available at

Best regards,

Dilsher S. Virk

General Manager, ICIS

Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it. While the
National Integrated Land System (NILS) is formed and will be quite useful, it too is dependent upon participants contributing to the effort. I did look at NILS prior to writing the article but noticed it did not cover the whole U.S. and did not cover all types of data - more or less surveying data only. Nevertheless, it is a very good system and I am glad you wrote.

However, the problem that remains is - how does a whole country acquire seamless data that is kept up to date? And how do we go about acquiring it and maintaining it fee or not? I may be wrong Dilsher, but I do not believe BLM or USGS is receiving additional funding for this project. Instead, it revolves around agencies and companies developing a system to access information - which by the way is wonderful! For those people in the western U.S. this is a good source of cadastral information.

For those of you not familiar with a recent study in Canada regarding spatial information I would draw your attention the document prepared by KPMG entitled Geo-spatial Data Policy Study (
http://cgdi.gc.ca/english/supportive/KPMG/KPMG.pdf ). For those interested in recent papers and the discussion of similar issues in the U.K. you can find these at the British Ordnance Survey (
For other cost recovery related information look to Geoconnexion (
http://www.geoconnexion.com/magazine/article.asp?ID=610 ). Similar arguments are often put forward for 'Free GIS' software (i.e. under GNU license), but there are varying opinions about what constitutes 'free'. In a data context, free must embrace elements of quality. Free outdated and poor quality data is not much use. The cost of providing high quality, useful data is the point and lies at the heart of the issue - and how that gets paid for.

Maybe we should hold an open forum on GISWeekly on the issue! It would be interesting to read and hear the comments. There are advantages and disadvantages to every side.

Jeff Thurston, MSc.

Berlin, Germany

tel. 49(030)

Dear Susan-- Great idea and format. It is concise and makes it easier to be aware of the tech market. I am just finishing my ed. in MCSE and this helps keep me better informed. Thanks --Michael Waters

Around the Web

Papers for CORP2003&GeoMultimedia03 are available online-

The Bush administration signed off Friday, February 14, on the final version of the United States' strategy for protecting the Internet and securing information systems. The policy statement, called the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, calls for the government to work with private industry to create an emergency response system to cyberattacks and to reduce the nation's vulnerability to such threats.

Nokia is laying off 550 employees in its network equipment-making division because of a "reduced need for hardware R&D work," according to the handset maker.

www.upfrontezine.com/icad upFront.eZine Publishing, Ltd. announces the launch of Tailoring IntelliCAD, the first e-book written for new and experienced IntelliCAD users. The 160-page e-book contains step-by-step tutorials for learning how to customize the popular CAD (computer-aided design) software. Tailoring IntelliCAD is published exclusively in Adobe Acrobat format

Going on this Week

Date: February 21 - 22, 2003

Place: Budapest, Hungary

Planning, Documentation, EU-Subsidies (InVeKos), Logistics and Precision Farming with easy to handle GIS-Programs of the European Specialist.

Date: February 25 - 28, 2003

Place: Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria

CORP is an interdisciplinary event with participants coming from various fields, e.g. spatial planning, geography, economy, transport, computer science, architecture, humanities, etc.

Date: February 25, 2003

Place: Auckland, New Zealand

Email Contact to register

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