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Esri Releases New Version of ArcGIS for AutoCAD GIS | GPS World

Esri Releases New Version of ArcGIS for AutoCAD GIS | GPS World | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
Esri announced the latest release of ArcGIS for AutoCAD plug-in, Esri's free AutoCAD plug-in, improves the ability to exchange data and information between the ArcGIS and AutoCAD platforms.
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Esri DC Development Center plans | GeoIQ Blog

Esri DC Development Center plans | GeoIQ Blog | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

Esri is totally shifting to focus on making geography ubiquitous and geographic knowledge ubiquitous in institutions and in society in general.

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Esri and PCI Geomatics Imagery Grant Program to Support Natural Resources Management

The Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program will accept applications September 1 through November 16, 2012.
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Greening livestock

Greening livestock | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
This report on Greening livestock: Assessing the potential of payment for environmental services in livestock inclusive agricultural production systems in developing countries was released by the I...
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What is the OGC? | ArcGIS Resource Center

What is the OGC? | ArcGIS Resource Center | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

We share the Earth, so we need to be able to communicate information about the Earth. Communication means “transmitting or exchanging through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior.” Standardization means “agreeing on a common system.” Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) activities all involve diverse organizations seeking agreement on common systems of sharing geospatial data and geoprocessing instructions.

 

The OGC is an inclusive international consortium of more than 460 companies (including Esri), government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. The OGC provides a consensus process that enable information domains such as aviation, meteorology, emergency and disaster management, hydrology, mobile location services, and sensor webs to collaborate on an international basis to solve geospatial data sharing and interoperability issues in their respective domains. Many application communities, building on their earlier data coordination efforts, have developed community-specific OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) application schemas (AIXM for avaiation, GeoSciML for geosciences, WaterML 2.0 for hydrology, etc.).

 

At the core of the OGC consensus process is the ability to partner in a non-competitive, neutral environment. National mapping agencies partner to solve problems involved in National Spatial Data Infrastructures. Competing vendors partner to share the costs of creating open standards for interfaces and encodings, thus freeing up development resources for other projects that offer customers greater value. Water management agencies and hydrologists from different countries partner to create standards that enable national and international sharing of information about water resources. Companies and agencies of many types work together in OGC working groups focused on topics such as semantics, workflow, security, and data quality.

 

As spatial technologies grow in importance, the OGC’s sphere of activity keeps expanding. The editors of the Esri Developer Network have invited OGC staff to provide a series of blog posts to familiarize Esri developers with some of these activities. In our posts, we’ll touch on the history of the OGC, highlight various standards, describe Esri’s implementations of OGC standards (and how OGC standards relate to ISO standards and others), and discuss some of the issues that OGC members are currently focused on.

 

Esri developers have a long history of significant accomplishments across the spectrum of geospatial technology application domains. We hope that you will find our OGC posts to the Esri blog interesting and useful, and we look forward to your comments!

 

Carl Reed

Executive Director, Standards Program, CTO

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)


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Using ArcGIS Online in Geodesign | Esri Video

Using ArcGIS Online in Geodesign | Esri Video | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
Bern Szukalski of Esri demonstrates ArcGIS Online, its new capabilities, and how geodesign practitioners can benefit from using the software.
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Tecnologia agiliza processo de elaboração de mapas - EXAME.com

Tecnologia agiliza processo de elaboração de mapas - EXAME.com | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
Mapeamento Digital de Solos ajuda pedólogos, diminuindo o tempo e o custo necessário para se elaborar um mapa...
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Scientists can help tackle food insecurity as climate changes. Here’s how. | CGIAR Climate

Scientists can help tackle food insecurity as climate changes. Here’s how. | CGIAR Climate | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

There are key areas where scientific knowledge is needed to help pave the way for strategic, sustainable investments in climate-resilient agricultural production systems and low-waste supply chains that also deliver adequate nutrition.

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Making Beautiful Maps

In the Making Beautiful Maps session at the 2012 Esri International User Conference, we introduced some special cartographic effects that will add a professional touch to your maps and really help you to get your message across! Stunning cartography coupled with your authoritative content can capture the interest of your map readers and give you the opportunity you need to tell your story. Think you can’t make beautiful maps with GIS? In this session, we showed you how you can! Download a PDF of the presentation we gave to see what was covered in this popular session.


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Years After Slash and Burn, Brazil Haunted by 'Black Carbon' - ScienceNOW

Years After Slash and Burn, Brazil Haunted by 'Black Carbon' - ScienceNOW | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

Although nearly 40 years have passed since Brazil banned slash-and-burn practices in its Atlantic Forest, the destruction lingers. New research reveals that charred plant material is leaching out of the soil and into rivers, eventually making its way to the ocean. 

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Thinking Outside the Map | Esri Insider

Thinking Outside the Map | Esri Insider | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

By definition, maps are abstractions of geography. For centuries, these abstractions have proven to be invaluable to humans: information stored in map form has helped us communicate geographically and make better decisions. Maps have certainly played a key role in the advancement of humankind.

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Geography as a Platform | Esri Insider

Geography as a Platform | Esri Insider | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

Geography is our platform for understanding the world.  GIS is making geography come alive. GIS condenses down all of our data, our information, our knowledge, and our science into a kind of language that we can easily understand: maps.

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Clinton Foundation | Up Close : Clinton Climate Initiative Receives 2012 Special Achievement in GIS Award

Clinton Foundation | Up Close : Clinton Climate Initiative Receives 2012 Special Achievement in GIS Award | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
Last month at the Esri International User Conference, Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) received the 2012 Special Achievements in GIS Award.
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Amazon Web Services Blog: New Whitepaper: Mapping and GeoSpatial Analysis in the Cloud Using ArcGIS

Amazon Web Services Blog: New Whitepaper: Mapping and GeoSpatial Analysis in the Cloud Using ArcGIS | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
Esri is one of the leaders in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) industry and one of the largest privately held software companies focused on mapping and geospatial applications in the world with offices in more than 100 countries.
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In Maps We Trust

In Maps We Trust | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

Of all the different types of data visualisation, maps* seem to have the best reputation. I think people are much less likely to trust a pie chart, for example, than a map. In a sense, this is amazing given that all maps are abstractions from reality. They can never tell the whole truth and are nearly all based on data with some degree of uncertainty that will vary over large geographic areas. An extreme interpretation of this view is that all maps are wrong- in which case we shouldn’t bother making them. A more moderate view (and the one I take) is that maps are never perfect so we need to create and use them responsibly – not making them at all would make us worse off. This responsibility criterion is incredibly important because of the high levels of belief people have in maps. You have to ask: What are the consequences of the map you have made? Now that maps are easier than ever to produce, they risk losing their lofty status as some of the most trusted data visualisations if those making them stop asking themselves this tough question.

 

Map projections are by far the most common “white lies” told by map makers. If a 3D image of the human body were projected in a similar way it would look unrecognisable and people would say it is an unfair representation of the human form. Far fewer, however, would question the use of the Mercator projection (used by the majority of web-maps) when mapping cases of malaria in spite of the way it shrinks the equatorial regions relative to those closer to the poles. Map projections cannot be avoided but they can be appropriately selected to provide the most reasonable representation of the world for the data being visualised......


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Georeferencing on a Budget: Using iPhone and Freeware Apps to Geotag a Mountain of Image Files - Directions Magazine

Georeferencing on a Budget: Using iPhone and Freeware Apps to Geotag a Mountain of Image Files - Directions Magazine | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
As flood waters rose on the Missouri River in July 2011, emergency management officials needed to quickly access images for monitoring flood stages and for search and recovery. But how to do it fast and on a miniscule budget?
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Basic Uses of GIS

Basic Uses of GIS | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
What are the basic uses of GIS? This article reviews some of the most common and basic users of GIS including mapping data, proximity ...
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ArcGIS Online Provides a Platform for Mapping for the Masses | Sensors & Systems -

ArcGIS Online Provides a Platform for Mapping for the Masses | Sensors & Systems - | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

Nesta entrevista, Jack Dangermond fala sobre o trabalho que tem sido desenvolvido pela Esri em direção ao Software as a Service (SaaS) e quais os impactos no mercado Geoespacial.

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InfoAmazonia: o desafio dos dados atualizados

InfoAmazonia: o desafio dos dados atualizados | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
Nas últimas semanas, a equipe do projeto de mapas interativos de ((o))eco realizou sua primeira atualização nos dados sobre desmatamento e fogo. Veja como foi feito e navegue pelas informações mais recentes.
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Lavoura rastreada | Unica

Empresas apostam no monitoramento via satélite para controlar a produtividade e certificar a produção.

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USAID Development Data Available on ArcGIS Online

USAID Development Data Available on ArcGIS Online | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

Last month, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the agency’s first-ever crowdsourcing initiative to clean and map development data such as guarantees, loans disbursed, and available financing. 

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GIS without the Box | Esri Insider

GIS without the Box | Esri Insider | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

It’s now possible to leverage and tap into the power of GIS maps and capabilities without having to install any software, or manage hardware and infrastructure. By using ArcGIS online in the cloud, any developer can successfully build and deploy Web and mobile applications without needing anything but a Web connection—one way to think of it is that it’s GIS, but without the box.

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Deforestation drops in the Brazilian Amazon (again) : Nature News Blog

Deforestation drops in the Brazilian Amazon (again) : Nature News Blog | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
The numbers just keep going down: Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has fallen 23 percent over the past year, according to an initial – and highly uncertain – analysis released Thursday by the Brazilian government.  Read more...
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