You’d have trouble finding a business that doesn’t use data every day to make decisions. The range of activities businesses use data for is seemingly endless, from marketing and customer acquisition to risk management and internal process analysis. The use of data is second nature. Once businesses have exhausted their spreadsheets, how can they use …
Australia: During the recent visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Australia, a joint statement was issued by the two countries which mentioned the various matters discussed during the meet.
Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in their joint statement stated that both the countries aim to strengthen cooperation in the areas of space and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), establish an official ICT policy dialogue, and strengthen cooperation for the promotion of geospatial information project using the Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS).
The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is a Japanese regional satellite navigation system developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The aim of QZSS is to enhance the current availability and performance of GNSS typically over Japan, and also covers parts of Australia.
Google has finally added 3D imagery to London, and it appears they’ve done a great job with it. As with other recent cities, it appears that their techniques for creating this imagery continue to improve and London seems to be the best-looking 3D city we’ve seen so far! In particular, streets are smoother than many …
OGC Announces New Geospatial User Feedback Standards Working GroupJULY 17, 2014 / MATT ARTZ
Members of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) have formed an OGC Geospatial User Feedback Standards Working Group (SWG). The purpose of this SWG will be to reach consensus on a standard way to encode users’ comments on the results those users obtain when querying spatial databases. This effort has the potential to improve metadata, complement the producer quality indicators, extend the documentation about usability and usage of datasets, help data producers improve their data collection and publishing methods, and ultimately improve the quality of the data as well as the quality of analyses performed on the data.
More than 170 Organizations Recognized for Innovative Maps and AppsJuly 17, 2014
Redlands, California—Esri celebrated more than 170 organizations during the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards ceremony yesterday at the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California. The SAG Awards highlight users that have shown vision, leadership, hard work, and innovation in their use of Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology.
"Every day, people and organizations are improving our world and driving change through geospatial technology," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "We are humbled by their passion and deeply appreciative of their tireless work. It's an honor for us to recognize their efforts and it's something that I personally look forward to every year."
Organizations from around the world honored at the Esri UC span industries including environmental management, education, government, health and human services, natural resources, nonprofits, telecommunications, transportation, and utilities.
The SAG Awards ceremony was held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 16, 2014. For more information about the 2014 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, visit esri.com/sag.
Esri has made significant inroads in terms of GIS functionality and the provisioning of their cloud-based GIS, ArcGIS Online, with significant data investments. With just a week to go before the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, Sensors & Systems (S&S) editor Matt Ball spoke t
New Tools Will Help Us Meet the World’s Challenges
We try to predict the future every day. You think about what the weather might be like. You think about what might happen with your favorite sports team. You think about what the future might hold for you.
Beyond prediction, some of us are actually engaged professionally in creating the future. Because as Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict the future is to create the future.”
ArcGIS Online connects map makers and map users around the world.
It runs in your web browser, so it runs everywhere. It gives you instant access to maps on every scale, from global to local, and every kind of topic, from public to personal.
Maps that cover the world with imagery, topography, streets, elevation, and more. Maps that preserve the past and design the future. Authoritative data maintained and shared by experts. Analysis tools to probe complex problems.
Researchers of German Remote Sensing Data Center as a result of latest global survey find humans have settled more of the earth than estimated earlier.
The Global Urban Footprints survey project involves creating a massive database of radar imagery from twin German satellites TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X. Using close to 180,000 radar images, the scientists seek to uncover human development around the world.
Brazil: After Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Brasilia on the margins of the Sixth BRICS Summit, India and Brazil signed an agreement which would facilitate the Brazilian earth stations to receive and process data from Indian Remote Sensing satellites (IRS).
Confirming the news, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) read, “The agreement provides for the reception of data from AWiFS and LISS-III payloads of IRS satellites, including but not limited to the Resourcesat-2 at Cuiaba earth station in Brazil on a government-to-government cooperation basis.”
AWIFS (Advanced Wide Field Sensor) is an optical sensor with intermediate spatial resolution. The LISS-III (Linear Imaging Self Scanning Sensor) sensor is an optical sensor working in four spectral bands (green, red, near infrared and short wave infrared). It covers a 141km-wide swath with a resolution of 23 metres in all spectral bands.
What’s the Deal with 3DEP?JULY 18, 2014 / MATT ARTZ
Replacing Outdated and Inconsistent Elevation Data Will Save Lives and Improve Prosperity Across Our Nation
The USGS, along with other federal, state, local and private agencies is establishing a new 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) designed to respond to the growing needs for three-dimensional mapping data of the United States. This coordinated partnership can help meet the country’s needs for high-quality, 3D elevation data.
Current and accurate 3D elevation data are essential to help communities cope with natural hazards and disasters such as floods and landslides, support infrastructure, ensure agricultural success, strengthen environmental decision-making and bolster national security.
Investigating land use change over time with the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer, by Joseph Kerski on July 18, 2014
Investigating land use change over time has always been a mainstay of geography and environmental education and research. Recently, several new ways of accessing more than 175,000 historical USGS topographic maps through ArcGIS Online make land use change even more accessible to students, educators, and researchers. In this essay, I will focus on the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer, and in future essays, discuss some of the other ways that you can easily access these maps in ArcGIS Online. As a former USGS geographer, I consider the arrival of these maps in ArcGIS Online as one of the most exciting announcements of the past decade.
The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer is a customized application that runs in a web browser that shows the dates and scales of the available USGS topographic maps for any area of the USA below a chosen area of interest. Simply by selecting individual maps using this application, changes in coastlines, river flow resulting from the construction of reservoirs, urbanization, and much more can be examined. In the example below, I explore one of the most rapidly urbanizing areas of the country, Plano, Texas, comparing the current topographic base map to the 1960 USGS topographic map. As is evident, many additional maps of the area at different scales and dates are available.