SOPA protests black out top websitesWashington PostCoordinated efforts to fight the proposed Stop Internet Privacy Act before Congress changed the face of the Internet today. Here's a glimpse. News and feature images from around the world.
Spittalstreet.com: This is an update on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). The Anti-SOPA support has grown to the point that President Obama has said that he would not support the bill as it currently stands.
The INSPIRE 2012 Conference will take place in Istanbul Congress Center, from the 23rd - 27th June 2012. The events will start with pre-conference workshops and tutorials, following by Conference plenary and parallel sessions on the 25th - 27th June. A call for abstracts will be published in January 2012.
INSPIRE is a program of European Union, based on the INSPIRE Directive, establishing an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe to support Community environmental policies, and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
INSPIRE is based on the infrastructures for spatial information established and operated by the 27 Member States of the European Union. The Directive addresses 34 spatial data themes needed for environmental applications, with key components specified through technical implementing rules. This makes INSPIRE a unique example of a legislative “regional” approach.
With the recent deadline of November 2011 for Member States to provide discovery and view services according to the INSPIRE Regulation on Network Services, a first release of the INSPIRE Geoportal was published. The INSPIRE geoportal provides the means to search for spatial data sets and spatial data services, and subject to access restrictions, to view spatial data sets from the EU Member States within the framework of the INSPIRE Directive.
Software allows for better monitoring of tree plantations Science Network Western AustraliaFlickr: Chris Lang NEW software has been developed to aid the management of pests and disease in Western Australian Bluegum plantations.
Murdoch University forestry researcher Francisco Tovar headed the development of mobile device software which allows pest and disease survey information to be quickly and simply uploaded to a centralised database—aiding research and management.
I have been using R (a free statistics and graphics software package) now for the past four years or so and I have seen it become an increasingly powerful method of both analysing and visualising spatial data.
Space Daily: A step closer to mapping the Earth in 3D.
After a year in service, the German Earth observation satellite TanDEM-X, together with its twin satellite, TerraSAR-X, have completely mapped the entire land surface of Earth for the first time. The data is being used to create the world's first single-source, high-precision, 3D digital elevation model of Earth. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) controls both radar satellites, generates the elevation model and is responsible for the scientific use of TanDEM-X data.
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To enhance the success of prevention and management actions, we recommend (a) advancing technologies for molecular identification, expert systems, and remote sensing; (b) evolving approaches for ecosystem and landscape management; and (c) better anticipating interactions between species invasions and other global change processes.
This week an Internet battle is going on for better Internet and against censorship, the danger hanging over Internet users by Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is under the discussion in the US House of Representatives. SOPA would have implications for Internet users and website owners not only in US, but all over the globe. Users of English Wikipedia could today already experinced the black page as a prostest against SOPA. In support of the protest and for the free Internet also this post is shared.
Congress is expected to consider two bills when it returns from recess on Jan. 24: the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT IP Act or PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The legislation is of major concern to Stanford thought leaders, in addition to nationwide legal experts, online security experts, Internet activists and the founders of many of Silicon Valley’s largest companies.
US National Agricultural Library (NAL) is committed to providing open access to scientific information in the fields of agriculture, food, and the natural resources.
AgSpace ensures perpetual storage of and access to the agricultural and related scientific literature, thus supporting the library's commitment to advancing global access to information. As it develops, the repository will add a variety of media (maps, datasets, presentations, pictures, videos, and more) from a wide range of sources.
We been working on adding more spatial agent based models examples to GeoMason, the GIS extension for MASON. These include a vegetation growth model utilizing raster data and a simple disease outbreak model utilizing vector data.
By Ray Walters: The map pictured above shows the incredible amount of work put in over a six-year period by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of the Woods Hole Research Center to create a visualization of the remaining forests in the United States. The pair of researchers saw a need to visualize to the country exactly how much of the natural resource we have left. From the data collected, Robert Simmon built the map with help from U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey.
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