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Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Nature Protection and Sustainability: Research of Novel Applications

The protection of nature environments aims to support sustainability. Thematic cartography plays an important role toward achieving this goal.  Several surveying technologies are included for the production of this information and the geo-referencing of cultural sites.  

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

EuroGeographics – Building on a Tradition of Trans-boundary Cooperation

Whether it is connecting cross-border data, collaborating with global geospatial communities or building bridges between geographic, social or other statistical information, EuroGeographics is firmly founded on the principle of trans-boundary cooperation. As the membership association representing Europe’s national mapping, land registry and cadastral agencies, it is at the forefront of many initiatives designed to improve

Friday, February 12th, 2010

SDIs and Regional Competitiveness

SDIs are being developed to help address environmental concerns, disaster preparedness and emergency responsiveness there are other possibilities for benefiting from SDIs, namely regional competitiveness. This could mean public sector organisations who are currently experiencing budget cuts across the board could use activities relating to geospatial data to minimise budget cuts or maintain existing budget

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Digital Cities, SDI and the GeoWeb

When a domain is relatively new, the terminology is often imprecise, and many different words many be coined and used by different organizations and individuals with none of them realizing that they are talking about essentially the same thing. This is substantially true for the use of Digital City and SDI as applied to urban

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Planning for Sustainability

Good planning is critical to achieving sustainability. The success of international, national, regional, and organizational plans for climate resiliency, energy management, supply chain optimization, facility management, and transportation efficiency depend on a defined purpose, need, and process to achieve sustainable performance.

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Can the GIS-Community Build a Pyramid on the Moon?

If all the world’s best GIS-minds were brought together and put in a room (with plenty of CocaCola and pizza supply), what could happen? Could they construct ‘a pyramid with a pumping heart on the moon’? Could they construct something that would stand for another 5000 years (as the pyramids)? Could they construct something that

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Managing Energy Demand for a More Sustainable Future

“Business-as-usual” will no longer work if America is to continue its leadership on the world stage. The sweeping effects of the recession we’ve experienced have made this very clear. We need green innovation, state-of-the-art clean energy technologies, and a commitment to change. By pushing these priorities to the forefront we will create a stronger economy,

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Micro-Location Overview: Beyond the Metre…to the Centimetre

Advances in tracking and location technologies are enabling new application development. These applications can be found in environmental, utility, transport and other industrial applications. Many new approaches are being developed for more personal and local use and these applications include in-store location, hospitals, airports and inside buildings. In this column Steven Feldman takes a look

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

GIS, Sustainability and the Winds of Change

America’s first-ever climate change president, Barack Obama is making substantial changes in the way we approach energy, the environment, and our economy. These changes will impact how we manage where our energy comes from (the supply side) and how we use it (the demand side). This will not only affect the future of our economy

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

GeoWeb – Shaping Geographic Awareness

As many of you are well aware, Google finally launched the much anticipated Google Ocean, extending the coverage of their virtual globe to the 70 percent of the earth that is covered by water.  Since the ocean has an enormous impact on our climate, our ability to feed ourselves, and ultimately on our survival as

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