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Monday, October 8th, 2007

Oregon Implements an Imagery Portal

For the past 10 years, many GIS users throughout the Oregon State GIS community have utilized imagery datasets for their mapping needs. For statewide imagery coverage of any reasonable resolution this has required the arduous task of moving the data set via CD/DVD, portable hard disks as well as through the use of FTP sites. 

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Geographical Perspectives: 3 People – 3 Views

I had the opportunity to interview three prominent people in the UK geoinformation community while at the Association for Geographic Information (AGi) conference in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Vanessa Lawrence is Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the British Ordnance Survey,  Andy Coote is Consultancy Services Director for ESRI (UK) and  Ed Parsons is Geospatial Technologist for Google.

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Overview: InterGeo 2007 – Leipzig, Germany

The 2007 InterGeo event in Leipzig this week was well attended with estimates approaching 15,000 people from more than 80 different countries. This event provides a unique perspective as it combines on one tradeshow floor all of the disciplines that create, manage, analyze, display and distribute geospatial data. It includes both manufacturers and suppliers, and

Monday, September 24th, 2007

AGI Conference Report: Day 2 – ‘Building a GeoCommunity’

Day 2 of the AGI Annual Conference 2007 at Stratford-Upon-Avon began with one of the most interesting presentations at the show. James Procter, information standards manager for the UK Environment Agency opened with a paper entitled ‘Embracing Geography by Embracing Non-Geography.’

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

AGI Conference Report: Day 1 – ‘Building a GeoCommunity’

The Association of Geographic Information (AGI) held its annual conference in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK this past week. With about 500 GI professionals from business, government and students participating, the conference was a departure from previous years’ where it was located in London. The move to Stratford-Upon-Avon was a welcome move. This conference can be deemed as nothing less than a resounding

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Arc Marine – GIS for a Blue Planet

A few year’s ago I was reporting from the ESRI International Educational User Conference in San Diego. One of the speaker’s at the time was Dawn J. Wright, a professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University. At the time she said, “we know more about space and the moon, than we do about

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Winds of Change

Future climate inconsistencies will demand more widespread planning. Major global catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina’s rampage over New Orleans or the massive earthquake in Pakistan in 2005 demonstrate significant truths about our vulnerability and the power of nature. However, sometimes it is the slightly less dramatic – second division disasters, if that’s not too insensitive

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Mapping Water Losses – A Success Story

Few businesses can operate for long while experiencing annual inventory shrinkage of 20 percent or more. Yet, that’s the situation faced by water utilities around the world as their distribution systems regularly pour treated, potable water down the proverbial drain. Water loss represents a major fraction of non-revenue water (NRW), and it’s a problem that

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Source of Truth

Data quality is an integral part of any organisation, and yet is often a forgotten discipline. It is clear that the manual maintenance of large-scale datasets is time consuming, expensive and often unrealistic, so what can we do to combat the problem? This column will address the latest spatial data quality issues, why they matter,

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Errors and Usability

This spring I became part of the new booming map-society: the society of the personal navigation systems owners. I bought a brand new navigation-system-device for me and my car. The navigation-system-device was used for the first time when my wife and I had to navigate from a London airport to some friends’ address in a

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