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March 29th, 2011
V1 Newsletter-Vol. 5, Issue 13

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V1 Magazine   |   Features   |   News   |   Perspectives   |   Calendar  |  Bookstore Vol 5 / Issue 13 / March 29, 2011


How does the gap between sensors, systems and analysis get filled?

“There are plenty of opportunities for a broad application of sensors and systems to improve efficiency, and many of these are in the traditional geospatial markets. Will geospatial technology form an important integration role between systems and sensors, and provide a means to gain insight from all the data? There is certainly that potential.”

Matt Ball, editor and co-founder, Americas and Asia/Pacific



The World of Geographically Referenced Information is Facing a Paradigm Shift

One of the biggest issues or discussion subjects within the whole geographic information domain at the moment is the ever-changing demands for handling information in a better and more efficient way. The domain is expanding in all kinds of directions. What remains is geo-referenced information handled with a computer. We are seeing applications and demonstrators showing off in 3D and the wonderful things one can experience here. We are seeing an ever-growing number of applications that handle online information for example traffic or flight control.

Airborne Laser Technology (LiDAR) Lights Up Forestry Mapping in Indonesia

In 2010, an innovative technology began assisting with the assessment of existing forest conditions as well as establishing a viable approach to long-term monitoring to support the management of natural forests in Indonesia.  With the ability to rapidly collect highly accurate three-dimensional information of the forest from aircraft flying at three-quarters of a kilometer above the tree tops and traveling at nearly 200 km per hour, the laser technology known as LiDAR is likely to make a significant impact in overcoming the challenges faced by government agencies, commercial forest managers, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as they move to support reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, or REDD+ initiatives.



Jeff’s Links

  1. GNWT – Northwest Territories Centre for Geomatics
  2. LSA SAF – land surface analysis facility
  3. Oxalya – making simulation easier every day
  4. APIMS – Malaysia air pollution index web mapping
  5. IBM Smarter Cities Challenge

Matt’s Links

  1. Biodiversity Interactive Map – of Victoria, Australia
  2. Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning – resources from NOAA
  3. Globe at Night – submit data about light pollution in your area
  4. The Path of Protest – timeline slider to view Middle East protests
  5. DocumentCloud – turn documents into data

Reader’s Links (submit links to



      Planning 2.0 – The Next Generation of Participatory Planning

      Today, cities are growing beyond their physical limits and resource capacities. This sprawling growth encroaches on prime agricultural land and creates severe socioeconomic and environmental problems. To combat these problems, smart cities are using geospatial technology and collaborative planning techniques to provide actionable intelligence for planners and community developers.



      Afghanistan Base Maps Provides a Foundation for Economic Development


      As in much of the developing world, the quality, currency and resolution of maps for Afghanistan have been lacking. Spatial Networks, a company with offices in Florida and Dubai, assumed ownership of the project assets and the production operation, including an agreement with the national mapping agency, and they are well on their way to providing greatly improved maps and spatial data for the country. V1 editor Matt Ball spoke with Anthony Quartararo, president and CEO of Spatial Networks about the mapping process and the goals of this effort.

      Framing Geospatial Practice for Practitioner Development


      The challenge of framing the geospatial skill set for training and education purposes has been an ongoing challenge. Recently, a detailed Geospatial Technology Competency Model has been developed by the NSF-funded GeoTech Center, in concert with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Matt Ball spoke with Phillip Davis, director of the GeoTech Center and professor of Information Technology at Del Mar College about this effort and its implications for GIS education.



      Construction in the Landscape
      A Handbook for Civil Engineering to Conserve Global Land Resources
      9781844079230Sustainable development implies consideration of environmental, economic and social factors. For engineers this leads to the design of infrastructure upon the landscape that meets the goals of sustainability. T.G. Carpenter takes it a step further and writes about the performance of sustainable infrastructure upon multi-discplinary approaches including hydrology, ecology and aesthetics.


      Vector One
        1. 3D Projection and Geoinformation
        2. UN SpaceAid – Japan Earthquake
        3. Smart Forest – Wiring Nature with Geospatial Technologies
        4. ALOS Satellite Imagery of California’s Imperial Valley
        5. Google to Create Internet Institute in Berlin

          Spatial Sustain

              1. The EPA Launches a Clean Water Violation Map
              2. New Brunswick Drops their Wetlands Mapping Tool Amid Controversy
              3. Visualizing Future Coastline Changes
              4. ERDAS 11 World Tour Stop at DigitalGlobe
              5. Drones Fly Imagery Missions Over Japan


                  EVENT COVERAGE
                  GIS for Airport Management – Orly, France
                  airplane471Airports around the world are faced with several significant challenges. As their sizes grow, the need for improved strategies and tools to manage spaces directly impacts the ability to generate revenue. The infrastructure required to support many buildings, runways and accessibility is also under pressure to increase efficiency. Meanwhile, energy, emergency and critical response functions must operate throughout these facilities. Geographic information systems (GIS) can be used to increase efficiency, lower operating costs and to ensure critical operations are managed properly and effectively. The 1st International GIS for Airport Management was recently held at Paris Orly airport to discuss these issues.

                   TOP STORIES 

                  Siemens Founds Rail Innovation Centre of Competence in the United Kingdom

                  New Online Interactive Map for OneChange Displays the Impact of Smart Environmental Actions

                  MAPPS Praises DHS Emergency Response Contract

                  5th GNSS Vulnerabilities and Solutions Conference

                  Achieving Efficient and Effective Regulatory Systems


                  “That’s Professor Global Hawk”

                  St. Charles Cleanup Group Goes to the Air to Map Missouri River Trash

                  Malta Water Catchment Plan Launched

                  Cloud Computing, Data Policy on Track to “Democratize” Satellite Mapping

                  Satellite Art: One Woman Tries to Create Google Earth Murals


                  Sustainable Futures, March 30-31, Manchester, UK

                  Future Waters Europe, March 24-26, Budapest, Hungary

                  CAPIGI 2011, April 4-6, Amsterdam

                  GEO-11, April 6-7, London, UK

                  GITA Geospatial Solutions Conference, April 10-14, Grapevine, Texas




                  Building Wireless Sensor Networks (2011)

                  By Robert Faludi

                  Create distributed sensor systems and intelligent interactive devices with wireless networking protocol and radios.

                   By John D. Kasarda

                  The aerotropolis is a combination of giant airport, planned city, shipping facility, and business hub. 


                  The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity ni National and International Policy Making (2011)

                  By Patrick ten Brink

                  This book shows not only that we have been extraordinarily wasteful, destructive and inefficient in our treatment of the natural environment but also how careful analysis and measurement can help us change our ways towards a more productive and responsible relationship.




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