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Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Economy of the Spatial Data Infrastructures

Are spatial data infrastructure (SDI) worthwhile? A survey was made of users for a Geoportal in Spain recently. The feedback results were tabulated for 80 users (65 Catalans) of the Geoportal IDEC and its services provides an important glimpse into the value of SDI.   

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Towards Flood Resilient Cities

Cities are evolving systems. We have little understanding of their behaviour. We know that they are highly dynamic, in that they face changing environments and inputs, and adapt to these changes. Over a longer historical period, cities have always successfully adapted to changing environmental conditions and thus have been extremely resilient. From 1100 to 1800,

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

ASPRS Reflects on the Past, and Provides a Vision for the Future

The 75th annual American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Conference took place in Baltimore, Maryland from March 9-13, 2009. This landmark event drew an international audience of more than 1,500 people, with the theme, “Reflection of the Past, Vision for the Future”. The reflection portion of the theme was evident in a multimedia

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

The European Urban Atlas – Supporting City Habitability

Consumption of natural land for settlements, industry and transport infrastructure proceeds with an alarming pace in Europe and disagrees with the stagnating population. Every three years we lose a surface area equivalent to the size of Luxemburg. Structural Funds of the EU have been held partially responsible for the ill-development. In order to obtain an

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

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Map World Forum: Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Planet Earth

The Map World Forum took place in Hyderabad, India from Feb. 10-13. This second biennial event drew an international audience of more than 2,000 people, with the theme, "Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Planet Earth". The theme was explored in many different sessions that drove home the power of geospatial technology for the stewardship of our

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

Pour a glass of water out of a kitchen tap throughout the Canterbury region of New Zealand and chances are you’ll be staring at what many consider the finest drinking water in the world. Cool, clear and untouched, it’s originated in the mountains of the Southern Alps, travelled across the Canterbury Plains in the large

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Spicycles – Sustainable Policies For Cities On Cycling

When the Spicycles project was launched in 2006, cycling was not the ‘hot’ mode of transport that it has become today. As project partners, we wanted to gather experience related to specific areas of cycling policy. We were keen to explore how key elements such as communication and awareness raising, and the building of local

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Designing Geodatabases for Transportation

Transportation networks are highly spatial in nature and dependent upon a high level of planning in their design, operation and maintenance. Accordingly, they are well suited to geographical information systems (GIS) tools. While we tend to think of transport networks in a continuous fashion, primarily to get us from Point A to Point B, these

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