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Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Population Pressures Require More Detailed Data

Elevation is a critical component of any earth observation, and elevation data is frequently used for a wide variety of applications. Until recently, however, the available large-scale elevation datasets lacked precision and were outdated – some of the most-used data was more than 50 years old. Intermap Technologies, one of the companies most actively exploring

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Designed Maps – A Sourcebook for GIS Users

Maps can communicate information and help people to understand places, processes and people in different geographical locations. The most effective maps are designed and include several cartographic elements. Designed Maps provides numerous helpful clues for users to create more effective and useful maps and several examples using different techniques are included.

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

INSPIRE – Where Is The End-User?

As the INSPIRE (INfrastructure for SPatial InfoRmation in Europe) Directive proceeds, Lars Brodersen wonders where the end-user fits into the process. “And THEN! Then …, yes, what then? What is INSPIRE actually? Who is gaining what by INSPIRE’s implementation?”

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

AGIT / Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg 2008

AGIT / GI Forum 2008 is a major international symposia and exhibit held yearly in Austria at the University of Salzburg. It not only offers a successful dual Deutsche-English language format, but it manages to combine industry, government and education authorities into one action packed, three day program together with an exhibition. New technologies and

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Pre-Event – AGI UK Conference 2008

The annual Association for Geographic Information (AGI – UK) Conference  will take place during September 2008. V1 Magazine interviewed Conference Chairman, Steven Feldman prior to the event to gain an understanding about this year’s event and what the GI community can expect from the event. 

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Interactively Managing the U.S. Census Bureau’s Data

The Constitution of the United States requires a census to be taken regularly to determine congressional apportionment, Electoral College voting and government funding. With the information gathered, the Census Bureau seeks to be the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy, and the need to understand and geospatially represent the growing

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

How To Introduce Multiple Scales and Time into Natural Resource Data Management?

Two of the fundamental questions natural resource managers should pose to themselves from time to time are: “What is it that is being managed and over what time frame?”. In this article I will delve into these questions using the boreal forest as an example and consider the consequences of the answers for natural resource

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The Public Enterprise Sachsenforst and the Geodata Infrastructure of the Free State Saxony

The Free State of Saxony in Germany has been developing a forest management system that has evolved into the Saxon Forest Geographical Information System (FGIS). The system not only supports forestry but it integrates tightly into the wider Saxony Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). Both government agencies and citizens can access the system, sharing information and

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Breaking the Accuracy Mold

Imagine a scenario in which street centerlines are stored in a GIS database with an accuracy of ±5 feet.  In the same database, parcel data are stored with an accuracy of ±0.10 feet.  And what if environmental data are stored at ±50 feet? Is that doable? As a matter of fact, presently this scenario is

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Intergraph 2008: Experience the Power

The 2008 Intergraph 2008 International Users’ Conference took place in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 2-5. More than 2,600 attendees gathered from more than 60 countries, making the event one of the largest ever. The theme of the event was “Experience the Power,” with strong connections to Intergraph’s power business, but also a connection to

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