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Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Ten Predictions for 2008

Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. Vector1 Media editors Jeff Thurston and Matt Ball spent some time reflecting on emerging stories and growing trends to come up with the following predictions for 2008. On the list are advancements in virtual reality and GIS Modeling, as well as integration that will make

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Sustainable Urbanism

This important book by Douglas Farr, the chair of the LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) initiative, is a call to action for going beyond sustainable structures to include community enhancements that make a city more walkable, enjoyable and environmentally friendly. The book’s subtitle, “Urban Design with Nature,” is a nod to Ian McHarg’s Design with Nature. Yet

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Dirty Work – New Uses for Soil Databases

For many years, improving agricultural production was the main goal of soil science. As part of this, a number of country-wide soil mapping programmes took place across Europe during the 20th Century, which also resulted in the creation of several national soil databases. Today, the importance of these data, complemented in some countries with irreplaceable

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Top 10 of 2007

In the spirit of end-of-year reflections, Vector1 Media editors Jeff Thurston and Matt Ball looked back over the past 12 months to come up with the top stories of 2007. Making the list are policy changes, new technologies, industry consolidation and new products. Read the full list and please add your own observations.

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Review: HP Designjet T1100ps Large Format Printer

CAD and GIS professionals have unique and detailed graphic needs. Graphics are an integral part of a CAD and GIS professionals workflows. The HP Designjet T1100ps is designed specifically with CAD and GIS professionals in mind. It produces drawings and maps with highly detailed annotation quickly and clearly. The network capabilities of this printer enable

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

NERVE Part 2: Innovative Technology to Address Tomorrow’s Needs

In part one of this article, we discussed the background to the DTI-funded NERVE (North East Regional Visualisation Environment) project. To summarise, its aim was to research methods of allowing regional organisations to share information in a variety of scenarios, in order to meet the demands of recent legislation, such as the Traffic Management Act

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

SARscape: Extending Synthetic Aperture Radar Application

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data is providing valuable information about land use and the environment. With the arrival of new spacreborne and airborne platforms these applications are predicted to expand and grow. New processing software and techniques for SAR data are providing valuable information about weather related events, volcanic activity, seismic and subsidence activity as

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Survey/CAD/GIS Integration – It’s About Time!

The integration of CAD and GIS has moved from a trendy topic for early adopters only to a mainstream reality. Equally encouraging has been the acceptance and practice of integrating GIS with survey data. We’ve come a long way baby, especially when it comes the CAD vs. GIS scene.

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Understanding Place

How often have you wondered “are they getting it?” Are the data and maps making any sense to the students? What are they thinking? You are not alone. Many teachers have pondered the same questions. ‘Understanding Place – GIS Mapping across the Curriculum‘ provides a glimpse into the minds of students, through the eyes and

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Imagery Provides Compelling Evidence of Human Rights Violations

Amnesty International recently launched Eyes on Darfur, an innovative and powerful website utilizing photographs and high-resolution satellite imagery to communicate the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. The satellite images track human rights violations before and after reported attacks, highlighting changes in homes and vegetation in villages throughout the region. While the images only

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