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Monday, January 18th, 2010

ESRI Enables the Intelligent Query and Analysis of Virtual Cities

ESRI, the leading mapping software company, was started more than forty years ago. As a pioneer of geographic information systems, the company has been at the forefront of new technology developments that have broadened the use of the geographic approach. V1 editor Matt Ball shared the following questions with Jack Dangermond, ESRI’s founder and president,

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Mapping the Plastic Problem

The growing amount of plastic debris in the world’s oceans and waterways has many scientists and anti pollution activists very concerned. The Great Pacific Garbage patch, a gyre in the Pacific Ocean that is capturing plastic debris and is growing in size has provided a rallying cry for activists that is gaining momentum. Drew Stephens,

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Empowering Students Using GIS

ESRI has always invested heavily into GIS education. That has included both the toolset as well as the study of geographic information as a science. The results have been impressive, not only in terms of financial growth for the company but the numerous research efforts, education events, books published and conference-workshops. Building GIS capacity and

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Interview: Moving Forward with Smart Grids

Smart Grids are a growth area. Increasing awareness about smart grid technologies and applications are resulting in new installations of technology that update one hundred year old infrastructure electricity generation and distribution models. V1 Energy editor Jeff Thurston interviewed Martin Ansell, general manager – Smallworld, GE Energy.  He described Smart Grid technologies and how GE

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

From Photogrammetry to 3D Digital Earth

Photogrammetry continues to evolve and today the study of photogrammetry remains important. Armin Gruen has previously served as Head of the Chair of Photogrammetry at the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zuerich, Switzerland. V1 Magazine editor Jeff Thurston interviewed him recently to learn about his life long passion of

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Open Land Data Ensures Transparency

The non-profit California First Amendment Coalition (CFAC) sued the county of Santa Clara, California in 2006 over the fees they charge for their GIS parcel basemap data. The group aimed to push the County to offer the data for direct costs of duplication as prescribed by the state’s Public Records Act. The long battle ended

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

GlobalSoilMap: Mapping the World’s Soil

The world’s soils are an important resource. Mapping them enables scientists and food producers as well as land managers with the opportunity to maximize production while ensuring sustainbility and meeting conservation goals. A practical first step to achieving this goal involves an inventory of the global soil resources. V1 Magazine editor Jeff Thurston interviewed Bob

Monday, September 28th, 2009

‘Design, Model, Visualise, Document, and Map’ – Today and Tomorrow

There is a trend towards the integration of geospatial information that involves data creation, design and the representation of information. It applies to a wide range of activities from water to cadastre to building and site design, and it is international in scope. Vector1 Media editor Jeff Thurston spoke with Joe Croser (right) and Richard Zambuni

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Expanding the Reach of GIS through Web Mapping

New York City has had a pioneering web mapping portal since 2001 with the launch of the Open Accessible Space Information System (OASIS). The application has steadily evolved and continues to be at the technological forefront of web mapping. The New York City region is also blessed with one of the more detailed regional planning

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

IBM Takes Aim at Creating a Smarter Planet

IBM is working to build a smarter planet, with an aggressive campaign that includes a number of television ads on this topic. The focus is from the micro (making computers run more efficiently) to the macro (designing better transportation networks). The company recently participated in the Forum on Earth Observations III in Washington, D.C., which

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