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Sunday, November 1st, 2009

How does sustainable development relate to the business of geospatial technologies?

The idea of long-term maintenance is an essential component of sustainability. Individually, thinking about every purchase is the way to combat our throw away culture, and to place fewer stresses on our planet. Wrapping your business plan around the concept of sustainable development means a long-term commitment to customers that delivers value and maximizes their

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

How Much Geospatial Development Extends from Open Free Data as Compared to Military and Defense Research?

The geospa­tial com­mu­nity has long sup­ported the idea that open data leads to the devel­op­ment of appli­ca­tions and new tech­nolo­gies. The pre­vail­ing the­ory goes some­thing like this; if peo­ple have access to open geospa­tial data then they will use it to develop appli­ca­tions. That seems log­i­cal and is cer­tainly one of the goals many of

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Does geospatial data want to be free?

The latest round of Google Maps innovation, with map updates that mirror the crowdsourced data approach of OpenStreetMaps (OSM), as well as the addition of parcels (a typically high-priced data set) has many data providers worried about their livelihood. The larger question here, beyond just Google’s moves, is whether online geospatial data want to be

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

Friday, October 9th, 2009

What Does Practicing ‘Good’ GIS Mean to You?

Geo­graphic infor­ma­tion sys­tems (GIS) can be used for a mul­ti­tude of pur­poses and in dif­fer­ent ways to cre­ate, man­age, ana­lyze and rep­re­sent spa­tial infor­ma­tion. The nature of GIS is built upon a will­ing­ness, inter­est and expec­ta­tion to solve a spe­cific prob­lem using both geo­data and GIS. With so many def­i­n­i­tions float­ing around about what a

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

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

What are the implications of land records and the value of an integrated record system?

Land records are a cornerstone of capitalism and some would argue of civil society. The majority of people in the world lack any enforceable claim to their homes or the land they farm. Without land rights and records, there is a cycle of poverty and social inequalities. The lack of property rights strips the ability

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

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

How Can Digital Cities and Spatial Data Infrastructure Connect?

Digital cities are a topic of high interest today. While they have been discussed for a number of years, technological developments, particularly in the area of 3D and remote sensing have propelled them forward. While geographic information systems (GIS) are natural integrator’s of spatial information, their role in spatial data infrastructure (SDI) is well known.

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