Compulsory Purchase and Compensation in Land Acquisition and Taking

This seminar was organised by FIG Commission 9, “Valuation and Management of Real Estate”, in conjunction with the Baltic Valuation Conference and FIG Commission 7 “Cadastre and Land Management” and 8 “Spatial Planning and Development” on 6th to 8th September 2007, Helsinki, Finland. The goal was to intensify discussions between valuation people, surveyors, real-estate experts, financiers, urban planners, researchers, teachers and decision-makers, and to develop ideas for shaping the future. Expropriation Compulsory purchase (expropriation) is in most countries an important tool for land acquisition for public purposes, although this often also can be achieved by voluntary agreement. Recent discussions on... (read more)
2007-10-16 12:00:00

HP Expands with Acquisition of the Business of Scitex Vision

HP (CA, USA) has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Scitex Vision, a market leader in super-wide digital printing, for US$ 230 million from Scitex Corporation Ltd. (Israel). The acquisition expands HP's leading position in large-format printing into the industrial super-wide category and strengthens its position as a one-stop partner for providers of print services. Scitex Vision is a market leader in wide and super-wide format printers for signage and industrial applications, such as billboards, banners, street advertising and packaging. Headquartered in Netanya, Israel, the company had revenue of US$ 142... (read more)
2005-08-17 12:00:00

Tender: Brazil - Acquisition of integrated GPS, total station and laser

PREFEITURA DO MUNICÍPIO DE LONDRINA (Brazil) has launched an international tender for the acquisition of an integrated GPS, total station and laser. Bidding Type International Competitive Bidding Financier Self-Funded Country Brazil Description     Invitation to tender for Acquisition of integrated GPS, total station and laser. Last date for the Submission:20/02/2008 Organisation PREFEITURA DO MUNICÍPIO DE LONDRINA Client Address Av. Duque de Caxias, 635 - TérreoCEP: 86.015-901 - Londrina - Paraná , Brazil, Fax (43) 3372-4405 Email Id [email protected] (read more)
2008-02-07 10:49:40

Open Data

  The open data virus is clearly spreading throughout the world. In Europe, EU Commissioner Kroes published new measures to stimulate the reuse of public sector data at the end of November 2011. Open data portals are increasingly filled with public data, often including public sector geographic data. Recently, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment announced that by 1st January 2015 all of this ministry's data, including many geographic data sets, will be made available in line with an open data policy. As of 1st January 2012, this policy already applies to the Dutch topographic data set 1:10,000.  ... (read more)
2012-01-31 03:32:14

Data Compression

This issue of GIM International presents a Product Survey on mobile mappers: small, lightweight, handy instruments for gathering data and integrating the collected data with digital maps. But how is all this stuff stored in a tiny mobile mapper? Data compression is the magic spell! <i>I know what it is, I know what it does, but how does it work?</i> Data compression shrinks the size of a dataset so that more data can be stored on the device or transmitted faster over a communication channel than would have been possible without compression. Data compression is used in two main types... (read more)
2005-11-28 12:00:00

Endless Data

With fast developing survey data techniques, still data seems to be getting lost somewhere in the middle of processing; too much data coming in, too little emerging from storage. While on the output side there is an increasing volume of users and customers becoming more and more demanding. They want quality data faster and they want it in open-source. And different users having differing needs leads to a shift from managing data in file systems to doing so in database systems.For example, in their feature on page 12 Schön et al mention the inability of GIS systems to fully support... (read more)
2010-01-28 03:08:48

Open Data

The long and heated debates on whether users should pay for geodata produced by public institutes are approaching deadlock now that many countries and (supra)national leaders are embracing the view that governmental data should be freely available to all. “I am a big supporter of open data which is widely available and accessible, for free and with no restrictions at all associated with its re-use,” stated European Commissioner Neelie Kroes in our May 2012 issue. The vision underpinning offering data to everyone free of fees, copyright claims or permits is that facts, like air and sunlight, are owned by no... (read more)
2012-06-06 02:56:56

Data Lineage

An Essential Step in Data Processing
As William Pollard said, "Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organised, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit." In any project it is essential to distribute information to all parties involved. Reproducible project process information is essential to all participants at every working level. Information should be organised and presented in a standardised, easy-to-use way, possible using data lineage. View Larger Map Project information is expected to contain answers to essential questions such as: how, what, when, where, why and who? The answers... (read more)
2009-09-01 12:00:00

Free Data

Virtual London, developed by order of the mayor and paid for by the taxpayer, ran in Google Earth but used data from OS MasterMap, a framework owned by the national mapping agency Ordnance Survey. The agency holds the copyright on all data derived from OS Mastermap and licences government bodies and institutions by fee to use it. But London boroughs werenotallowed to put Virtual London on freely accessible websites unless Ordnance Survey was paid per user. Google Earth and the Centre of Advanced Spatial Analysis tried to arrange with Ordnance Survey to pay just one licence fee legitimising use by... (read more)
2007-09-19 12:00:00

New Data Bundles for Risk Data Suite

Pitney Bowes MapInfo (NY, USA) has introduced new data sets for the Risk Data Suite, a source of risk related weather and other natural hazard information. Among the new data sets being offered is a Wildfire Bundle, currently with information and exposure grids for California, which can be used to assess the proximity of property and assets to areas of potential wildfire risk. The comprehensive Risk Data Suite weather peril and natural disaster database consists of bundles with high-definition data and aggregate exposure grids. New bundles added to the Risk Data Suite include: - Wildfire Bundle - Currently consists of... (read more)
2008-01-09 02:19:32
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