Internet GIS

(Geo-)information is an essential asset for managing protected areas. Although plenty of (geo-)information is in place today, the challenge is to bring it to widely distributed users. The authors developed an information system based on internet GIS which enables dissemination of information over the web to serve users ranging from specialists to policy-makers and the general public.<P>   The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) aims at promoting ‘the establishment and effective management of a worldwide, representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas’ ( www.iucn.org ). Monitoring, analysing and planning action-oriented programmes for conserving ecological wealth in protected... (read more)
2008-05-17 12:00:00

GIS Kiosk

Among the many displays and interactive activities at the new Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center in Highland (CA, USA), is a geographic information system kiosk. The kiosk, installed by ESRI, uses ArcReader and ArcGIS Online software to promote the use of maps for environmental purposes by those doing research or who are simply curious about a particular place.     The data necessary to create these maps comes from a variety of sources including the County of San Bernardino, ESRI, SustainLane.com, Readers Digest, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.     (read more)
2009-05-01 11:34:07

Indispensable GIS

This month we focus on maps and GIS for Early Warning (EW) and Emergency Management (EM): good maps are proven fundamental basics for tackling chaos after tragedies, and GIS plays a major role in evolving better post-disaster management tools. As Köbben says in his feature on page 12, ‘Current technological developments in GIS and collaborative web-based mapping using interoperable geo-webservices and user-generated content could take disaster mapping an important step forward.’ Konecný, this month’s GIMasters and Disasters columnist (page 23), distinguishes four main types of EW and EM map: early-warning maps and images, reference and damage-assessment, and thematic maps. Reference... (read more)
2009-06-30 12:00:00

Customising GIS

Intrinsic Programming or Object-oriented Methods
GIS software is usually customised using intrinsic programming and writing scripts in conventional programming languages. Since these scripts are run through an interpreter they are slower to execute than well-implemented, object-oriented GIS customisation (OOGC). The author uses case-studies to compare the two methods and illustrates the importance of OOGC in integration of GIS with other information systems.<P> Despite the many GIS programs on the market, none can satisfy the requirements of all users. Functions have therefore to be added to the basic GIS software. Customisation is the process of adding interfaces and functions to a GIS (or modifying existing applications)... (read more)
2007-12-08 12:00:00

StreetMapper GIS

StreetMapper GIS, a new version of the mobile laser mapping system with an integrated panoramic camera, has been launched by 3D Laser Mapping and IGI mbH. StreetMapper GIS is easy to mount on any type of vehicle and offers a cost effective solution for collection of street level asset information for use in geographical information systems (GIS) or other desktop software solutions. Being offered as an entry-level version of the StreetMapper 360, the system has a single vehicle-mounted laser enabling high precision mapping to a range of 300 metres, a capacity of 300,000 measurements per second and exceptional recorded accuracies.... (read more)
2010-10-26 08:51:25
2015-06-10 05:23:48

Dubai Enhances GIS Operations

Dubai Municipality signed an enterprise license agreement (ELA) with Esri’s United Arab Emirates distributor GISTEC, making ArcGIS software available throughout the organisation to help meet the planning and operational demands of Dubai’s rapid growth.      “This is a landmark decision because it not only helps the municipality become more effective but also benefits all the citizens in the emirate of Dubai,” says Abdul Hakim Abdul Kareem Malik, director of the Dubai Municipality GIS department.   With broader access to the latest ArcGIS software, the municipality intends to leverage GIS technology and share geospatial data between departments.  The enterprise-wide GIS... (read more)
2011-05-02 09:42:47

GIS Training Course

Southern Mapping Company (SMC, South Africa) recently concluded a five-day GIS training course for the Northern Cape Department of Social Development. SMC were tasked with the geocoding of existing social services in the province, which included Centres for Crime Support, Disability, Early Childhood Development (ECD), HIV and youth development as well as food gardens, soup kitchens and all social service grant pay points. GAP analysis was conducted in terms of their effective penetration into communities who are most reliant on these services by incorporating census and other demographic data. The results were presented during a 5 day training course hosted... (read more)
2010-06-23 01:59:00

Cartography and GIS

Confirming an International Reputation
The Second International Conference on Cartography and GIS took place in the Bulgarian ski resort of Borovets from 21st to 24th January 2008. The 130 participants from Europe, Africa and Asia confirmed the international reputation of this conference.<P> Exactly two years since the first conference in this series, experts met again for four days in the beautiful Rila Mountains, enhanced by plenty of snow. Ms Marta Nagy-Rothengass (EC) presented the Seventh Framework Programme. Geographic Information (GI) was essential amongst information, she remarked. However, no special research and funding were devoted to GI, which was seen rather as enabling information and... (read more)
2008-03-06 12:00:00
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