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,, 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

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’ ( ). Monitoring, analysing and planning action-oriented programmes for conserving ecological wealth in protected... (read more)
2008-05-17 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

Decision-making and GIS

The most common use of GIS is as a historian’s tool, to describe a situation over time. In this, its value reflects the currency, quality and accessibility of the input data. These factors have generally improved greatly in recent years so, in that sense, it is unsurprising that GIS has grown so substantially, according to David Rhind. (By David Rhind, ret. Vice-Chancellor, The City University, UK) But many see the greater role of GIS as a decision-making tool, especially where this involves bringing together data from many sources. How do we know if this really is successful? There are two... (read more)
2017-01-26 01:10:36

GIS and Disasters

The last eighteen months have seen a series of disasters leading to substantial loss of life. Examples include Hurricane Katrina, the Pakistan earthquake, and bombings in cities such as London and Bali. All disasters happen somewhere. Where they happen influences the impact and our ability to respond. Scientists seeking to identify natural hazards and what can be done to mitigate them must also deal with the geography of risk. Geography is therefore central to both planning for and countering disasters. GI and GIS are increasingly at the forefront of government efforts to carry out their first duty in protecting their... (read more)
2006-04-25 12:00:00

Web-based GIS

Integrating Geo-data from Multiple Sources
The next phase in GIS development on the internet should restore user freedom and give a fully comprehensive overview of geo-objects originating anywhere and containing all relevant information. It should be fully integrated and freely applicable. The author envisages data from multiple resources integrated for process support by combining (geo)graphical and other (administrative) data using Web-technology. Six years ago our firm began, like others of its kind, with application developments based on the first available map servers. User-interfaces, specific applications and administrator modules were built on an ad hoc basis, with demand-driven Internet Map Servers (IMS). Great effort had to... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

GIS Capability GreenLight Reports

Wilbourn Associates has chosen Lovell Johns and Cadcorp to provide an online map ordering system and associated back-office GIS software. Wilbourn Associates set up and registered a new subsidiary company, Green ASAP Ltd, which trades primarily as a web-based company.     The Green ASAP website offers, amongst other things, a GreenLight Report in which a user can specify a geographic location using address based searching to order an environmental risk assessment. Underpinning this report offering is the deployment of a transactional website process and back office GIS system capable of handling such enquiries and of processing orders.   In... (read more)
2009-09-29 09:35:30

Orbit GIS Version 10.1

Orbit GT has launched GIS engine Orbit GIS version 10.1. The update is immediately available for download and free for Orbit GIS 10.0 users. According to Peter Bonne, VP Business Development and senior product manager at Orbit GT, there are a lot of improvements in this version. Orbit GIS is available for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems. Other platforms are to follow soon. Orbit GIS is the core GIS system on which all Orbit’s specialised extensions are built. The Orbit GIS technology is platform and network independent. Orbit GT was one of the first GIS technology companies to embrace 64-bit... (read more)
2012-04-10 09:26:52
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