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

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

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

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

Recognition for GIS Innovation

Dr Richard Mather, lecturer at the Department of New Media and Technologies at Buckinghamshire New University (UK), has been awarded The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP) Prize for Software Engineering. Dr Mather has worked at Bucks since 1996 and his IAP award was recognition for his MSc dissertation, completed at the University of Oxford. The dissertation, "A Workflow Application and XML Datastructure for Processing Geo-referenced Images", is of particular interest to the GIS, remote-sensing and land-management communities. It allows the automation of image processing, in contrast to existing techniques, which are often ad hoc and circumstance-specific."Bearing that in mind,... (read more)
2010-05-17 12:19:34

Mobile GIS Developer Community

Trimble has launched the Trimble Mobile GIS Developer Community. The new site provides a rich and growing selection of developer tools and services, hosted within the Trimble Connected Community (TCC) portal. The online community provides members with access to software tools and services as well as documentation, a developer forum, knowledge base and support resources. The software development kits (SDKs) available to members of the Mobile GIS Developer Community include the GPS Pathfinder Field Toolkit, designed for rapid development of standalone GPS-enabled applications for Win32 and Windows Mobile platforms and the MobileGNSS Field and Office Tools allowing developers to create... (read more)
2011-01-13 01:24:05

GIS in Forest Management

Preparing a Forest Working Plan in India
A Forest Working Plan regulates wood production, silviculture and tending activities for a predefined period of time by specifying targets, actions and control arrangements. The author shows how GIS was used to prepare a Working Plan for Velhe forest subdivision in India. Systematic forest management requires division of the forest area into blocks and compartments. A block is usually bounded by natural features and divided for administrative purposes into several compartments. For silvicultural management Working Circles (WC) are defined. A WC is a forest area with particular characteristics and the same set of Working Plan prescriptions. Box Velhe Forest subdivision... (read more)
2006-07-24 12:00:00
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