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

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

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
2015-06-10 05:23:48

Pythagoras CAD+GIS

ADW Software (Belgium) has launched Pythagoras CAD+GIS, a new version of their CAD software Pythagoras. New features and possibilities are included in the basic module and the digital terrain module. The Road Design module has been redesigned and a new GIS module is added to the CAD features. The new GIS module is completely integrated in the CAD environment, which allows user to complete the whole process: (1) creating and updating geographical information, (2) consulting and updating of spatial information, (3) analysing of spatial information and (4) reporting and mapping of the analysis. The Road Design module has been extended... (read more)
2006-07-20 12:00:00

GIS for Balance

Beijing’s characteristic, narrow alleyways called hútong are vanishing at an unimaginable rate. With the 2008 Olympics on the horizon, these old walled residential neighbourhoods must make way for high-rise apartment buildings, offices and hotels. Over the past six years an estimated 1,500 to two thousand hútongs, some dating back to the Middle Ages, have been demolished. The homes of sometimes hundreds of Beijing families at a time are disappearing overnight, the inhabitants being shifted into shiny new flats. For the people themselves this is almost always a change for the better. Living in the hútong means a lot of people... (read more)
2007-01-19 12:00:00

Historical Demography in GIS

SuperGeo Technologies is developing a WebGIS system that allows users to view the population structure at a specific time in a specific area. The platform assists scholars in population comparison between different areas or different times via the Internet. As the historical demographic data is a crucial base for understanding the population structure in the past time, the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, started to establish the Taiwan Colonial Household Registration Census Database in 2005, aiming to provide users with the service to view the household registration census of each administration area in the Colonial Period... (read more)
2010-11-05 12:00:00
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