ESA Opens Landsat Archives

Over 30 years of archived data from the US Landsat Earth-observing satellites are now available, free of charge. The majority of these products are unique to ESA's archive and have never before been accessible anywhere else by the scientific user community. In its archives, ESA holds around two million products that cover Europe and North Africa. The total amount of data available is worth about 450 terabytes, equivalent to about 900,000 hours of audio recorded at CD quality. ESA has been acquiring Landsat data at European stations since the 1970s.     ESA revised its Earth observation data policy in... (read more)
2011-12-15 11:53:33

ION Pacific PNT 2013 Programme and Registration

Registration is now open for the Institute of Navigation (ION) Pacific PNT 2013, which will be held from 22 to 25 April 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event will feature technical papers presented on a diverse array of topics including image aided and terrain-referenced navigation, terrestrial and maritime navigation technologies and earthquake, tsunami prediction and monitoring with GNSS. Pacific PNT brings together policy and technical leaders from Japan, Singapore, China, South Korea, Australia, USA and more for policy updates, program status and technical exchange. This year’s theme, Global Cooperative Interoperability, will frame the technical programme. Leaders representing academia, government, industry... (read more)
2012-12-14 09:58:55

GNSS 2012: Call For Papers

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the Institute of Navigation's (ION) GNSS 2012, the 25th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division. The conference will take place from 17th to 21st September 2012 with tutorials on 17th and 18th September at the Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, USA.     This conference edition will feature pre-conference tutorials, a policy and GNSS systems workshops track and more than 250 technical papers on a diverse array of topics.   ION GNSS 2012 brings together international leaders in GNSS and related positioning, navigation and timing fields to present new research, introduce new technologies,... (read more)
2011-12-16 11:17:44

GSDI12 Conference Emphasises Spatial Data

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure - GSDI 12 World Conference took place in Singapore from 19th to 22nd October 2010. The partners organising this conference included the GSDI Association, the Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia & the Pacific (PCGIAP) and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA). The emphasis on spatial data is important, as it thrives other developments, is a conclusion that could be made. "Governments at all levels in all countries depend on information about location and place," noted Abbas Rajabifard, President of the GSDI Association, "and the rapid advance of technology makes such information much easier to... (read more)
2010-11-02 09:12:42

Geospatial Analysis to Investigate Health Issues

The newly updated GIS Tutorial for Health, Third Edition, from ESRI Press, provides hands-on training in geographic information system (GIS) software for public health professionals and students. The third edition of this popular textbook trains readers on how to use ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop software to manage, analyze, and map data to reveal spatial patterns and trends. The lessons were recently updated to be compatible with ESRI's latest software release, ArcGIS 9.3.     Health care professionals use the software to study geographically referenced data and create analytic maps that can, for example, show where lung cancer mortality rates are high... (read more)
2009-03-17 11:41:44

ION Pacific PNT 2013: Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for The Institute of Navigation’s (ION) newest conference, PACIFIC PNT to be held 22-25 April 2013 at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, Honolulu, Hawaii. Pacific PNT - where East meets West in the global cooperative development of positioning, navigation and timing technology - brings together policy and technical leaders from Japan, Singapore, China, South Korea, Australia, USA and more for policy updates, program status and technical exchange. This year’s theme, global cooperative interoperability, will frame the technical programme. Leaders representing academia, government, industry and the scientific community will convene to solve PNT... (read more)
2012-09-07 04:56:59

Secure Land Tenure

Land Rights for Women and the Poor
Success factors in secure land-tenure policy include robust collection of geospatial, anthropological and sociological data, acknowledging customary rights and land rights of women and the poor, and law enforcement capable of penetrating urban and rural areas and avoiding conflicts between statutory and customary law. The authors address these issues for developing countries and present their geospatial technology-based, in-house developed methodology for establishing secure land tenure.<P>   Security in a customary land-tenure environment first of all requires capturing large volumes of data in a form that is retriev­able, searchable, reliable and dur­able. Or, as Grover, Törhönen and Palmer state: ‘Securing and... (read more)
2008-12-10 12:00:00

Security of Land Tenure Key

GIM International Interviews Keith Bell, Task Manager, World Bank
The work of the World Bank focuses on achievement of the Millennium Development Goals that call for the elimination of poverty and sustained development. This month’s interviewee is responsible in the Bank for task managing land-administration projects throughout the East Asia Region. His contributions to the international community of surveyors are always highly appreciated thanks to his realistic views and opinions in relation to land-administration systems in developing countries. GIM International interviewed him. World Bank (WB) has for decades been very much engaged in the development of land administration. What needs to be achieved in these projects, and what is... (read more)
2007-11-14 12:00:00

Immense Help to all Stakeholders

GIM International Interviews Dr Brig. Siva Kumar, Head Natural Resource Data Management System, Govt. of India
On 19th May 2005 the Union Cabinet of India approved within the framework of establishing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) a New National Map Policy. This involves production and dissemination of two kinds of analogue and digital maps: the first, to be produced and disseminated by Survey of India/Department of Science and Technology and open to everyone, is the Open Series Maps (OSM). The Ministry of Defence will determine the use of the second kind, Defence Series Maps (DSMs). We asked this month’s interviewee, Dr Brig. Siva Kumar, to elaborate upon the vision, implementation and status of NSDI for... (read more)
2007-05-15 12:00:00

SDI as Holistic Framework

Integrating Natural and Built Environments
Monitoring and controlling the environment requires its natural and built components to be integrated within an inclusive model. Integration of multi-sourced spatial data plays an important role here. However, fragmentation among the institutions involved results in inconsistency in data co-ordination and makes integration costly and time-consuming. The remedy is to address all the issues, institutional, legal, social and policy, within a holistic framework. The authors argue that a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) can provide this.<P> Human life affects nature through land consumption, habitat disruption and replacement of natural cover with impervious surfaces. On the other hand, nature affects social, economic,... (read more)
2007-12-08 12:00:00
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