Evaporating Professionalism

Some fifteen years ago I was president of The Netherlands Society for Photogrammetry. At that time there was some concern that photogrammetry was taught only at university and not at other levels of professional or vocational education. This was seen as a problem because a large part of the large-scale mapping projects were based on photogrammetry, whereas the operators doing the mapping work were not educated as photogrammetrists. There were some short training courses and in-house training facilities in some of the companies or state organisations involved in mapping, but these were generally insufficient to give the trainees a profound... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Evaporating Professionalism

Some fifteen years ago I was president of The Netherlands Society for Photogrammetry. At that time there was some concern that photogrammetry was taught only at university and not at other levels of professional or vocational education. This was seen as a problem because a large part of the large-scale mapping projects were based on photogrammetry, whereas the operators doing the mapping work were not educated as photogrammetrists. There were some short training courses and in-house training facilities in some of the companies or state organisations involved in mapping, but these were generally insufficient to give the trainees a profound... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Leica Announces New Education Product Program

Leica Geosystems (CA, USA) has launched a new Education Product Program (EPP), a formalised purchase program for educational institutions teaching or performing research in the area of 3D laser scanning. The program offers a new set of laser scanning products for universities, colleges, trade schools and other institutions of higher education. These products feature Leica’s 3D laser scanning technology and its Cyclone and CloudWorx software licenses. Institutions can purchase packages with up to ten additional seat licenses. The program also includes extensive training on hardware and software. In order to qualify, educational institutions must teach at least two classes per... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

International Co-operation and Knowledge Exchange

XIth Latin American Remote Sensing Symposium
The XIth biannual Latin American Remote Sensing Symposium (SELPER) was held at the Diego Portales Convention Center, Santiago, Chile, 22–26 November 2004. About 150 professionals from nearly all continents attended the symposium. The Sociedad Especialistas Latinoamericana en Percepción Remota (SELPER) Symposium is one of the most important scientific meetings in this region in the field of remote sensing and GIS. The symposium was organised by SELPER/Chile and sponsored by ESA, CONAE, INPE, GLCN, CNES, UNOOSA, FIDAE, SAF and CSA. Symposium Programme Eighty papers were presented during two plenary sessions, eleven technical sessions and one poster session. The topics of the... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Education Resources Renewal

PCI Geomatics (Canada) has renewed the current Eduserv Chest agreement for Geomatica software for three years. Under this agreement educational institutes in the UK and Ireland are able at low cost to rent Geomatica and eCognition software on a site license basis. The eCognition package is available with or without Geomatica. Eduserv Chest negotiates for all forms of commercial electronic resources (software, courseware, abstracts, full text, journals, etc.) available for education and research communities in the UK and Ireland, as well as for various other groups. In most cases, Chest manages the resultant agreements. (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

Fifty Years of Map Publishing in China

GIM International Interviews Bai Bo, president, SinoMaps Press
Based in Beijing, China, SinoMaps Press, the largest and oldest map publisher in the country, this year in December celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. The press produces 90% of China’s total map publications: over 3.6 billion copies and 12,000 titles in 2003. GIM International interviewed Sinomaps Press president Mr Bai Bo at the 2004 Beijing International Book Fair. Could you sketch for us the history of SinoMaps Press? SinoMaps Press, formerly known as China Cartographic Publishing House, is the largest and the oldest map publisher in China. Founded in 1954 with the merger of several private enterprises, the Press is an... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

Fifty Years of Map Publishing in China

GIM International Interviews Bai Bo, president, SinoMaps Press
Based in Beijing, China, SinoMaps Press, the largest and oldest map publisher in the country, this year in December celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. The press produces 90% of China’s total map publications: over 3.6 billion copies and 12,000 titles in 2003. GIM International interviewed Sinomaps Press president Mr Bai Bo at the 2004 Beijing International Book Fair. Could you sketch for us the history of SinoMaps Press? SinoMaps Press, formerly known as China Cartographic Publishing House, is the largest and the oldest map publisher in China. Founded in 1954 with the merger of several private enterprises, the Press is an... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

NASA and UNESCO Sign Agreement

NASA has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to improve global use of NASA Earth science research and remote sensing data. The agreement calls for the validation of NASA Earth observations through comparisons with ground information. Under the agreement, the NASA-supported GLOBE education programme and UNESCO's World Heritage Centre will further an existing partnership to train teachers in UNESCO-member states. The teachers will learn to work with UNESCO's Natural World Heritage Site managers to carry out collaborative conservation programme activities. The GLOBE programme is a NASA-supported co-operative effort of schools to... (read more)
2005-03-18 12:00:00

ESRI Survey and GIS Summit 2005

The Third Annual ESRI Survey and GIS Summit will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California from 23–26 July 2005. The summit focuses on integrating surveying and GIS and comprises presentations, technical demonstrations, and discussions led by land surveyors, engineers, educators, and GIS professionals. Paper presentations at the summit will cover topics like education programs-bridging the gap, surveying and GIS integration, GPS, geodetic control. (read more)
2005-03-18 12:00:00

GIS for Urban Conservation

Change Detection and Priority Determination in Historical Turkey
GIS is a very useful tool in the planning of urban conservation. GIS includes integration of vector and raster data, geographical referencing, correction and spatial adjustment. GIS analysis tools and map overlays improve the accuracy of decision making. With the help of GIS, the authors detect changes in the historical urban sites of Odunpazarý District of Eskis,ehir in Turkey and determine conservation priorities. Major urban centres in developing Turkey face a population explosion, which began in the 1950s. As a result, cities have changed in size and scale, type of housing, land-use patterns, street layout and architectural style. These features... (read more)
2005-03-21 12:00:00
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