Digitising Indian Maps

The Government of India and Microsoft Research India have signed a memorandum of understanding for research collaboration under which the first project will concern a geographic information system to put India’s vast collection of satellite images, remote sensing data and other information about the country's terrain in digital form. This will make it available to the public in an easily understandable form. Microsoft Research India has recently opened a centre in Bangalore that will accommodate scientists to work on technologies for emergent software markets such as India, multilingual systems and other specialities. The new research centre will fund projects in... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Vexcel VP Mapping and Photogrammetry

Vexcel Corporation (CO, USA) has announced that Dr William B. Gail, formerly director at Ball Aerospace, has joined Vexcel as vice-president of Mapping and Photogrammetric Solutions. He will lead the marketing and support for the UltraCam digital aerial camera and the UltraMap server. Bill Gail’s remote sensing experience includes spaceborne and airborne sensor technologies, remote sensing policy, and business development for a wide range of projects. Before his career at Ball Aerospace he managed radar processing and adaptive systems projects at the Aerospace Corporation. Dr Gail received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he focused his research... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Euromap Starts Receiving IRS-P6 Imagery

Euromap, a wholly owned subsidiary of GAF AG and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), have started receiving data from the IRS-P6 Resourcesat-1, the new Indian Remote Sensing Satellite. Indian satellite imagery is marketed through Antrix, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and through the US company Space Imaging, which has obtained international commercial rights. Euromap has entered an agreement with Antrix and Space Imaging to receive and distribute Resourcesat-1 data collected over Europe and North Africa. Euromap represents the only IRS-P6 receiving and distribution facility in Europe. (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

The GSDI Needs OGC Standards

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association (www.gsdi.org) is an inclusive organisation of organisations, agencies and individuals from around the world. The GSDI Association promotes international co-operation and collaboration in support of local, national and international Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) developments that enable nations to better address social, economic and environmental issues of pressing importance. Data sharing is a key purpose of spatial data infrastructures, and thus compatibility between SDIs is necessary. Compatibility requires standards, and this is the basis for the GSDI Association's longstanding relationship with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC). Members of the OGC, an international geoprocessing... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Street-level Mapping of Iraq and Other Countries

Kingswood MapMechanics (UK) has extended its range of digital road and street map data sets. Many of its data sets cover remote parts of the world. Afghanistan and Iraq are among the countries covered in the company's latest digital mapping releases. Iraqi data sets are particularly detailed, featuring street-level maps at 1:10,000 of a dozen main cities, including cartographic reference files for Baghdad and Basra, in addition to satellite imaging of all cities. Mapping of other smaller locations is also available. Other countries covered by the new mapping include Brazil, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Indonesia,... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

ESRI-based Geospatial Curricula

ESRI (CA, USA) and two of its partners, Digital Quest, Inc. (DQI) (MS, USA) and Berkeley Geo-Research Group (CA, USA) will combine efforts to expand the educational programs for the quickly growing geospatial workforce. DQI and Berkeley Geo-Research Group (BGRG) have created a series of geospatial workforce curricula under the general banner SPACESTARS. The educational packages are composed of professional GIS and remote sensing applications, targeted data and tailored lessons and classroom support materials. ESRI software, including ArcView, Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst, and relevant ESRI Press books provide the GIS foundation. (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Rwanda Development Gateway Graduates GIS Trainees

The Rwanda Development Gateway Group, in partnership with the Research and Training Centre in Geographic Information systems & Remote Sensing of the National University of Rwanda, recently graduated its first group of trainees. The participants of this introductory training programme now have basic theoretical and technical skills for implementing GIS projects. The partners' objective is to offer introductory and advanced training twice a year, to develop a capability as a regional centre of expertise in GIS. (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

China Imaging Satellite

In November last year China successfully put into orbit the third of its ZY-2 second transmitting-type remote sensing satellites. China launched the first and second ZY-2 satellites in September 2000 and October 2002, respectively, and these are still in orbit. Compared with these previous two satellites, the third has improved overall performance and technology. The satellite is mainly meant for land resource surveying, environmental supervision and protection, city planning, crop-yield assessment, disaster monitoring and space scientific experiment. The launch marked the 82nd time that Long March carriers have been used and the fortieth consecutive successful launch since China launched the... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

GeoForm+

The 2nd International Industrial Forum GeoForm+ - 2005 will take place at the Sokolniki Culture & Exhibition Centre in Moscow (Russia) from 14th to 17th March 2005. GeoForm+ subjects include geodesy, satellite technologies, GPS-technologies, topography, cartography, geoinformation, photogrammetry, navigation and communication, remote sensing, geological survey and prognostication, tunnel building, industrial minerals and their recycled products, technologies and equipment for extraction, preparation and recycling industrial materials. The participants of GeoForm+ include more than 100 Russian and foreign companies. (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Key Role for GIS in Developing Africa

Fifth African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment Conference
Around six hundred participants attended the fifth conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) held in Nairobi, Kenya from 17th to 22nd October 2004. The author reviews the proceedings. The conference was jointly hosted by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, the Government of Kenya ministries of Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife and of Lands and Settlement in Kenya, and the United Nations Environment Programme. Support for the conference came from UNEP, Map Geosystems Ltd, UNESCO, ECA, WRI, ITC, Image Africa, JICA and the Pan African Start Secretariat (see websites); the host... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00
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