The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) rolled out its Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) in December 2013. A cooperative effort of 16 western states, the map-based tool provides the public and industry an overview of crucial wildlife habitats. The goal is to ensure that fish and wildlife are better incorporated into land use decision making. Learn how the high demand website was designed to be scalable, cost effective and beautiful.
The U.S. Government Accounting office is examining the risks to consumers’ privacy by location-based services, and in particular how those risks apply to the future of the "connected car." The Centre for Spatial Law and Policy’s executive director, Kevin Pomfret, explains how regulators intend to broadly apply existing privacy guidelines to the collection, use, storage and distribution of geolocated data.
Three years ago the Open Source Geospatial Foundation and the International Cartographic Association became partners and launched the ICA-OSGeo Labs Initiative. The network of labs focuses on education and research with free and open source geospatial (FOSS4G) technology. Directions Magazine interviewed Helena Mitasova, associate professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University, to get an update on the initiative.
MAGIC is a 25-year-old geospatial professional organization representing nine states with the mission to support GIS professionals and present educational opportunities. Susan Norton serves on the MidAmerica GIS Consortium (MAGIC) executive board as secretary and provides an update on the organization.
From telematics to in-dash Internet browsers and better navigation, cars are getting smarter and more connected. Alexis Caffrey, a freelance writerfocusing on emerging technology, tech trends, and new media, takes us on a ride to see what technology we can expect to find down the road from car manufacturers.
At the end of 2013 the City of Greater Geelong, in Victoria, Australia published the first dataset on the newely installed geoserver, part of Australian Government's open data site, data.gov.au. Martin von Wyss the Co-ordinator for the Spatial Information Services group shares the city's experiences so far.
Cambashi is a market research, industry analyst and consulting firm that covers the use of IT to address business issues in a variety of industry sectors. The company shared with Directions Magazinea few details from its latest GIS Observatory reports, typically only available to subscribers.Weposed some questions to Christine Easterfield, principal analyst, about the latest round of numbers and what’s ahead.
Indoor location technology remains a hot topic and a potential game-changer for location intelligent retailers and a myriad of other industries. Executive Editor Wes Stroh interviewed Dan Ryan, CEO of ByteLight, about light field communication, or Li-Fi, for indoor positioning as determined by LED light fixtures.