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Thursday, September 18th 2014
by Idaho State University

Firefighter have tapped a GIS-satellite imagery decision support system designed by Idaho State University’s GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Training and Research Center and NASA to help with planning wildfire recovery.

This system will be expanded for use throughout the western United States so it can used to help fire managers battle the large types of blazes that have occurred in Oregon, Washington and California this summer.

Wednesday, September 17th 2014
by Puneet Kollipara

A programme that dispatches student researchers to train civil society organisations in the developing world in data handling skills so that they can track aid and development spending in their locality is expanding this year. AidData’s Summer Fellows programme entails sending 'student fellows' for two to three months during the US summer to organisations around the world. Here's some of the work they did.

Thursday, September 11th 2014
by Juan Marin

Why would anyone want different versions of data? Don’t we all want data we can trust, that doesn’t vary from copy to copy? The answer is yes, sometimes. Boundless CTO Juan Marin explains how GeoGig can manage versioned geodata.

Thursday, September 11th 2014
by Katy Rossiter

Understanding geographic relationships is key to understanding how to properly use Census Bureau data. This article sheds some light on how these different entities relate to one another. It focuses on geographic relationships that exist below the national level, such as ZIP Code tabulation areas and school districts.

Wednesday, September 10th 2014
by Wynne Mancini and Barbara Trapido-Lurie

Arizona State University alumnus Adam Kiefer, a geographic informations systems (GIS) specialist, works to protect the Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He developed a public safety program that has advanced to the final round of the Google Impact Challenge, a competition that supports nonprofit organizations using technology to confront complex problems. He proposed real-time tracking and mapping of Virunga National Park, as well as a phone-mapping system, that the four million Congolese living in and around the park could use to report security issues.

Wednesday, September 10th 2014

[Sponsored content] Nearly every business needs maps, whether to see where your customers and competitors are, to assign the route your salespeople follow when they call on clients, or to create maps of service areas for your franchisees. And that's why Maptitude makes good sense for businesses. It's packed with demographic data, plays well with Microsoft applications, and is easy enough for the geographically challenged to use. But this business mapmaker and data analyzer isn't free; in fact, at US$695, it costs more than Microsoft Office. However, Maptitude is the best business mapping application for workplaces running Windows, and is actually much cheaper than the majority of competing offerings.  

Monday, September 8th 2014
by Jon Campbell

Humans have been observing Earth for a very long time simply because the conditions of the Earth are basic to our survival and our prosperity. Even the most ancient written records are filled with accounts of great floods, famines, and earthquakes. When to plant and when to harvest, how to use precious water resources most effectively, and ways to avoid natural disasters are all age-old challenges that have encouraged Earth observation from the beginning of civilization. But now we observe from afar.

Monday, September 8th 2014
by Kate Ramsayer

The Landsat 8 satellite is helping researchers spot aquatic algae from space, gathering information that could direct beachgoers away from contaminated bays and beaches. With improved sensors and technology on the latest Landsat satellite, researchers can now distinguish slight variations in the color of coastal water due to algae or sediments to identify potential problem areas.

Thursday, September 4th 2014
by Simon Everest

A UK event in July, StackMaps, focused not on technology and data but providing higher quality user-facing services.

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014
by Anne Ju

Spoofed GPS signals fool today's recievers into thinking they are real. But researchers at Cornell have a way to tell which are the real McCoys. The work may make GPS hackubg less of a worry.

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