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Wednesday, July 23rd 2003
by Joe Francica

On May 21st of this years, PBS&J, SmartRoute Systems/Westwood One (SRS), Tele Atlas North American and Meteorlogix announced the formation of a
national alliance to provide 511 traveler information telephone services to state and local agencies.According to the press release issued that day, “the companies are
part of the 511 Deployment Coalition, a consortium of government agencies and private companies working to bring 511 services to U.S.markets.” What is 511?
511 is similar in approach to the existing emergency number, 911, except that its intended use is for nationwide traveler information.Directions Magazine queried the
various members to get a better understanding of how the system works, how it be deployed, and how it will be used.

Wednesday, July 16th 2003
by Philip Abrahamson

Open source software promises an attractive range of benefits: it is free, vendor independent, and open to continual evolution and improvement by a global
development community.
For the Geographic and Location industries, the question is: does open source software work in practice?  To offer some possible answers, this article provides a
practical case study of software development for the Geographic and Location industries using open source products and operating systems.It describes the
experiences by software developers at High Country Software Ltd.of Surry, UK, and provides some commentary on where other companies could benefit from the introduction of open source into their services or products.

Tuesday, July 15th 2003
by Donald B. Segal

The conventional use of demographics by market researchers involved with site selection is cumbersome, and typically involves the generation of maps and reports
based on proximity to a proposed location.Traditional demographic data provide individual counts and tabulations for each specific unit of geography.Read how a new technique, ProximityDemographics, provides a measure of cumulative demographic data within a specified radius or drive time of each geography…only in Directions Magazine

Tuesday, July 15th 2003
by Joe Francica

Pixxures recently hired ex-ESRI executive, Chuck Killpack, to be its president.He comes to Pixxures as the remote sensing imagery business goes through some turbulent times.Directions Magazine Editor-in-Chief Joe Francica interviews Killpack for his insights on the industry, where he sees
Pixxures in the future and why he left ESRI.

Wednesday, July 9th 2003
by Joe McGinnis

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) has greatly enhanced the efficiency with which highway projects and maintenance activities are carried out in the state by implementing web-based GIS technology.The PENNDOT GIS serves transportation data and applications to district and county DOT offices through a wide-area network and shares key program information with planning partners via the Internet.This article will review the applications of the system and how PENNDOT district offices rely heavily on the system for monitoring the status of statewide projects and retrieving critical information.

Wednesday, July 9th 2003
by Ian Clemens

In 2000, the Michigan Independent Power Producers Association (MIPPA) instituted a Michigan-based Green Power Co-op to establish a viable renewable
energy-generated electricity market.Crucial to the success of the co-op is the innovative concept of tagging renewable energy power sources as Green.SVG technology was used to create a website for tracking Green Energy sources in the state of Michigan.

Wednesday, July 9th 2003
by Dr. William Graf

Since its establishment in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has assumed a gradually increasing importance in environmental management in the United
States.The effect of the Act is especially significant in matters related to water management in rivers.This brief article addresses the following questions: why has
ESA become so important in water and river matters? And what is the role of geographic technology and knowledge in addressing these issues? The article
concludes with two case examples where restoration is underway in attempts to reverse the loss of wildlife.

Monday, July 7th 2003
by Joe Francica

Jack Dangermond opened the ESRI International User Conference with a copious display of end-user
applications from business to biodiversity.Striking in their multiplicity, it was demonstration of just how
extensive the network of ESRI customers is.Dangermond’s focus during the keynote was centered on GIS
as an instrument of managing an “increasingly human-affected world.” Always the environmentalist,
Dangermond espoused the benefits of using GIS to educate a larger body of people to effect public policy as
well as to institute best practices in business and government.

Wednesday, July 2nd 2003
by Laser-Scan Staff

Local authorities and other government agencies are working hard to achieve e-government targets: to get all government services available electronically by 2005.
Spatial data will play an important part in helping deliver services electronically and in helping people to communicate and conduct information searches on a national
scale in the UK.The London Borough of Enfield (LBE), a proactive and forward-looking Borough Council, is already making significant progress in addressing its e-government
targets.The council has recognised that success lies in making data from each department accessible to all other departments, as well as to the wider community.In
other words, creating a single, enterprise-wide database.This is not as simple as it sounds! However, LBE expects 100% clean and structured data in little more than
five weeks, reducing their original estimate by almost 5 years.Find out how!

Wednesday, July 2nd 2003
by Robert van Wyngaarden

GIS was recognized early on by Superior Propane Inc., as being a technology and a tool that could help to understand the geographic nature of their combined business enterprise which
encompasses 11 operating regions across all 10 provinces and 2 of the 3 territories of Canada.Currently there are 67 market areas across Canada contained in
these operating regions.This article explores how they used GIS effectively as an operational resource for finding new markets for retail outlets.

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