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Wednesday, August 20th 2003
by William F. Davenhall

Recently a major patient quality of care
organization, the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), suggested that patient safety extends beyond the walls of the hospital and
into the community.Experts on clinical outcomes have long recognized the fact that geography plays a critical role.This altered notion of patient safety, while on its face does not appear “radical,” does pose some interesting
questions and presents new opportunities for geographic information systems, or GIS, to play a significant role.

Saturday, August 16th 2003
by Directions Staff

NOAA has released satellite images taken before and after of the historic blackout of the Northeastern United States, which plunged millions of people into darkness.NOAA processed the night lights data taken by the Defense Meteorological  Satellite Program (DMSP). NOAA archives the data from the satellite.The images were taken from the same time period on Aug.13 and 14, 2003.

Friday, August 15th 2003
by Kevin Coleman

Chemical and Biological Warfare (CBW) is considered a poor man’s nuke.They are cheap, easy to manufacture and are considered weapons of mass destruction
(WMDs).Chemical and biological weapons use some of the most dangerous chemicals and diseases known to man.These weapons are at the forefront of terrorist
and military threats to world safety and world peace.In past articles,  we presented new and unique technologies that can and are being deployed to detect a release of a chemical or biological agent.However, it is
impossible to protect every area of every city within the America.So if a chemical or biological agent were released, how soon could it be detected and would we
be able to respond quick enough to contain and limit the number of people exposed? This article explores the some of the risks and remedies of dealing with the variety of chemical agents that exist in the world today.

Thursday, August 14th 2003
by Directions Staff

The United States Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a report on July 24th citing faulty maps as a cause for the Quecreek Mine disaster in
June 2002, where nine miners were trapped for 4 days until rescued through the narrowest of bore holes through which they were lifted to safety.According to the
report, “The primary cause of the water inundation was the use of an undated and uncertified mine map of the Harrison No.2 mine.Read more and see photos and maps about the disaster.

Wednesday, August 13th 2003
by Dr. Matthew Tate

National Preparedness—The concept, or better yet the very definition, is in transition due to changes in technology.How is any nation to be prepared for the next natural or man-made disaster? Changes in technology such as database design,
geospatial applications, hardware, speed and method of transmission; plus a strong sense of urgency to protect ourselves following the 9/11 events in New York are affecting everything from technology purchases to public policy…Read more.

Tuesday, August 12th 2003
by John Fisher

Most of the things that human society cares about happen at addresses.Where people live, work and play.Where most economic activity takes place.Where
crime happens.Where fires occur.Where people are injured.Where goods are bought and sold.This article will discuss how point level addressing is particularly beneficial for those applications that are dependent upon locational precision and where standard, range-based address geocoding is flawed.

Monday, August 11th 2003
by Directions Staff

Safe Software is in a unique position to support the spatial information industry with technology that promotes interoperability.They believe that that OGC has “provided clarity to the interoperability picture” and the company
is also peeking into the future to see where the next opportunity may lie in capitalizing on GML and WFS.Read the entire interview with Safe’s President, Don Murray, and vice president of Product Development, Dale Lutz.

Saturday, August 9th 2003
by Directions Staff

Market research firm, Daratech, issued a press release forecasting 8% growth in the GIS market for 2003.Compared to the meager 2.4% growth in 2002, this year looks like the industry has turned the corner and is poised for growth.Their press release follows here.

Thursday, August 7th 2003
by Jim Baumann

Landmines have been a staple in military arsenals around the world for nearly 90 years.They are cheaply produced, difficult to detect, and easily detonated.In many
ways, a landmine is the ideal weapon.It is designed to maim, not kill.It slows the advance of an enemy and confuses and demoralizes him.One of the significant
characteristics of a landmine is that it works for free and never forgets its duty, standing guard over killing fields well after conflicts have ended and former adversaries
have formed new alliances for joint peace and prosperity.Read this fascinating article about how GIS was used in establishing a solid database of information to be used among agencies tasked with “de-mining” these hazardous weapons.

Wednesday, August 6th 2003
by Matthew Spencer

Belfast in Northern Ireland is undergoing a renaissance having experienced record increases in economic growth and prosperity in recent years.Since 1999, this City has received over £250 million of investment from the British Government and multinational companies, which has created hundreds of new jobs in a variety of
knowledge intensive industries.Read how the Council implemented GIS to improve city services and public access to information.

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