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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.

Tuesday, August 5th 2003
by Nora Parker

On August 27th, 1979, Lord Mountbatten was killed by an IRA bomb while sailing near his holiday home in County Sligo, Ireland.I was personally affected by this event, as I was vacationing only about 30 miles away from where the tragic event took place.My experience back in 1979 drew me to read, with special interest, the article by Matthew Spencer that chronicles Belfast City Council’s use of GIS in supporting revitalization efforts that have taken place since 1999.

Friday, August 1st 2003
by Dr. Charles Croner

From my perspective, few things are as important as having U.S.State and local health departments connect to Intranet and Internet
environments and share geospatial data holdings and metadata, standardized for interoperability.State and local health departments are the public health building blocks for
the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).Recently, several noteworthy developments of connecting local geospatial health databases to the public have occurred and this article will discuss some of those developments.

Wednesday, July 30th 2003
by Joe Francica

Over the past few years, we have reported on Location-based Services, the hype of the early days, the transition and subsequent shakeout among
companies vying for the market.There have been companies focused solely on position determination and those that can process the location of
people or objects that are sending their position from wireless devices.Companies in GIS have been in the category of processing location and
creating mapping software for different mobile device form factors.In this interview, Editor-in-Chief, Joe Francica speaks with Jonathan Spinney,
Industry Manager for Location-based Services at ESRI.Here is that interview:

Wednesday, July 30th 2003

Throughout the formative years of Location-Based Services (LBS) (circa 1997-2001), the carrier/operator approach to LBS was to implement a core node within the SS7 network that was
capable of extracting the location of mobile devices from the network.This article gives a brief history of approaches to LBS architecture and identifies where OpenLS fits into the new architectural model that most operators/carriers
are now embracing.

Monday, July 28th 2003
by Garnet Daus

Take a bite out of crime®.This phrase, which was made famous by McGruff® the Crime Dog in 1980, started a revolution in the which citizens began taking crime prevention into their own hands.That trend continues today in Lancaster, Pa., where the community has taken a more organized approach to preventing crime…read more in Directions Magazine

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