How geographically informed is our current homeland security policy? As the nation continues to rebound from the aftermath of September 11, 2001, academic geographers and those in the private and public sectors continue to
demonstrate how our science and practice can best be used to understand and respond to this adaptive threat.Geography is uniquely suited to enhance and advance
our understanding of terrorism.
Yesterday, Microsoft redirected Vicinity’s MapBlast! Web site visitors to MSN Maps & Directions.The site redirection is as a result of Microsoft recent acquisition of Vicinity MapBlast!
From satellite imagery to satellite guided bombs…GIS is a major technological advantage in the war in Iraq.
Located in the poverty-stricken, sub-Saharan region of Africa known as the Sahel, the Republic of Senegal has a population of about ten million, of which more than fifty-five percent live in the rural areas of the country.The electrification rate in those areas currently stands at only eight percent, which is in sharp contrast to the urban areas where about fifty percent of the residents are on the national grid.
The Bolivian Altiplano is a flat region high in the Andes, lying between the eastern and western cordilleras of that great mountain chain.Mining gold and silver began here in the time of the Inca, and was vastly expanded under the rule of the Spanish Empire.This article discusses a GIS application to support the Bolivian Ministry of Mining and Metallurgy in assessing the health risks of mining sites, and developing appropriate remediation measures.
Directions received quite a few letters this
past week regarding last week’s editorial on Open Source GIS and Linux and we thought we would pass along some of those comments.It obviously struck a cord with many readers and we can foresee that future discussion may be warranted.As always, we welcome articles of any topic and please feel free to submit a more technical brief on your experiences
Maps and satellite Images from the Iraqi War theater are contained in this article.Directions Magazine will have frequent updates of GIS technology usage as they become available.
Microsoft’s MapPoint evangelist Steve Lombardi provides some interesting perspectives on why Location-based services application have never quite taken off…until now!
While Location Based Services seem to be regarded as the “Next New Thing,” it is unclear that LBS will result in “profit” for the majority of the players involved, although it is likely that there will be significant revenues generated by the industry.This article will look at the industry by observing trends in the market and, then, consider the segmentation of the market in order to try to understand the players that might profit as opposed to those who will not profit.
Editor Joe Francica traveled to New Orleans to cover the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association Conference (CTIA) and the Microsoft Mobility Developers Conference.This article provides executive summaries of the week’s events, including keynote addresses of Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect of Microsoft, and AOL Time-Warner board member and CNN founder, Ted Turner.
Many voices chime in to answer the question “How does one find existing services that implement OGC Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Web Coverage Service (WCS) interface standards these days?”