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Monday, April 7th 2003
by Joe Francica

From satellite imagery to satellite guided bombs…GIS is a major technological advantage in the war in Iraq.

Saturday, April 5th 2003
by Jim Baumann

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.

Wednesday, April 2nd 2003
by Gary Ostroff

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.

Monday, March 31st 2003
by Joe Francica

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
with Linux and other open source GIS products to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Thursday, March 27th 2003
by Directions Staff

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.

Thursday, March 27th 2003
by Steve Lombardi

Microsoft’s MapPoint evangelist Steve Lombardi provides some interesting perspectives on why Location-based services application have never quite taken off…until now!

Wednesday, March 26th 2003
by Mike Dobson

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.

Friday, March 21st 2003
by Joe Francica

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.

Wednesday, March 19th 2003
by Joe Francica

In many large utilities, spatial information is utilized in a variety of ways, and usually embedded within enterprise systems for scheduling, transmission and distribution,
supply chain management, or work order management.One such supplier of integrated solutions is Indus International, a company of 650 employees headquartered
in Atlanta, Georgia.They recently deployed their solution to BC Hydro, one of the largest electric utilities in Canada, serving more than 1.5 million customers, in
conjunction with a scheduling and crew optimization system from ClickSoftware (Burlington, MA).BC Hydro also uses an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
system from PeopleSoft and will implement a customer information system (CIS) from SAP later in 2003.

Wednesday, March 19th 2003
by Joe Francica

In this week’s editorial, Directions Magazine editor-in-chief, Joe Francica discusses recent kudos afforded Intergraph CEO Jim Taylor and also the move to open source GIS.

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