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Friday, August 22nd 2003
by Steve Lombardi

The best of the best, the Oscars of Web Mapping, the Golden Globes of Internet GIS…it is all here and Steve Lombardi of Microsoft shows us the way.Take a tour of Directions Magazine’s web mapping field of fine contestants with an eye toward the unique!

Thursday, August 21st 2003
by Joe Francica

MapInfo reported a profitable third quarter, their first in several.Mike Hickey, MapInfo’s Chief Operation Officer comments on the turnaround and the prospects for
continued growth in the retail and insurance sectors as well as opportunities he sees on the horizon.Editor-in-chief, Joe Francica spoke with Mr.Hickey on August 7, 2003.

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.

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