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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

Friday, July 25th 2003
by Richard F. Pearlman

A recent U.S.Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration study reported the cost of congestion nationwide at $78 billion in 1999, representing the cost of 4.5 billion person hours of extra travel time and $6.8 billion gallons of fuel wasted while sitting in traffic.The increase in navigation usage is bringing about an increased demand for relevant travel information.JD Power and Associates 2002 Navigation Usage and
Satisfaction Study found that the overwhelming majority of navigation users surveyed definitely want real-time travel information.The article will explore the coming demand for fleet managers and commuters alike.

Wednesday, July 23rd 2003
by Dr. Charles Laymon

This article is a case study of current and projected land use in Madison County, Alabama.It was conducted on behalf of the Huntsville Land Trust to help them determine how best to protect land and open spaces from future development and assist them predicting how much they would need to acquire to meet their goals.

Wednesday, July 23rd 2003
by Joe Francica

On May 21st of this years, PBS&J, SmartRoute Systems/Westwood One (SRS), Tele Atlas North American and Meteorlogix announced the formation of a
national alliance to provide 511 traveler information telephone services to state and local agencies.According to the press release issued that day, “the companies are
part of the 511 Deployment Coalition, a consortium of government agencies and private companies working to bring 511 services to” What is 511?
511 is similar in approach to the existing emergency number, 911, except that its intended use is for nationwide traveler information.Directions Magazine queried the
various members to get a better understanding of how the system works, how it be deployed, and how it will be used.

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