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Top Satellite image and other GIS Contest News

Friday, December 21st 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

DigitalGlobe needs judges for its annual best satellite image contest. Its internal judges have narrowed the field to 20.

To vote, simply go to DigitalGlobe’s Facebook page to see the Top Image Contest – 2012 album. You can “like” as many images as you want, but only the five images with the most likes will make it to the final round. You have a week and a half to vote, campaign for, and promote the images you want to see in the top five.

On December 19, we will announce the five images with the overall most “likes” and you will be able to vote on your favorite image via a Facebook poll. Want additional votes in this final round? Follow DigitalGlobe on TwitterGoogle+and Pinterest to retweet, repin and +1 your favorite images.

We will announce the winning image of 2012 in early January 2013. Which one do you think deserves the Top Image of the Year title? We want you to be the judge!

No prizes for participating; this is just for fun (and educational, too).

- DigitalGlobe Blog via Spatial Source

The [Hong Kong] Planning Department (PlanD)'s first self-developed Geographic Information System (GIS)-based Site Search Tool won a prize at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2012 in the e-Government Category at a prize presentation ceremony held in Brunei on December 5.

One of the main roles of PlanD is to identify suitable sites for various types of land uses, such as residential, commercial or public facilities. This self-developed search tool is built on a GIS model and a specially designed algorithm. The aim is to help execute this complicated exercise in order to select potential sites that meet user requirements and specific geographic constraints.

- press release

The Data Fusion Contest is organized by the Data Fusion Technical Committee of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). The Contest is open not only to IEEE members, but to everyone, with the goal of evaluating existing methodologies at the research or operational level to solve remote sensing problems using data from a variety of sensors.


This year, the Contest involves two datasets – a hyperspectral image and a LiDAR derived Digital Surface Model (DSM), both at the same spatial resolution (2.5m). The hyperspectral imagery has 144 spectral bands in the 380 nm to 1050 nm region. The dataset was acquired over the University of Houston campus and the neighboring urban area.

Winning teams in two categories get tickets to awards ceremony, iPads and their papers published.  

Best Classification Award – Results to be submitted between February 16, 2013 and May 1, 2013.

Best Paper Award – Manuscripts to be submitted by May 31, 2013

Details via LinkedIn

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