Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Dale Kunce, a geospatial engineer with the American Red Cross about how 900 people are lending a hand remotely by collaborating on online maps, through the OpenStreetMap network. Image: Editing activity to the OpenStreetMap for the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. (Pascal Neis resultmap)
There are all sorts of humanitarian and relief efforts that happen in hard-hit countries after disasters like Typhoon Haiyan. But not all disasters have equally damaging effects. The storm surge from Typhoon Haiyan reached as high as 23 feet and in some places sea water churned up by the storm far exceeded that. James K. Mitchell, a professor of geography at Rutgers University, joins The Takeaway to explain how storm surge makes natural disasters riskier. Image: Japan Meteorological Agency’s MTSAT-1R / Wikimedia Commons
Last Monday Google announced Google Maps Engine Pro. The new member of the Maps Engine family is aimed at business users; it basically allows them to easily put dots on a map and share the map. The company also announced a partnership with Safe Software and a public data program. What are the implications for the existing GIS community?
Editor in chief Joe Francica attended the Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure 2013 conference in London, UK and spoke with Richard Zambuni, Global Marketing Director for Geospatial and Utilities and Rob Mankowski, Vice President, Software Development where he discussed Bentley's strategy in the geospatial solution marketplace.
As early as April 2014, NOAA will discontinue printing its lithographic nautical charts in favor of its increasingly popular digital versions, saving the organization millions of dollars in printing and updating. Directions Magazine interviewed Ted Florence, president of Avenza Systems, about the move to digital.