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
Penn State’s Dr. Anthony Robinson closed the virtual classroom door on Maps and the Geospatial Revolution Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in August 2013. In this, the fourth in a series of conversations about the development of the course, we look at who participated and how, the successes and challenges, and the road ahead.
Last week the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project released a report stating that 74 percent of adult smart phone owners use their phones to get information based on their current location. As more websites and applications start picking up on this trend by launching mobile geo-navigation applications, Brooke talks to geographer Jim Thatcher about what data these apps are taking from our locations, and how is that data being used?
Editor in chief Joe Francica speaks with Diana Maties, a GIS professional with CDM Smith, who is leading a session on Women in GIS at the upcoming GIS Pro conference sponsored by URISA, the Association for GIS Professionals September 16-19 in Providence Rhode Island. In this converation Ms. Maties provides her perspective on what's needed to encourage more women to pursue GIS and what her expectations are for the session that will be held at the conference.
In this interview with Jim Steiner, Oracle’s vice president for product management of server technologies, extensive details are provided about the new spatial functionality included with Oracle Database 12c. Steiner provides information on how multitenancy, the fundamental technology that clouds use to share IT resources cost-efficiently and securely, is extended to a database system. Additional details about new Oracle Spatial features include information on a new raster algebra language, new performance enhancer, 3D and network operations performed inside Oracle Database, and the new release of MapViewer with client-based HTML5 support.