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Wayland, MA - 18 January 2017: The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on its WaterML 2 - Part 3, Surface Hydrology Features Conceptual Model.
The OGC WaterML 2 - Part 3, Surface Hydrology Features Conceptual Model (HY_Features) is part of an intended ‘OGC WaterML 2’ suite of standards that groups water-related...
tHIS IS A TEST
(Directions Magazine, July 14, 2014)
(Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA Administrator)
(Dr. Robert Griffin, Director, DHS First Responders Division)
(EPC Updates, December 23, 2013)
(careful - 166 MB, WMV file, 57:00 video - must be downloaded)
(3.01 MB, online PDF)
Comment: Again, kudos to the U.S. Census Bureau for their effort in this area - some of the very first questions asked after any disaster: "How many people are in the disaster area and what's the economic impact?". Accurate answers to both of these questions can now be provided much quicker thanks to this effort by the USCB.
I'm off to wander the countryside on a summer break.
Back in two weeks.
All the Best,
It's easy enough to say your patriotic, but do you have sufficient command of the facts to back up the boast? Find out below with 50 questions about the 4th of July and related events that have made this country great:
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 3, 2014)
(Toast.net, July 3, 2014)
Wishing You and Yours the Very Best on this Independence Day Weekend!
It's coming on like gangbusters and before you know it the 7th annual HAZUS Users Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana will be here. Deadline to register is July 26! Details below:
(FEMA Bulletin, June 26, 2014)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a document meant to serve as an executive level briefing on the 16 sectors of infrastructure that have been designated as critical by the Department. The 52-page guide provides a brief overview of each sector, and then offers "Threats and Hazards of Concern" for that sector. Find it at the link below:
(DHS, May 2014)
Comment: Kudos to DHS - this is a well done document with one exception. Missing from consideration is the infrastructure that brings meaning to ALL other infrastructure. That would be the nation's geospatial infrastructure. Please see the National Spatial Data Infrastructure and GITA's GECCo program to understand the point.
It's the newspaper that has been the most vocal proponent of Edward Snowden. Now, as part of its Resilient Cities series, The Guardian has started to examine some of the issues associated with the emerging technology of "predicative policing". More below:
(The Guardian, June 25, 2014)
“Minority Report is about predicting who will commit a crime before they commit it. This is about predicting where and when crime is most likely to occur, not who will commit it.”Graphic Credit: PredPol
It's been one year since 19 wildland firefighters lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill Fireon June 30, 2013. Have we done everything we can as a nation to keep an incident like this from happening again? Pause for a moment and consider:
(Al Studt, June 27, 2014)
Photo Credit: USA Today
Ah, the weekend. It's summer and that means it's time to be outside enjoying the weather. But if you should find yourself trapped inside this weekend, offered below for your consideration are three articles from a series by the Washington Post which examine some of the issues that must be addressed as drones (UAVs/UASs) are brought into the most heavily used airspace in the world:
(The Washington Post, June 20, 2014)
(The Washington Post, June 22, 2014)
(The Washington Post, June 23, 2014)
Wishing You a Fabulous Weekend Full of Sun and Fun!
Graphic credit: Washington Post
A unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court
leaves little doubt someone has been doing something wrong. And that's exactly what happened on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 when the justices ruled 9-0 on the issue of police searching a suspect's cellphone data without a warrant. More below:
(The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2014)
(Supreme Court of the United States, June 25, 2014)
Comment: Although this case settles the issue of cellphone data searches without a warrant (to include location data), and a previous case found a warrant must be issued before GPS tracking can be used (United States v. Jones), apparently left unanswered is the issue of police using alternate means to track a cellphone's location (tower records,StingRay). Given findings in the two benchmark data cases settled to date, the handwriting is on the wall concerning this third issue and the law enforcement community would be wise to take notice before facing another ruling which overturns convictions.
Out of concern not enough was being done to ensure the safety of wildland firefighters, on Monday, June 23, 2014, a group of retired experts from that community ("Safety Matters") made known their viewpoint by issuing a 17-page report detailing needed changes. Passages below from the Executive Summary tell the story of what you'll find in the report:
“A year has passed since the deaths of 19 firefighters on the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. Another fire season is now underway. The agencies managing wildland fire have not made any significant changes to existing procedures, nor have they announced any plans for procedural or policy updates for the future. This reflects the apparent perception that the existing system is working as well as can be expected. Safety Matters disagrees.”
Read the full report at the link below:
“Safety Matters has identified the following areas in need of immediate change, in order to provide for maximum firefighter safety. They include:
- A benefit analysis of values at risk (homes, private property, public lands) vs. the risk to firefighter’s lives.
- Development of an independent investigative body for serious accidents and fatalities.
- Direct involvement of agency administrators and program managers, especially when fires escape initial attack and incident management teams are mobilizing or in transition.
- Establishing standardized emergency communications protocol.
- Establishing uniformity in mapping systems.“
(Safety Matters, June 23, 2014)
Comment: Wow! This is a well documented, thought provoking report written by individuals who obviously care about the safety of wildland firefighters. Community leadership must now make a choice when responding to this report: Defend the institutional status quo by doing nothing, or fix issues brought to light and thereby enhance wildland firefighter safety. Of particular note from the perspective of EPC Updates is the discussion on pages 16-17 about the need for a standard "language of location" in the wildland firefighting community - U.S. National Grid.
Another voice is being heard on the issue of GIS open data and information sharing. This time it's a Nebraska State Senator, and he's leading the charge in the Cornhusker State Legislature. More below:
(Government Technology, June 5, 2014)
Comment: We love it! More men and women like Senator Dan Watermeir are needed in legislatures across the nation!
As a way to help children in the Tornado Alley section of the United States better understand severe weather, undergraduate students at The University of Oklahomarecently completed an iPad app called Storm Tracker. Based on the premise that one of the easiest ways to teach a topic is through game play, the app challenges players to route airplanes around storms to avoid trouble:
(Emergency Management, June 11, 2014)
Comment: Rain rain go away, come again another day - this app couldn't have shown up at a better time!
Time has been flying by since the last time I departed on one of my dysfunctional postings brought on by the lack of oxygen. Hard to believe because there are so many recent developments that are hard to believe. Let's check out the latest departures:
(Business Insider India, May 21, 2014)
Turbulent Airwaves. Equipment to jam radar systems has been around for years. Little surprise the New Radar will soon experience same:
(Wired, June 3, 2014)
Cheap Flight. Can't find a cheap ticket to a fun place? Not to fear. Click the link below and 2 minutes later you'll know how to bring the fun back to flying, at a VERY affordable price:
(The Wall Street Journal Videos, June 8, 2014)
The Times of India, May 22, 2014)
Flying High. Which country has the highest flyers? Graphic above and link below tell the story:
(Gizmodo, May 14, 2014)
Here's Hoping Your Weekend is a Smooth Ride Without Any Bumps!
Graphic credits:Turbulent Airwaves - Huffington Post Flying High - WHO
Taipei, Taiwan -Supergeo Technologies Inc. is glad to announce a new partner in Pakistan. After close contact for a short time, Supergeo decided to authorize Chaudhery Brothers as an official distributor to provide SuperGIS series products in the local market.
Established in 1987, Lahore, Chaudhery Brothers is an experienced consulting firm focused...
Des Plaines, IL -The National Center for Transit Research, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association and the Transportation Research Board are jointly sponsoring the 10th National GIS in Transit Conference, September 6-8, 2017, in Washington, DC.
Martin Catala, Director Advanced Geo-Spatial & Informatics Lab, at the Center for Urban...
Markham, Ontario, Canada - January 17, 2017: PCI Geomatics, a world-leading developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, announced today that it is six years since it began providing clients with cloud-based processing.
Big data is a challenge that the remote sensing industry has grappled with for several...
Wayland, MA - 17 January 2017: The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on its candidate InfraGML standards.
The candidate OGC InfraGML Encoding standards define the implementation-dependent, GML encoding of concepts supporting land and civil engineering infrastructure facilities. InfraGML is a GML implementation...
Redlands, CA -Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics technology, today announced a partnership with GISinc to analyze customer behavior to help retailers increase sales.
Esri will integrate its cutting-edge spatial analytics platform with GISinc's indoor mapping capabilities to analyze data collected by sensor-enabled overhead smart lighting...
601 W Saint Germain Street, Saint Cloud, MN 56301 -St. Cloud, MN:GeoComm and RapidSOS are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to provide public safety agencies that use GeoComm 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) mapping systems with accurate location and additional data from the RapidSOS...
Taipei, Taiwan -Supergeo Technologies Inc. is going to unveil a brand-new version of its one of most popular GIS software in field surveying – SuperPad 10 before the end of January 2017.
Designed for spatial data collection, SuperPad is mobile GIS software supports both Windows Mobile and Windows OS. Recently, with the growing popularity of tablet...
New York -
January 12, 2017 - Global Resources Management Consultancy Inc. (GRMC), announced their complete Scan-to-BIM and BIM Modeling Services providing “Your Facility on Your Desktop” … the fastest and most comprehensive building documentation available, literally providing your entire building/facility on your desktop with accurate “as-is”...
Redlands, CA -Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics technology, today announced its participation in the National Retail Federation (NRF) Convention and Expo, to be held January 15–17, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
The NRF Convention and Expo, nicknamed Retail's BIG Show, is the largest annual retail convention in...
Redlands, CA -Global smart-mapping leader Esri today announced the launch of DataLB, Long Beach, California's comprehensive data hub. The hub makes the city's geospatial analytics data available online to the public. This technology enables citizens, businesses, and academic institutions to use geographic information for better decision-making.
Montreal, Canada -
Newly Released Maevex 6100 Quad Encoder Card to be Featured; Entire Matrox Video Wall and H.264 Based AV-over-IP Portfolios on Display
— At ISE 2017 (Amsterdam RAI, Feb. 7-10, Stand: 12-E38), Matrox will be presenting its complete ecosystem of AV-over-IP and video wall products, offering system builders and integrators a...
portland,ME - - The organizers of International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), the world’s leading technical conference and expo covering the newest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies, announced the 2017 keynote lineup today. The event takes place February 13-15 in...
Sedona, AZ, USA - 3-Day, Hands-On Workshop to Take Place March 20 - 22, 2017
January 11, 2017: GeoMattix is pleased to announce a new 3-day workshop on Designing and Deploying Foolproof Collector Projects for those new to GIS field data collection with Esri’s Collector app. The hands-on workshop will take place in Sedona, Arizona, March 20 -...
The Oracle Spatial and Graph SIG user group is partnering with Oracle’s Business Intelligence, Warehousing, and Analytics (BIWA) SIG on the Oracle Spatial + BIWA Summit: THE Big Data + Analytics + Spatial + Cloud + IoT + Everything Cool User Conference (http://www.biwasummit.org). The event takes place at Oracle's headquarters in Redwood Shores, California...