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New versatility to chart production by S-100 data model

Teledyne CARIS has announced the release of its Hydrographic Production Database™ (HPD) 4.0. It is designed to support Hydrographic Offices around the world as they embrace the new S-100 Universal Hydrographic Data Model and explore its many possibilities. Its users will be able to augment their existing production environment to support both the S-101 and S-57 Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) production from the same source database. Rich, customizable mappings allow for a full transition of data to the new data model to achieve ultimate versatility without redundancy. Also featured in version 4.0 is the ability to connect to the bathymetry compilation toolkit, CARIS Bathy DataBASE™ (BDB).

Free U.S. traffic count data

Caliper has announced the release of free USA traffic count data for Maptitude 2019 users. This latest map layer includes fields with total Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT), semi-trailer daily traffic, singleunit truck and bus daily traffic, number of through lanes, and road classification. Annual average daily traffic is the total volume of vehicle traffic on a highway or road for a year divided by 365 days. AADT is a useful and simple measurement of how busy a road is The downloaded layer can be added to any Maptitude 2019 map.

Esri releases book: GIS and the 2020 census

In preparation for the 2020 round of censuses comes a book providing statistical organizations with the most recent methodologies and technological tools to support all stages of the census. GIS and the 2020 Census supports the transformation of countries› censuses with the use of GIS software and related geospatial technologies to improve data collection, analysis, and dissemination and to enable agencies to build accurate, authoritative, actionable data.

Mapping is generally recognized as one of the most crucial activities of a census. As Timothy Trainor, former chief geospatial scientist for the US Census Bureau, reminds readers in the foreword of this book, “A census provides the data that allows us to begin the determination of a cause-and-effect relationship to important questions posed by why.” By this, Trainor is referring to the why of where.

GIS and the 2020 Census covers planning, enumeration and field data collection, and post-enumeration tasks: converting existing data, field operations, data processing and dissemination, developing geographic products, and much more.

Spatial database using GIS by Government of Oman

Government of Oman’s, Ministry of Housing is planning to launch a system on land information services with the spatial database using GIS. Recently, a meeting to review the progress in the establishment of the system was held in the presence of Saif bin Amer al Shaqsi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry, representatives of the executing company and a number of officials in the ministry and its directorates.

Taher al Salami, Director of GIS Department at the Directorate General of Urban Planning and Surveying, said, “The system assigned by the ministry to a GIS company is based on the establishment of a central geographic database. The new system assists in the development of land information systems, registration of land and property, draw of survey and topographic maps, geospatial data formation, data migration and development of the geographic database. The system also provides options for daily switching as well as editing, updating, reporting, extracting and printing required notes and receipts collection services through web browser.”

Nordic enterprises seek digital transformation from data center and cloud vendors

Enterprises in the Nordic countries are investing in digital transformation and looking for vendors to help them with their move to the cloud and adoption of artificial intelligence for operations, according to a new report by Information Services Group (ISG) a leading global technology research and advisory firm.

The 2019 ISG Provider Lens™ Private/ Hybrid Cloud — Data Center Services & Solutions Report for the Nordics finds many Nordic enterprises turning to IT outsourcing as a way to cut costs, expand their businesses globally and gain access to technology experts with niche skills.

In some cases, however, Nordic businesses are struggling to see quick returns on investment when they move to a cloud computing model, the report says. While cloud computing can eliminate or minimize hardware infrastructure, some enterprises need outside expertise to help them plan and capitalize their cloud investments.

Ascend unveils Autonomous Dataflow Service

Ascend has introduced the world’s first Autonomous Dataflow Service, allowing data engineering teams to quickly build, scale, and operate continuously optimized, Apache Spark-based pipelines. Users combine declarative configurations and automation to manage cloud infrastructure, optimize pipelines, and eliminate maintenance across the entire data lifecycle. Customers of all sizes and industries are using the Ascend Service to leapfrog their data architectures and build the data foundation to fuel their digital transformations.

Pipelines are an essential part of any modern data architecture. With everchanging infrastructure technologies, larger data volumes, and a growing variety of data formats, today’s pipeline development and operations require far too much coding and a disproportionate amount of time for maintenance and optimizations. Changes in the data itself, infrastructure updates, or logic tweaks often produce brittle and problematic pipelines. For many data engineering teams, this means combing through code and logs and constantly tuning parameters just to keep things running.

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