An upset Tokyo has lodged a protest with New Delhiagainst the Survey of India not indicating ‘Sea of Japan’ on its maps by that name. India’s official map-making agency, the Survey of India has omitted naming the water body in its English version, though the Hindione calls the area ‘Japan Sagar’ on its maps. A marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean, lying between the Asian mainland, the Japanese archipelago and Sakhalin, it is bordered by Japan, North Korea, Russia and South Korea. The reason for Japan taking offence is that the name ‘Sea of Japan’ is a bone of contention between it and the Koreas. While Seoul prefers the name ‘East Sea’ to be used instead of or in addition to ‘Sea of Japan’, North Korea wants it called ‘East Sea of Korea’. Japan has also given documents to the MEA saying the UN recognised ‘Sea of Japan’ as the standard geographical term in March 2004. “The simultaneous use of both — ‘Sea of Japan’ and ‘East Sea’ — infringes on the neutrality of the UN,” Japan has argued. www.indianexpress.com
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) developed an environmental data bank including environmental and industrial information with their geographical distribution and location for the first time in SriLanka. In addition to the data collected from regional CEA officers, it has also included data received from Wildlife, Forest Conservation, Census and Statistics, Survey and Archaeological Departments, National Building Research Organization and various other institutions. www.dailynews.lk
Rolta International, Inc. has announced its selection as a Gold Partner in the EsriPartnership Network in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Rolta extends the benefits of traditional GIS to the enterprise through its deep Oracle and IT services expertise. This breadth of expertise is uniquely required to provide the integrated IT, GIS and Analytics/ Business Intelligence solutions that businesses need to achieve operational performance objectives and to support critical decision making. www.rolta.com
The World Bank has agreed for additional financing of Rs7.5 billion for the computerisation of land record and the contract signing, in this regard, is expected in next month. Board of Revenue Punjab spokesperson said the implementation of World Bank Project i.e. Land Records Management and Information System will not only secure the records, improve service delivery but will also stabilize and improve the economy and land market throughout Punjab. www.nation.com.pk
Adapx has announced new speech and sketch interfaces to speed mission planning data capture with Google Earth, Command Post of the Future (CPOF), and The Army’s Replay Application Framework. With speech and sketch interfaces from Adapx, soldiers can enter intelligence and planning data into existing C4ISR and Command and Control (C2) systems by simply sketching standard military symbols and speaking standard jargon. www.marketwire.com
Águas de Portugal (AdP) Group has selected Bentley’s water software technology to streamline the operation and management of its water and wastewater systems while also making them more efficient and reliable. AdP Group’s water and wastewater collection and treatment systems and water supply networks serve 80 percent of Portugal’s population. www.bentley.com/WaterSoftware
Ordnance Survey, Great Britain, is reminding land and property professionals to ensure that they are not risking their professional reputation by using unlicensed mapping data. Over the last 10 years the use of digital location-based information has changed significantly, from being used by only a small number of organisations to becoming an essential business decisionmaking tool. This increased reliance on, and recognition of, digital mapping data has also resulted in customers demanding the most up-to-date information available. However, it is not only important for organisations to have the most up-todate data, but also vital that they have the appropriate licence to effectively use it. www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk
WorleyParsons has signed a long-term Global Alliance Agreement (GAA) with Intergraph®. It covers the Intergraph SmartPlant® and SmartMarine® Enterprise software suites, including SmartPlant 3D, SmartMarine 3D and SmartPlant 3D Materials Handling Edition (collectively known as Smart 3D), SmartPlant Foundation, SmartPlant Construction, SmartPlant Enterprise Engineering & Schematics applications, CADWorx®, CAESAR Ii® and numerous other solutions. www.intergraph.com
The GIS Department at DubaiMunicipality has recently organized a joint session for the project to apply the open geospatial standards of Geographical Information System as per ISO TC/211 & OGC in the presence of representatives of the Strategic Partners of this project from DubaiPolice, DEWA, RTA, DubaiLand Department, Etisalat and representatives of the relevant departments of the Municipality.
The Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC), India has recommended to the Karnataka government to adopt the Karnataka Geographic Information System (K-GIS) for spatial planning, area-based development assessment and goal-based performance monitoring.