ArcGIS 10 from ESRI
ArcGIS 10 release makes it much easier to see data in 3D and introduces the notion of time in both visualization and analysis. Users can create, manage, and visualize time-aware data. They can also display and animate temporal datasets as well as publish and query temporal map services.
MAPPS asks Congress to revise legislation
In USA, MAPPS has sent a letter opposing proposed legislative language that would limit the use of “precise geolocation information”. The draft bill threatens data collection, applications and growth in the private geospatial profession. It believes the current bill language threatens information that is collected by private and government entities to perform E-911 and emergency response management, environmental protection and many other tasks that are conducted by geospatial professionals.
18 domestic firms get nod for Net mapping in China
Authorities in China have approved 18 domestic companies, to be announced soon, to provide Internet mapping services in the country. The domestic companies were selected out of about 30 applicants.
Urban Transport Planning in India
Ministry of Urban Development, India has decided to rope in some of the premier technological institute of the country in the planning of urban transport. It has signed MoUs with IIT Delhi, IIT Chennai, NIT Warangal and CEPT University Ahmedabad for setting up of Center of Excellence for Urban Transport Planning and Development. These institutes would work in the area of urban transport design, planning and development of intelligent traffic system, management of BRT etc.
Thai Govt invests in GIS to end land disputes
The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, Thailand, has invested over 2.3 billion baht in GIS as a tool to settle land disputes between locals living in forests and the authorities.
It is scheduled for completion in 2012. It will be a key tool in proving the legal rights to forest land for about 600,000 people living in forest reserves and national park areas, who are now waiting for their land rights to be clarified.
Abu Dhabi city base map
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City is in the final stage of producing a base map depicting all urban areas within the administrative boundaries of the City Municipality and the Western Region Municipality covering an approximate area of 18,500 square km. The project is intended to build and update the base map and further extend the geographic range of the spatial database.
GXP Xplorer desktop product
GXP Xplorer is a new BAE Systems software data library that makes it easy to find and share geospatial data on a local network and across an enterprise. The product is ideal for users in work groups who are searching for images, terrain, features, videos, documents, and other files.
GIS to help agriculture in Pakistan
GIS is being introduced in Pakistan to help farmers increase production, reduce input costs and manage the land more efficiently. The GIS would also help manage agriculture by storing, retrieving, manipulating, analyzing and displaying information through maps.