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ESRI supports NetHope

ESRI supports NetHope by providing GIS software and support via the ESRI Nonprofit Organization Program. NetHope is a consortium of the international community’s leading NGOs that helps members better leverage their technology investments.

ADC WorldMap releases Digital Atlas V6.0

ADC WorldMap Digital Atlas version 6.0 features the addition of level two administrative boundaries for many countries along with up to date country and level one political boundaries for the entire world. The new product also includes worldwide demographic data and statistical information for economy, communications and military.

New U.S. – India “Monsoon Agreement”

Under the new Monsoon agreement, the U.S. will create a monsoon forecast desk at the National Centres for Environmental Prediction, part of NOAA’s National Weather Service. Atmospheric scientists from India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences will collaborate with NOAA scientists to share knowledge and skills to improve the Climate Forecast System (CFS) for long-range forecasts of the monsoon.

Solution for Geophysical Information Management

Geosoft has introduced the geophysical Exploration Information Management Solution (EIMS). It bundles Geosoft professional services and its DAP Server technology, which is designed to organize and distribute large geophysical and exploration datasets, into one packaged solution that can be scaled to government agencies and exploration companies of all sizes.

UN launches tool to map emergency stockpiles

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Logistics Cluster, led by WFP, has launched an interactive web-based tool, “Global Mapping of Emergency Stockpiles”. The tool displays information on emergency relief warehouses managed by international humanitarian organizations. The aim of this tool is to assist affected countries and humanitarian relief agencies identify and send emergency relief items in response to crises.

China to expand digital mapping coverage in five years

According to State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, China, 120 cities and districts at the prefecture level would be covered by the digital mapping network by the end of this year, and the network would be extended to most prefecture-level cities by the end of 2015. Digital mapping would feature the cities’ geographical characteristics, roads, river systems, properties and addresses of street locations, among others, both for public information and for government agencies.

Vietnam protests Chinese map of disputed islands

Vietnam is protesting a Chinese map of disputed islands in the South China Sea. China’s state bureau of surveying and mapping recently launched online maps that claim sovereignty over the Paracels and Spratlys.

Australia catalogs biodiversity in an Atlas

The Atlas of Living Australia is a newly launched website that aims to catalog Australia’s biodiversity, providing a site for researchers and others to access, combine and visualize data on the country’s animals, fungi, microorganisms and plants. The site offers many mapping options, including a mapping tool that lets search, analyze and combine biodiversity and environmental data.

NGA’s new vision

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, USA, director Letitia A. Long presented a new vision for the agency. Long presented her vision-“Putting the Power of GEOINT in the Hands of the Users”-and established two main goals. First, fundamentally change the user experience by providing online, on-demand access to our GEOINT knowledge. Second, create new value by broadening and deepening analytic expertise by providing contextual analysis of places informed not only by the Earth’s physical features and imagery intelligence, but also by “human geography.”

StreetMapper GIS

StreetMapper GIS, a new version of the mobile laser mapping system with an integrated panoramic camera, has been launched by 3D Laser Mapping and IGI mbH. It is easy to mount on any type of vehicle and offers a cost effective solution for collection of street level asset information for use in GIS or other desktop software solutions.


TatukGIS Consulting new fGIS is a customisation built upon the TatukGIS Editor product. It is a multi-purpose, full-featured, GIS application providing supported upgrade path for current users of fGIS.

LIS commissioned in Nigeria

Sivan Design has announced the successful commissioning of PLAGIS – GIS with ERP capabilities for land and cadastre management in Nigeria. PLAGIS is a unit of the Ministry of Land, Survey and Town Planning of the country.

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