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Ohio researcher tracks H1N1 virus

An Ohio State University Medical Centre biomedical informatics researcher is tapping the power of the Ohio Supercomputer Centre to monitor the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus. Associate professor Daniel Janies synthesizes large, diverse datasets to understand the spread of infectious diseases over hosts and geography. The resulting maps can be viewed with Google Earth. Janies will project the evolutionary tree of the virus’ mutations and host shifts onto the globe using web application, Supramap.

Business Strategy for Ordnance Survey announced

A series of reforms aimed at creating simpler and easier access to geographic data have been announced by Ordnance Survey Minister, Iain Wright. The new strategy will improve ease of access to geographic data and services for both commercial and non-commercial use.

Bangalore sewerage board implements GIS

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has implemented GIS in the core city area. This is the biggest e-governance initiative of the Board and it will take 2 years to complete the entire BBMP limits. The GIS will help BWSSB to take quick management decisions. At present, 22 layers of information are available with BWSSB.

IIT Mumbai’s low-cost GIS software

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai has developed a low-cost GIS software which can be used for resource management by community development programmes, government sectors, NGOs and industries. It will be distributed by Bhugol GIS Pvt Ltd under the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of IIT.

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