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Census Data from 1940 Generates Excitement

by Matt Ball on March 20, 2012

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release details from the 1940 Census, including details on the impacts of the Great Depression. The data will be released on April 2, with much anticipation from researchers who look to mine this data for the Depression’s impact on daily life, as well as personal genealogy. The 1940 […]

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Geo-Wiki is a web-based tool that aims to use crowdsourcing in order to improve the accuracy and coverage of global land use and forest cover information. The site brings together information from multiple sources, and enlists volunteers to help classify and fill in data gaps as well as provide input on conflicts or inconsistency between […]

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This may be a perennial question, as certainly the rise and promise of universal 3D geovisualization keeps coming in waves that are similar to the promise of location-based services. With each wave, we all ride the crest, and perhaps a few move toward the ongoing capture and visualization of our geographies beyond just a project […]

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GeoSur, the open access geospatial data sharing site for Latin America and the Caribbean, was discussed as a case model at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi last week. The site has proved a useful tool for GIS users in the region that want to perform spatial analysis, and it has also assisted […]

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The Eye on Earth Summit that took place in Abu Dhabi this week provided a forum for discussion of the importance of environmental information, and the need for better policy decisions. The event, sponsored by UAE president  Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was pulled together to offer concrete recommendations for the next Earth Summit, […]

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The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is being terminated as of Jan. 15, 2012, due to a $3.8 million budget cut. As a result, all resources, databases, tools, and applications within the website terminated and no longer available. The site’s blog has already been terminated as of last week, and will be removed completely as […]

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Peter Ter Haar, director or products at Ordnance Survey, gave the opening keynote this morning at the FOSS4G event. The organization is responsible for the most accurate and up-to-date map in the world, with half a billion data points, making five thousand changes every day, with 99.9% of real world changes represented in the database. […]

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OpenStreetMap for Commercial Applications

by Matt Ball on September 9, 2011

Coleman McCormick from SpatialNetworks spoke to the viability of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data for commercial use this morning at the State of the Map conference. He related that data used to be a heavy effort that took a great deal of time to find, but now with OSM quality increasing, it’s become an easier problem to […]

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Go Map Your Neighborhood

by Matt Ball on September 9, 2011

Richard Weait gave the opening keynote this morning for the State of the Map Conference in Denver. He congratulated the attendees for their commitment and asserted that the only way that we can create an updated map is through crowdsourcing, because commercial entities and governments can’t do it as the economics aren’t feasible. Getting everyone […]

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Street Data Vendors Take Different Tacks

by Matt Ball on July 14, 2011

The Esri International User Conference provides an ideal opportunity to see the best foot forward of most geospatial companies, taking away nuances in how products and services are marketed in order to differentiate offerings and expand business. The street data providers NAVTEQ and TomTom (formerly TeleAtlas) were among the most interesting for their divergent paths […]

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