Monday, March 23, 2009

Field Guide to Humanitarian Mapping

MapAction has published the first edition of its Field Guide to Humanitarian Mapping. The guide, which is downloadable free, will help aid organisations to use geospatial tools and methods in their work in emergencies. There are tutorials for Google Earth and open-source GIS software.

The guide was written to meet the need for practical, step-by-step advice for aid workers who wish to use free and open-source resources to produce maps both at field and headquarters levels. The first edition contains an introduction to the topic of GIS, followed by chapters focused on the use of two recommended free software tools: Google Earth, and MapWindow. However much of the guidance is also relevant for users of other software. In addition there is a chapter on using GPS to collect data during humanitarian emergencies.

Monday, March 02, 2009

GIS Wins the War on Terror!

Well, as yet, unproven :-). Here's a look at what can be done with GIS(cience): Geographers Find Bin Laden - Theoretically. This sort of far-reaching, surprising and valuable analysis shows why the countries of Latin American and the Caribbean need a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI).