Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Carneval de GIS

The 7th International Conference on Geographical Analysis, Urban Modeling & Spatial Statistics GEOG-AN-MOD 12 will be held on June 18th - 20th, 2012 at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The conference will be conducted in English, and papers are requested on various related themes; for peer-review and publication.The organisers write that "nowadays the wide diffusion of electronic devices containing geo-referenced information generates a great production of spatial data ... creating an overabundance of spatial data, which, in many cases, does not help the efficiency of decision processes. This workshop aims at contributing to the development of new techniques and methods to improve the process of knowledge acquisition". Important dates are:
31 January 2012: Deadline for full paper submission
10 March  2012: Notification of acceptance
5 April 2012: Deadline for Camera Ready Papers
June 18-21, 2012: ICCSA 2012 Conference
Thanks Bruce, Kate.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Let's Go Dutch

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) has made available a GIS User Manual that guides nature managers step by step through relevant GIS skills whilst using their own data in ArcGIS and Google Earth Pro. The DCNA has now trained 16 persons in GIS from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. It found that one of the biggest concerns in terms of GIS use is the lack of access to reliable and usable data - which sounds rather familiar. However, they've had their own GIS expert and many other persons have a go at this problem and so now the DCNA also offers a set of GIS data for the six islands. If interested you'd have to contact the DCNA but one can already find their training materials online (in English). I haven't seen either the Manual or data myself, but I like the sound of this initiative. Lekker. Thanks Kate.

Friday, December 16, 2011

NatGeo World Map

For admirers of National Geographic cartography (everyone :-)), ESRI and NatGeo have teamed up to offer a free base map for your online (and desktop) mapping - the National Geographic World Map. It was designed only as a general reference map for informational and educational purposes. And it's not terribly detailed in this part of the world, but that's not surprising, is it? Thanks Bruce.

Friday, December 09, 2011

GPS Sunburn

An excellent report by GPS World on the 2011 European Navigation Conference that ended on the 1st Dec 2011 detailed several threats to GPS - or GNSS as it is becoming more known by since Russia's GLONASS system reached full capability in Aug-Oct 2011 and the EU's EGNOS augmentation service was certified in mid-2010. One significant threat seems to be increasing solar activity, which would be disappointing if it does occur, given the nice improvements in service that us near the Equator have been benefiting from (more NavStar GPS satellites up and very dependable fixes with help from WAAS/EGNOS).

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Geospatial Challenge

Enter the ERDAS DigitalGlobe 2012 Geospatial Challenge to get free imagery for your study and a chance to win five (5) WorldView-2 scenes of your choice anywhere across the globe from the DigitalGlobe archive. Proposal due Dec 20, 2011. Need inspiration or even software? Thanks Alan and Renee.