Friday, December 06, 2013

Data Crime

A Nicaraguan company has been convicted of theft of restricted cadastral information (the article is in Spanish, but there's auto-translation available on the page itself). On charges of disclosing confidential information and providing public access to classified information, two employees/ former employees of the Nicaraguan Institute of Land Studies (INETER), could spend eight years and five years in prison. Thanks GSDI.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

World Disasters Report 2013

The IFRC 2013 World Disasters Report, released today, says: 'Lack of access to information and technology has a major impact on people’s ability to prepare for, survive and recover from disasters'. Initiatives that bring better/ more use of available technology, such as GIS, to local levels are clearly the way to go. Thanks Liz.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Congrats Jack!

He's been called a visionary before. Started out when it was done with punch cards and took a month to get done. Built a pinnacle in the business he helped invent. And way back in 1995 his company gave a copy of his product to a kid from an unknown country who said he could use it (built one of the first GIS installations in the Caribbean with it). Glad the UN noticed this pioneer, humanitarian and champion - 'honoured for his commitment to ensuring that international, research, education and non-profit organizations working in the fields of conservation and development have access to analytical and visualization technologies'.

Monday, August 05, 2013


A team of researchers has used LIDAR, LandSat and MODIS satellite imagery and field data to map the above-ground sequestered carbon for all of Panama (7.5M+ha) at a resolution of 1ha. The method is reportedly faster than traditional approaches and provides error estimates. This approach to quantifying and mapping carbon should be of great interest to those working in forest conservation, carbon sequestration and climate change, and particularly developing countries signed up to UN REDD. In addition to forest plot and LIDAR data, the researchers also had access to topography, rainfall and vegetation datasets to conduct their work.

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Shape of Things to Come

According to the UN Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management - "The number of actors involved in generating, managing and providing geospatial information has increased significantly in the last ten years, and this proliferation will continue and indeed is likely to accelerate in the coming five to ten years.

The private sector and the public (my emphasis) will continue to play a significant role in providing the technologies and information required to maximise the opportunities available. They are likely to provide valuable, and in many cases unique, elements of geospatial information and the technologies and services required to maximise it, in addition to offering a growing understanding of the end‑user base for geospatial information". See more predictions for the future of the geospatial sector.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Open G8

Seven days ago the G8 signed a new Open Data Charter ... stating, 'We, the G8, agree that open data are an untapped resource with huge potential to encourage the building of stronger, more interconnected societies that better meet the needs of our citizens and allow innovation and prosperity to flourish.' 

Amongst other things, the world's eight largest economies, agree to 'orient [their] governments towards open data by default', and 'recognise that the term government data is meant in the widest sense possible' ... 'data owned by national, federal, local, or international government bodies, or by the wider public sector'. 'Geospatial [data, e.g.] Topography, postcodes, national maps, local maps' are recognised for their high value. Thanks GSDI.

Monday, July 01, 2013

GIS in Primary School

Belize held its 2nd Annual My Virtual City Competition on 19 June 2013. The competition challenged students – Standard 4 through 4th Form – to imagine, design, build and improve a city or town in Belize using Geographic Information System (GIS) software. This year, ten groups of primary and high school students participated in the competition. Well done by the organisers and Belize! Via GSDI.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bricks & Maps

It's refreshing to learn of a new idea for doing something that you thought that you knew everything about. For your next quantitative map maybe try bricks. Thanks Nigel.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cloud over El Salvador

Extracted from PAIGH-CAF-GeoSUR and GSDI: The National Registry Center (CNR) of El Salvador, Headquarters of the National Geographic and Cadastral Institute (IGCN), has become the first national mapping organisation in Latin America and the Caribbean to develop geospatial information services in the Cloud. Though presently a beta release, this is clearly a great development for planning and disaster-preparedness in El Salvador.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Free Journal Articles

The International Journal of Digital Earth has made a selection of remote sensing journal articles available online at no cost until the end of 2013. In addition, in celebration of Earth Day 2013 the publishers Taylor & Francis have also made a selection of GIS and other journals freely available until May 22, 2013.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Jamaica GIS

From the JIS via the GSDI: The Government of Jamaica has allocated J$30 Million for the National Spatial Plan Project and J$121 million to boost activities under the Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project (I estimate this totals US$1.5M). Jamaica's House of Representatives is presently considering these amounts as part of Jamaica's 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Map App Challenge for Students

From the OGC via GSDI: The OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) challenges students who have software development skills to create new applications that use OGC standards in innovative, interesting and fun ways. The OGC Map App challenge is open to any university student at the undergraduate or graduate level who is enrolled part or full time as of July 15, 2013. The deadline is midnight EST, July 15th, 2013.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Caribbean Urban Forum 2013

The International Land Coalition, the Trinidad &Tobago Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, the Trinidad &Tobago Society of Planners and the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management will be jointly co-hosting the Caribbean Urban Forum 2013: (R)Evolution from the 13-15 March, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.