I’m currently skimming through a copy of Land Administration for Sustainable Development from ESRI Press. An interesting title, packed with a wealth of information on the past, present, and future practice of land administration for government. An good late night read for yours truly – did you know I did a major in Urban Geography at U. Vic?? Of particular interest in the book I think are sections devoted to topic specific areas like marine administration, a comprehensive look at the importance of the spatial data infrastructure (SDI), and sections that take a closer look at project administration and the administrators toolbox (the section on good governance and the tabular listing of 10 principles of Land administration is very interesting as are the sections on historical processes and land tenure and admin) . The book is an ideal complement to the bookshelf of anyone interested in or involved with economic development and in particular, environment resource management and social equality (also indigenous people’s rights). The book will be available shortly from ESRI Press – See more
Archives for November 24, 2009
An interesting Geo-enabled iPhone app to share with you… enter geoVector (Twitter @GeoVector) and their World Surfer. Point World Surfer at a place of interest to trigger the search for data about it. Your search will show you places in the direction you have selected from closest to you to farther away. The app is also a useful tool to bookmark your car’s location when parking or to simply be an indispensible assistant to both local pedestrians and travelers.See more http://www.geovector.com/applications/world-surfer/
Some interesting mobile safety apps from Down-under out of the LBS Wireless crew.. welcome several news apps designed to keep users safe – Gone Boating, Gone Trekking and Gone Flying. The apps utilize the GPS, Google maps, calendar and camera features of the iPhone. Each application enables the user to record their departure, destination and waypoint information. They also enable the user to email or post a Twitter message containing their trip details and maps. With the applications users can:
Record boat, aircraft, crew, trekking party and safety equipment details.
Record trip start, trip end and waypoint dates and times using the scrolling calendar.
Record trip start, trip end and waypoint locations using the GPS, map screen and search function.
Take a photo of their boat, aircraft, crew or trekking party.
Email trip details and maps to Search and Rescue teams, family or friends.
Post a Twitter message containing their trip details.
Notify their family or friends if they decide to change their dates, times or location details.
Notify their family or friends when they have returned or reached their destination.
Now this is cool and getting cooler all the time – the WeoGeo data market, now with enhanced support for GeoRSS (why can’t Twitter do this??) From the company’s blog… “We’ve gone ahead and added GeoRSS support for our listings in both the private Library and the open Market. An example of how it works… By zooming into the state of California, you can see the GeoRSS feed includes only datasets in that area of interest. Any time a new dataset is loaded, you’ll know about it because it will appear in your RSS aggregator or even in your GIS applications. Very nice.. leaves me wondering why anyone would use, let along pay for old data from archaic GIS data depots and repositories!
A heads up on some GIS training being offered to users in North Dakota.. this from NDGIS… For those interested in the new ESRI Desktop classes for ArcGIS 9.3, KL&J is offering all 3 classes – Desktop I: Getting Started With GIS, Desktop II: Tools and Functionality and Desktop III: Workflows and Analysis. The link provided has information regarding these classes and current scheduling. Our next class Desktop I scheduled on December 3-4 in Bismarck has a few openings left. Link to KL&J GIS training page: http://www.kljeng.com/gis.php?Page=gistraining&title=ArcGIS/ArcView Training