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MesoStor – Online GIS data delivery system for Central America

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I was going through my Caribbean GIS listserv alerts, and I noticed one about MesoStor, a project to make GIS data about Mesoamerica available online. MesoStor is part of SERVIR, “a regional visualization and monitoring system for Mesoamerica that integrates satellite and other geospatial data for improved scientific knowledge and decision making by managers, researchers, […]

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Server-side image storage

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LizardTech has recently (?) released a solution (Spatial Express) to store JPEG2000 and MrSID images natively in Oracle Spatial. This brings to mind the existing and upcoming server based solutions for imagery such as EarthWhere and ESRI’s Image Server. Most of these options allow for direct access and for access through the WMS standard. For […]

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Imagery For The Nation

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Keith at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority sent me an email (woohoo! I promise not to complain about it anymore!) about the National States Geographic Information Council’s “Imagery For The Nation (PDF)” initiative. The idea is to consolidate all the various ortho-imagery initiatives in the Federal government into one big batch. Then imagery can […]

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High-resolution DEMs in our backyard

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Glenn over at Anything Geospatial (nice new interface BTW) blogged about something in-house for us, so I figured we should mention it too…the West Virginia GIS Technical Center has made available 3m DEMs for WV that were derived as part of the State Address and Mapping project that has also provided us with high resolution […]

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GeoDRM report

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On Friday, the GeoData Alliance announced the publication of their 98-page report on Geospatial Digital Rights Management, prepared by them in conjunction with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc (OGC). The full report is available for download as a PDF from their website, and you can also download a […]

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Geographic Names Data for Countries Around the World

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Geographic names databases are pretty important for search spatial data textually. Normally geographic names are published on a country by country basis. Cartography is reporting about this new service Geonames.org that collects the published geographic names of countries around the world and displays them on a googlemap. The data looks to be fairly up to […]

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Public Data Is the Future of Science Outreach

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Ogle Earth has an interesting little piece on a project called OBIS-SEAMAP. This project tracks marine mammal, seabird and sea turtle data around the world. The really intersting thing about the site is that they make the exact same data they use available to the general public for download. The more expert GIS users can […]

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Calls for Free Spatial Data in the UK

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The Gaurdian has started a campaign to get the UK to publically release spatial data collected with taxpayer money. For those of you unaware, in the UK you pay for publically funded data, which just hampers mapping efforts inside the UK. They’re calling on the British government to follow the US example. I’m sure this […]