Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Kicking off the first FutureGov Cities and Big Data Summit, Peter Quek, CIO at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, shared how they are using GIS to fully maximise the value of big data enabling them to design livable communities in the city state. Speaking to over a hundred senior IT decision makers from some of Asia’s fastest growing cities, Quek highlighted how GIS technology is the glue of Big Data for city planning. Read More

Nine Russian navigation satellites had gone out of service for the second time in this month, the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Tuesday. According to Roscosmos, between 01:00 and 01:30 Moscow time (2100 - 2130 GMT), eight satellites of the Glonass navigation system reported malfunctions. Earlier, at 22:20 Moscow time (1820 GMT) on Monday, one more Glonass satellite reported a glitch. Roscosmos said eight out of nine satellites have already been recovered. Read More

Decisions on spatial planning in Jakarta are mostly determined by whoever owns the land, and are also dependant on the political will of government officials, says an expert. Tarumanegara University urban and spatial planning expert Suryono Herlambang said that the current spatial planning system in Jakarta was discretionary, due to the rule that whoever owns a plot of land has the authority to decide what goes on it. Read More

In its bid to finalize the territorial extent of the 123 villages in the state identified as ecologically sensitive areas (ESAs) by the high level working group (HLWG) led by K Kasturirangan for conservation of Western Ghats, Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) has launched verification of cadastral maps of ESA villages which it hopes to complete by April 30. Read More

Mapping and navigation firm AutoNavi has agreed to a $1.5 billion acquisition by China's largest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Alibaba will pay $5.25 a share to AutoNavi stockholders, or $21 per American depositary share. That is a 27 percent premium over the company's closing price on Feb. 7, the last day of trading before its talks with Alibaba became public. Read More

A Namibia-born surveyor, and owner of Micro Aerial Projects,  has developed an exciting new tool — a drone, costing about US$10,000, that can provide high-quality aerial maps in a short time. Walter Volkmann’s drone was one of the highlights of a recent conference on land and poverty at the World Bank, in Washington DC, United States. The bank has pushed for land tenure reform in the developing world in recent years, and a key element to enable this is technology that eases mortgages and land transfers by creating reliable maps and title documents. Read More

The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland have issued a map illustrating the effects of last week's failure in "Russia's GPS" system. Satellites of the GLONASS network experienced a half-day outage when bad data was uploaded to spacecraft. Read More

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) of the United States designated the Dokdo Islands as a part of the territory of Korea. What is drawing attention is the fact that it used all of the names of the island region to recognize the sovereignty of Korea on its official website. Specifically, a total of eight designations are in use to refer to the region -- Dokdo Island, Dok-do, Tokdo, Tokto, Takeshima, Take-shima, Liancourt Rocks, and Hornet Islands. On the website, the region is located at 37 degrees, 15 minutes north latitude and 131 degrees, 52 minutes east longitude and the position can be seen on Google Maps. Read More

Litchfield Council in the Northern Territory is using GIS system MapInfo to visualise data from its Civica Authority system to help speed up the process maintenance work for field workers. Using feature manipulation engine (FME) scripting from Safe Software, information manager Stefan Jurkijevic was able to integrate the Authority system with the GIS system. This has enabled mobile workers to capture data, quickly locate physical assets, identify issues and schedule remedial works without having to travel back and forth from an office base. Read More

Medair, an international relief agency, together with Drone Adventures, a non-profit organisation that promotes the humanitarian use of drones, used the devices to take hundreds of high-resolution aerial images of Tacloban, Dulag and Julita – towns which have been severely affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The team then merged the images to create detailed 2D maps and 3D terrain models before distributing them for free to community leaders. Read More

A senior marine geoscientist says Australia would benefit from more detailed maps of oceans to help locate more economic resources and improve safety for boats. Scientists, surveyors and spatial industry experts are meeting in Canberra to discuss the latest in mapping technology. Australia has the world's third largest marine Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) but the CSIRO estimates only 12 per cent of it has been mapped. Read More

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