Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Widodo Joko2Earlier this week, Indonesia elected a new president (although still disputed by his opponent), making a selection not unlike India's recent election where a reform-minded candidate took the post with a history of technology innovation. Joko Widodo takes the presidency of the world's fourth most populous country, and third largest democracy. Widodo has a history of backing geospatial technology innovation in former government posts.

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GFW-Forest coverOne of the most devastating threats to the environment, economy, and human health in Indonesia comes in the form of fire. Forest and bush fires, illegal and often associated with agricultural expansion and land conflict, can release a toxic haze that shuts down schools and airports, and sickens tens of thousands of people. Efforts to stop the fires have been hampered by a lack of high-quality evidence on where exactly the fires are and who could be responsible.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 5.57.02 PMIn a meeting this week, India and Brazil agreed to cooperate on a number of interantioanl initiatives that include a deal that will link Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) with earth observation receiving capacity from the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites that are administered by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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NationalMap AustraliaAustralia has launched a new National Map that is a joint effort between the Department of Communications, NICTA and Geoscience Australia. The map provides access to Australian spatial data from various government agencies, and is designed to emphasize the economic benefits of open data in advance of the countrywide govhack. Govhack is a significant effort to engage developers across the nation to build new applications that extend the functionality of the National Map, and bring value to citizens.

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beidouMany reports in the Chinese media have indicated that Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce site that is on an investment spree, will team with State-owned China North Industries Group to promote the commercial uses of the Beidou navigation system. The investment has been reported at 1 billion yuan ($160 million) according to Dazhihui News Agency.

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  • surveyor 04.11.2011 19:37
    There are steps that are being taken by many surveyors as a community which stand ...

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  • Jake 30.08.2011 07:47
    Maybe they should ask Western Australia GIS users what they think of SLIP before ...

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