Sunday, 24 May 2015

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The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) launched an initiative that integrates Geographical Information System (GIS) technology into Mathematics and Science.  GIS provides tools for enabling spatial analysis, developing critical thinking and IT skills, and supports innovations. The project is implemented in collaboration with ADEC’s GIS and curriculum teams, Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), and ESRI. Read more via The Gulf Today

The April 25 Nepal earthquake, the first major temblor after the establishment of the Indian Seismic and GNSS Network (ISGN) in 2013, proved the effectiveness of the system, that provides real-time data to 100 standalone seismic stations spanning across the country. ISGN seeks to enhance the capability in monitoring seismic activity in India, besides providing high quality data for researchers. Read more via The Hindu

Steps are afoot to implement the proposed geographical information system (GIS)-based mapping programme for the city to help achieve development targets effectively. District Collector N. Prasanth on Monday held the first round of discussions with the officials of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), government institutions, and engineering colleges. Read more via The Hindu

The Zambezi valley will be subject to a cartographic survey in order to collect data on mineral resources in that region of Mozambique, officials said at a meeting of the provincial government. The valley, which covers 34 districts across four provinces of Mozambique, has high potential for agricultural development of agriculture as well as for mining and power production. Read more via MacauHub

Bone Medical's shares are expected to trade significantly higher as the company transitions into the technology sector. BNE has entered into a Binding Term Sheet agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Takor Group Pty Ltd, a geospatial and disruptive location based technology company headquartered in Australia. Read more via Proactive Investors Australia

As the Philippine military C-130 transport plane made its approach to the country's most precious outpost in the disputed South China Sea on Monday, it flew past a reef which China is quickly turning into an island. At least two cranes and two dredgers were visible on Subi Reef from the plane taking local and foreign reporters on a rare trip to Thitu island. Read more via Reuters

To create a digital map of the city, Corporation of Chennai has roped in a private consultant to record properties, street lights, roads and storm water drains in two areas in the city on a pilot basis. The mapping will be carried out through 3D geographical information system (GIS) mapping using LiDAR (light, detection and ranging) in selected localities of T Nagar and Sholinganallur from the first week of May. While T-Nagar is a highly commercial area, Sholinganallur, too, is witnessing huge developmental activities because of the IT boom. Read more in Times of India

Focused primarily on roads, water supply and public spaces, the civic body's development plan for the old and new city areas has not taken into to account the impact of climate change , as it is still considered a distant threat. But experts now insist that effective climate-resilience policy should be part of the regular urban development plan. Environmentalists said that not taking into account the impact of climate change at the urban planning stage could lead to huge economic losses and a high social cost burden. Read more via The Times of India

While the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has put the country in global limelight because of its low-cost mission to Mars, its commercial wing, Antrix, has started witnessing a robust growth with more countries approaching it with offers to launch their satellites. Read more via Hindustan Times

Senator Loren Legarda called for the establishment of a comprehensive map of coral resources nationwide to help leaders and lawmakers arrive at a policy for food security in the Philippines. An updated comprehensive mapping of the country’s coral reef resources should be done by the departments of agriculture; environment and natural resources; and science and technology, and the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines, said Legarda, chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Read more via Gulf News

The Sabah Town and Regional Planning Department and WWF-Malaysia are jointly hosting a two-day Semporna Marine Spatial Planning in Semporna. The outcome is going to be historic since it will lead to the production of the first marine spatial plan in Malaysia. Marine Spatial Planning is a process using innovative mapping tools and engagement of stakeholders which in this case involve multiple and competing users of the seas to come out with an integrated or co-ordinated plan of actions on how to use the marine resources sustainably. Read more via Daily Express

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