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Attention GIS Day Mapathoners!! Read This Article

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/jan/16/trough-table-mapping-food-supply-chain

From trough to table: mapping the food chain saves lives

Tracking produce prevents the spread of disease and tackles food fraud

Nearly half of global manufacturers say they don’t have any visibility past their direct suppliers – in other words, they don’t know what is happening in their supply chain. While they may audit first tier suppliers, they usually cannot see beyond them to their suppliers’ suppliers.

In the food industry, a meat packaging plant buys meat from a supplier, which in turn buys beef from multiple farms in an area. The packaging plant keeps records on its supplier, but does it know the cleanliness ratings and health history of those farms?

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Student Competition!!

NOVA GIS Students!

Please consider submitting a project to this competition.  Our students have been very successful in competitions!

2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

Win a trip to the GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference!

The GeoTech Center and URISA are pleased to announce the 2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem. The student will then present the project and the resulting deliverables as a video (approximately 10-15 minutes in length) which not only highlights their use of geospatial technology, but also demonstrates their communication and presentation skills. As Rodney Jackson, Dean of Business, Engineering & Technical Studies at Davidson County Community College states: “The ability to provide a competition for students to demonstrate their geospatial competency to industry partners, within the context of a national conference, has significant value within their educational experience.” More details to follow in the coming months; updates will be posted to the competition website.

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Hospital Using GIS

Ipswich Hospital tackling growing A&E demand using data mapping tool

Trust analysing reasons behind A&E visits, travel modes, demand levels and average waits within specific timeframes

 Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust (IHT) is trialling a data mapping tool to predict accident and emergency (A&E) admissions so it can bring in extra staff for certain times and days of the week.

Thanks to data mapping software from US geographic information system (GIS) software firm Esri UK, the trust can analyse the type and level of demand for its A&E unit and pinpoint hotspots for certain diseases and admission methods.  The platform allows the hospital to understand the reasons behind visits to its A&E department and the level of demand by cases, average waiting time or mode of travel. It can then analyse these figures over specific timeframes.

IHT believes the software will help it to improve resourcing processes, for example allocating more staff for busy times, thus reducing pressure on resources. It hopes pinpointing areas for intervention in this way will save money while maintaining performance and clinical standards.

The tool, which is hosted on IHT’s on-site data centre, combines location, clinical and financial data analysis and feeds into long-term financial modelling. The front end appears as a ‘management insight dashboard’, Esri UK explained.

The software allows the hospital to try out ‘what if’ scenarios and move to a more sophisticated way of visualising and reporting data to the board, according to finance and performance director Paul Scott.

The R&D project, which started in spring 2014, “has demonstrated the huge potential of looking at demand from a population rather than individual attendance basis”, Scott said.

He also claimed that the initiative is the “first of its kind in the UK”. IHT thinks the Esri UK tool could put it ahead of other NHS trusts in terms of innovative uses of IT in healthcare provision.

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GIS: The Biggest Little Drone Market in the World

http://www.suasnews.com/2014/10/32105/gis-the-biggest-little-drone-market-in-the-world/

by • 29 October 2014

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a two-day symposium on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) hosted by the Northern California American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The event was held in Reno, Nevada, (otherwise known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”), and its purpose was to assemble UAS experts and enthusiasts to share information, showcase new technologies, and demonstrate systems in action – systems that support geographic information systems (GIS). Presentations covered a wide range of topics, including everything from vehicles, to software, to data collection, to workflow, cameras, and sensors. You can find my presentation here.

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Drone pilot settles controversial, 3-year case against FAA

Lorenzo Francheschi-Bicchierai in www.mashable .com

The controversial case in which a drone pilot fought the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for almost three years — and almost changed the rules of the game — is finally over. It ended in a tie.

Raphael Pirker, also known as “Trappy,” announced that he settled his case against the FAA on Thursday, agreeing to pay $1,100. That put an end to a case in which the FAA had fined Pirker for allegedly flying his drone “recklessly” while filming a commercial at the University of Virginia.  Click to read more.

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Amazon Is Making It Easier to Publish Your Own Kindle Textbooks

Sam Frizell in www.time.com  22 Jan 2015

Amazon announced Thursday that it’s making it possible for authors to create and distribute digital textbooks using its self-publishing tool, Kindle Direct Publishing.

The e-commerce giant expects the new initiative mostly to be used by independent authors, particularly those who have regained the rights to their textbooks, or smaller publishers. The self-published textbooks, Amazon expects, would be purchased and read mostly by higher education students.

“A professor might have an extra packet for their class that they could upload and make digitally available,” says a spokeswoman for Amazon.

Textbook writers will be paid on Amazon’s familiar royalty scheme: for all textbooks priced under $9.99, authors will earn 70% of the royalties. For all textbooks $10 and over, authors receive just 35%. That model helps Amazon encourage authors to price their books under $10. However, it’s unclear whether that model will disadvantage writers of textbooks, which are traditionally much more expensive than your average novel or non-fiction book.

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Learn the Fundamentals of ArcGIS Pro, New from Esri

from: www10.giscafe.com

January 29, 2015

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (PST)

Jan 21, 2015 – Esri’s new release of ArcGIS 10.3 includes ArcGIS Pro, a desktop application that will help geographic information system (GIS) professionals complete their GIS projects faster and more easily than ever.

ArcGIS Pro provides all the tools you need to author and edit both 2D and 3D maps, perform analysis, view maps side by side, create multiple layouts from one or more 2D and 3D maps, and then share your work with others. You can use data from either your network or online sources in the application.

To familiarize yourself with ArcGIS Pro, tune in to the Esri live training seminar Streamline GIS Workflows with ArcGIS Pro on January 29, 2015. The presenters will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of the application along with the workflows you need to understand to start using it.

After viewing the seminar, you will understand how to

·        Build a project with ArcGIS Pro that will organize all your work in one place.

·        Import documents into ArcGIS Pro from ArcGIS for Desktop’s ArcMap and ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension’s ArcScene applications.

·        Connect to geodatabases and other data sources from within the ArcGIS Pro application.

·        Manage, edit, and analyze GIS data quickly and efficiently.

·        Author 2D and 3D maps and layouts.

·        Share content as web layers to your ArcGIS Online organizational or internal portal.

ArcGIS Pro is a 64-bit multithreaded application that, combined with an intuitive ribbon-based interface, is a strong addition to the ArcGIS platform. If you are a GIS professional, attending this seminar will give you a jump-start on how to get the most out of this exciting new technology.

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Commercial UAV EXPO

from: www10.giscafe.com

Commercial UAV Expo is a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial UAV market in North America covering industries including Surveying & Mapping; Civil Engineering & Infrastructure;  Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Security, Emergency Response, and more. It is organized by SPAR Point Group. It will take place October 5-7, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.expouav.com.  Read the full article here.

 

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BaySpec Introduces World’s Smallest UAV-Optimized Hyperspectral Imager

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — BaySpec, Inc., a leading provider of miniaturized spectral engines, introduces the OCI-UAV™, a new ultra-compact version of its  award winning OCI-Series Hyperspectral Imagers.  (OCI is a phonetic spelling of “All Seeing Eye”.)

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150123/170942

OCI-UAV™ Series Hyperspectral Imager

The  OCI-UAV™ hyperspectral camera is designed specifically for use on unmanned aerial vehicles/systems (UAV/UAS), remotely operated vehicles (ROV), or anywhere needed. Without compromising performance in this small form factor, the OCI-UAV™ with miniature single-board-computer acquires Visible-Near Infrared VIS-NIR hyperspectral data with continuous spectral and spatial coverage.

Operating the OCI-UAV™ is automatic and requires minimal human set-up. The OCI-UAV™ design features signification reduction in size (camera head only 8 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm weighing approximately 0.4 lbs, ~180 g), with a computer, and faster data transfer rate (up to 120 fps) with automatic data capturing and processing.

Key Features/Benefits:

  • Effortless integration to existing camera-ready systems
  • True push-broom (OCI-UAV-1000™) and snapshot (OCI-UAV-2000™) with computer and storage packaged together in an extremely compact package, specifically design for UAV/ROV applications
  • Fast frame rate up to 120 fps
  • Innovative non-slit design significantly reduces system complexity
  • Less dependent on image orthorectification
  • Real-time image data preview
  • Ready-to-fly UAV system with Mission Planner available  Click to read more.
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The 5 Most Viewed UAVs for Mapping and 3D Modelling on Geo-matching.com

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Jan 8, 2015 – The Geo-matching.com website features a selection of the most important geomatics equipment, including UAS for Mapping and 3D Modelling. At www.geo-matching.com you can compare product specifications and read users’ reviews before you buy.

Geo-matching.com is the first product comparison website for geomatic and hydrographic devices. Geo-matching.com provides a complete overview ofUAV solutions and cameras, Lidar and processing software. By comparing product specifications and reading product reviews by other users, you can make a well-balanced purchase decision.

This category now features, amongst others: Ricopter (RIEGL), Aibot X6(Aibotix), eBee (senseFly), EasyMap UAV (FotoMapy), md4-200 (microdrones),Scout B1 100 UAV (AeroScout), SmartOne C (SmartPlanes), Trimble UX5(Trimble Navigation) and Aeromapper 300 (Aeromao). Others will follow soon. If you have used any of these or similar products, visit Geo-matching.com to share your own experiences with the geomatic community.

In addition to UAV systems, Geo-matching.com also includes GNSS receivers,total stations, digital cameras, laser scanners, Lidar, digital photogrammetric workstations and image processing software.

The following UAVs were the most-viewed by the Geo-matching.comcommunity in December 2014.

  1. eBee                            – Sensefly
  2. EasyMap UAV                – Trigger Composites
  3. TopoDrone-100              – DroneMetrex
  4. Bramor gEO                   – C-ASTRAL
  5. RiCOPTER                      – RIEGL

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