[Sdi-northamerica] ESRI Canada SDI News, June 2010

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ESRI Canada SDI News, June 2010

ESRI Canada's monthly Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Newsletter provides news what's happening in Canada and globally related to SDI. Back issues are available on the ESRI Canada Web site. 
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 ESRI Canada Launches Community Maps Program
The ESRI Canada Community Maps Program provides a cost-effective and efficient framework for governments to share their geographic information with the public. Through the program, local government organizations across Canada can contribute their geographic information to be published as a community map. Available maps are rendered with uniform cartography, cached and integrated into a World Topographic Map. The program is expected to foster innovation and encourage the development of GIS applications to support various areas including economic development, disaster management, elections planning and community outreach.
>> Learn more

 ESRI Launches ArcGIS.com and ArcGIS Explorer Online
ESRI announced the launch of ArcGIS.com, a Web site for finding and sharing GIS content, organizing geographic information into groups and building communities. A new browser-based version of ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Explorer Online, also launches with the site and provides direct access to ArcGIS.com content. Through ArcGIS.com, visitors can access a number of free, ready-to-use basemaps for their projects and applications, including community maps that have been built with data from organizations around the world. ArcGIS online content can be accessed directly from within ArcGIS Explorer Online to create maps that can then be shared and consumed by a broad community of users, including the iPhone community.
>> Learn more

 GeoConnections Releases Canada's Emergency Mapping Symbology (EMS) version 1.0
Over 200 emergency mapping symbols are now available for use in geospatial products that will help provide common understanding of emergency situations and improve information-sharing. The two-tiered symbology was designed to cover a wide range of emergency incident, infrastructure and operations subjects. The symbols are tailored to Canadian requirements for situational awareness, first response, natural hazards, public alerting and critical infrastructure. The Emergency Mapping Symbology is free to use, share, modify and extend without restriction.
>> Download symbols [ZIP]

 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Effects and Response Maps Available Online
In April 2010, an explosion and subsequent fire occurred on board the semi-submersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon leased and operated by BP. The incident has resulted in the loss of human life and a massive oil spill declared a Spill of National Significance by President Obama. A Web application has been developed that provides a social media map, a timeline map and an economic impact map. The site also allows users to add points with links to online photos, Web sites and YouTube videos. 
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NRCan Publishes Advisory to CanVec Users 
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) published an advisory for GeoGratis users who downloaded CanVec version 6 topographic data since May 5, 2010. Several errors were identified in the CanVec release, including various missing or incorrect attributes. These errors affect all CanVec formats (SHP, FGDB, GML) for all of Canada. NRCan recommends that all users who have downloaded CanVec data since May 5, 2010 to re-download corrected data through GeoGratis. 
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GEO Biodiversity Observation Network to Monitor and Study the Global Biosphere
The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) released their Implementation Plan for International Day for Biodiversity. The plan calls for a coordinated global campaign to gather and share information on biodiversity, provide tools for data integration and analysis, and contribute to improved environmental management and human well-being.
>> Learn more [PDF]
INSPIRE Publishes "Good Practice in Data and Service Sharing" Document
The Good Practice in Data and Service Sharing document provides examples of existing good practice on data sharing for three scenarios: 1) for Member States with the Community institutions and bodies; 2) between Member States; and 3) between public authorities within a Member State. The authors looked at data sharing policies around the world including Canada.
>> Learn more [PDF]
Free Geographic Data Helps Reveal Great Britain's "Fraud Landscape" 
By using administrative boundary, post code and free mapping data from the Ordnance Survey (OS), financial services companies can now identify patterns in fraud and aid intelligent decision making. When used with an organization's own fraud intelligence, changes in the frequency or the location of fraud patterns become much clearer. To demonstrate the potential, the OS created a series of "fraud maps" matching statistics from a leading industry body to their geographic locations. The result is a revealing representation of the peaks and troughs of the British "fraud landscape".
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GeoConnections Releases Integrated Land Management Report 
Integrated Land Management (ILM) is a holistic approach to planning and management that seeks to maintain the well-being of communities while maintaining ecological integrity within the context of "a place" at the community, landscape, watershed or regional level. ILM uses a vision of desired future condition, defined in social, cultural, economic and environmental terms that guide development across all sectors giving definition to "quality of life". To support the ILM community, GeoConnections published a report on the "Data Needs Assessment for Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) Decision-Making Processes - Decision Support for ILM: Analysis of Four Case Studies".
>> Learn more 

GEOIDE Network Announces Call for Participation 2010: Pilots for Phase V
The GEOIDE Network is seeking new collaborations with Canadian industry, government and nonprofit organizations. This initiative is a continuation of GEOIDE's Strategic Investment Initiative (SII) with a direction for the future of the Network after Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) funding concludes. The GEOIDE Network seeks to develop a targeted series of projects based on needs expressed through this Call. Since these projects will extend past the NCE funding, they will be based on slightly modified procedures and agreements. Unlike prior announcements from the GEOIDE Network that called for proposals from the university sector, this process begins by establishing collaborations with selected associates.
>> Learn more [PDF]
Guide to Making Animated and Interactive Maps
Cartography 2.0 is a free online knowledge base and e-textbook for students and professionals interested in interactive and animated maps. The site was developed out of frustration with the inability of traditional textbooks to keep pace with Web technologies. The site boasts that there are no other comprehensive online resources that provide the same breadth and depth that people have come to expect from a professionally produced textbook. The site sets out to answer the basic question: What's the important stuff I need to know about making great on-demand/interactive maps? 
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W3C Announces Creation of Library Linked Data Incubator Group
The W3C announced the creation of the Library Linked Data Incubator Group, whose mission is to help increase global interoperability of library data on the Web by bringing together people involved in Semantic Web activities – focusing on Linked Data - in the library community and beyond, building on existing initiatives and identifying collaboration tracks for the future. 
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The GEOSS Common Infrastructure Evolves with Community Portals
GEO is establishing the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) to ensure that systems contributed voluntarily by governments and organizations to GEOSS become truly interoperable. The GCI will provide a sustained Internet entry point to GEOSS data and resources based on a consistent and agreed set of technical standards, registries and metadata. This consistency makes it possible to combine data from diverse sources. 
>> Learn more 

ArcGIS Server Now Available as Cloud-Based Subscription
ESRI announced that, for the first time, customers have the option to purchase a cloud-based subscription to ArcGIS Server. With this option, users can purchase an annual subscription that bundles a preconfigured ArcGIS Server instance on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure with 12 months of ESRI technical support and maintenance. ArcGIS Server Cloud Bundle expands ESRI's growing cloud offerings and provides customers with another deployment option for ArcGIS Server. Customers with enterprise license agreements (ELAs) can purchase the bundle at a special ELA discount and deploy their licenses on Amazon virtual machines instead of on-premises computers.
>> Learn more
Safe Software Unveils INSPIRE Data Sharing Prototype 
Safe Software announced the successful completion of a prototype spatial data transformation solution that supports the requirements of the European Union's INSPIRE Directive. The prototype demonstrates an end-to-end, multiple source solution for INSPIRE utilizing three different data sources. This scalable, reproducible and portable solution demonstrates how the 27 Member States and over 200 Legally Mandated Organizations (LMOs) can handle the complexities of INSPIRE's XML data exchange schema, without the need for custom software development or complicated data processing. 
>> Learn more
ESRI and PCI Geomatics Release GeoImaging Tools
GeoImaging Tools provides ArcGIS users a suite of tools for processing and analyzing imagery in the GIS. PCI Geomatics is introducing a suite of modules that integrates directly into ArcGIS for achieving common image-related tasks. Poor image registration limits GIS users' ability to efficiently perform simple change detection and feature extraction tasks. With GeoImaging Tools, users can achieve automated and highly accurate image registration. The Image Correction Module is available now and the Radar Module is expected to be available soon. 
>> Learn more 

Spatially Enabled Government and Society - the Global Perspective
The FIG Article of the Month for May 2010 is "Spatially Enabled Government and Society - the Global Perspective", written by Dr. Abbas Rajabifard. Spatially Enabled Society is a scenario when the society manages their information "spatially" using spatial components. Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) as enabling platforms are being developed by many countries to improve access, sharing and integration of spatial data and services. However, many issues and challenges need to be overcome to have a fully functioning platform. This paper discusses the concepts and current trends globally in spatially enabled government and society, and the various challenges and issues associated in re-engineering current SDI design as an enabling platform to support the new vision on spatially enabled government and society. 
>> Read article
Canadian and US Scientists Study the Water Cycle on the Prairies
During Canadian Environment Week, there was the first full campaign of the Canadian Experiment in Soil Moisture 2010 (CanEx SM10) near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The experiment is using 16 ground-based teams, two aircraft and three satellite platforms to compare and evaluate measurements of soil moisture on and in the ground, in the air and above the atmosphere. Participants include Environment Canada, Canadian Space Agency, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, University of Sherbrooke, Guelph University, US Department of Agriculture, NASA and others. 
>> Learn more
Tecterra Announces Call for Proposals
Tecterra is a national commercialization organization supporting the development and commercialization of technologies in geomatics for integrated resource management. It recently announced its first Call for Proposals for innovative commercialization and applied research and development projects in Geomatics for Integrated Resource Management (IRM). 
>> Learn more
OGC and AGISEE Announce Cooperative Relationship
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Association for Geospatial Information in South-East Europe (AGISEE) announced a cooperative relationship to promote the importance of open standards in the development of spatial data infrastructures and raise the awareness of interoperability in South-East Europe. 
>> Learn more
ASM Magazine Publishes Article on Asian Marine SDI for Environmental Response
Recent oil spill events in the Gulf of Mexico should awaken others to the possibility that their coasts could be threatened by similar circumstances. Asian countries are now in a position to learn many lessons and begin preparations and strategies for dealing with such events. The development of spatial data infrastructures supports such efforts and is one part of meeting this response. 
>> Learn more 

Augmented Reality on the Web Workshop
Augmented Reality (AR) is a longstanding topic in its own right but it has not been developed on the Web platform. As mobile devices become more powerful and feature-rich, the workshop will explore the possible convergence of AR and the Web. The objective of this workshop is to provide a single forum for researchers and technologists to discuss the state of AR on the Web, particularly the mobile platform, and what role standardization should play for Open Augmented Reality. 
>> Learn more
Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Conference in Singapore in October 2010 
The GSDI 12 World Conference 2010 will take place in Singapore from October 19 to 22, 2010. There are three major components in this conference: 1) 12th edition of the GSDI Conference; 2) 16th annual meeting of the Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia & the Pacific (PCGIAP); and 3) Trade Exhibition. The theme for this conference is Realizing Spatially Enabled Societies. The conference will explore the complementary roles of government, private industry and the academic community in realizing better means for sharing geographic data and technologies and developing improved location-based services for meeting real-world needs. 
>> Learn more
W3C Workshop on Privacy for Advanced Web APIs
As the Web advances toward becoming an application development platform that addresses needs previously met by native applications, work proceeds on APIs to access information previously not available to Web developers. The broad availability of possibly sensitive data collected through location sensors and other facilities in a Web browser is just one example of the broad new privacy challenges that the Web faces today. Earlier approaches to address privacy issues for the Web, especially through policy languages, have not seen broad implementation in current-generation Web browsers. This workshop serves to investigate strategies toward better privacy protection on the Web that are effective and lead to benefits in the near term. 
>> Learn more 

What are CAP and CAP-CP?
The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is an XML-based data format for exchanging public warnings and emergency messages between alerting organizations. CAP allows a warning message to be consistently disseminated simultaneously over many warning systems to many applications. CAP increases warning effectiveness and simplifies the task of activating a warning for responsible officials. In Canada, a working group composed of public alerting practitioners and government agencies has developed a CAP Canadian Profile (CAP-CP) based on CAP but specialized to address the needs of Canadian public alerting stakeholders, such as bilingualism, geocoding for Canada, managed lists of locations and events, etc. The CAP-CP working group, along with stakeholders and projects such as the Canadian Association for Public Alerting and Notification (CAPAN), are now working with and refining CAP-CP for application in Canada.
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	* ESRI Canada Launches Community Maps Program

	* ESRI Launches ArcGIS.com and ArcGIS Explorer Online

	* GeoConnections Releases Canada's Emergency Mapping Symbology (EMS) version 1.0

	* Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Effects and Response Maps Available Online
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Jack Dangermond to Showcase Community Maps at Gov 2.0 Expo
OGC 3D standard CityGML aligned within INSPIRE 3D expert group.
Four States Inaugurate Maps Showing Detailed Broadband Coverage
New ESRI Press Book Delivers Practical Guidance to Geometrical and Physical
Release of Business Analyst Online Makes It Even Easier to Find the Perfect Location 
Soil moisture and ocean salinity satellite begins operation
Web-GIS for Plant Parasites Capture and Research
ArcGIS Ideas allows users to suggest new products or enhancements
Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement
Government 2.0 efforts at Canadian municipal and federals levels
Building Applications on Elevation Terrain Data
How the Right Map in the Right Hands Can Save Your Life
GPS III Team Advancing On-Schedule In Critical Design Review Phase
EmerGeo Emergency Mapping Supports Victoria Australia Police
Tecterra Inc. Appoints Dr. Mohamed Abousalem as first CEO
Understanding privacy protection issues and unauthorized surveillance in LBS
Intermap Technologies Helps Provide European-wide Flood Risk Mapping Services
Google Maps and Facebook are Most Popular Mobile Applications
Jack Dangermond video describes what users can find and do at ArcGIS.com.
New Book Highlights multinational SDI Efforts in Europe
Cancer Maps and the Power of Geomedicine
How to create Metadata Faster 
Guelph Hydro's Award Winning Web Tool Inspires other Ontario Utilities [PDF]
eSDI-NET Plus - 2009 Annual Report [PDF]
New Insights and Strategies for SDI Presented at INSPIRE Conference
Indian Government investigates declassifying spatial data
Intellectual property rights: Onus of the owner

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