November, 2014


GIS Data

George Washington University geography students helping USAID and the World Bank map Kathmandu by tracing satellite imagery using online tools for the Open Cities project on November 1, 2013. Credit: Chad BlevinsGeorge Washington University geography students helping USAID and the World Bank map Kathmandu by tracing satellite imagery using online tools for the Open Cities project on November 1, 2013. Credit: Chad Blevins

Open Cities Mapping Project

A partnership between Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, American Red Cross, USAID, and Development Seed, Open Cities was launched in November of 2012 in order to “create open data ecosystems that will facilitate innovative, data-driven urban planning and disaster risk […]

GIS Software

Some highlights of the improvements being offered with MapInfo Pro 64 bitSome highlights of the improvements being offered with MapInfo Pro 64 bit.

Latest Release of MapInfo Focuses on an Easier to Use Mapping Experience

Pitney Bowes, the maker of MapInfo, has released an updated version of the GIS software that is aimed towards lowering the amount of time it takes for a user to be up and running with mapping and spatial analysis. Clarence Hempfield, the Director of Product Management at Pitney Bowes provided […]

GIS Industry

Using GIS to monitor rainfall in Niger using Rainwatch. Source: ICT for Development.Using GIS to monitor rainfall in Niger using Rainwatch. Source: ICT for Development.

Four Ways GIS is Being Used to Help Populations Vulnerable to Long Term Climate Change

The power of GIS is in its ability to be both simple and complex – showing difficult ideas and layers of data with a single software package makes it easily transferable to vulnerable populations and their governing forces. That power is changing the way vulnerable populations relate with their natural world and resources to keep ahead of imminent climate changes.  

GIS Data

Atlantic view of fishing activity on Global Fishing Watch.Atlantic view of fishing activity on Global Fishing Watch.

Using Geospatial Technologies to Map Illegal Fishing

Worldwide overfishing is having a devastating effect on marine ecosystems.  A 2014 report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization found that one-third of marine fish stocks worldwide have been overfished, and over 90% of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited or over-fished.  Give the vast expanse of the ocean (96.5% […]