GIS News: URISA, ESRI Canada, Agency9, SuperGeo, RapidEye

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The latest news from the geospatial industry has several software announcements: SuperGIS Server now supports KML, FME 2011 allows for faster data retrieval, and Agency9 has released CityPlanner 2.0.  ESRI Canada has announced a new Award of Excellence and URISA is accepting applications for its Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards through Monday, June 6, 2011.

SuperGIS Server 3 now supports KML Services:

Besides its original functions, SuperGIS Server 3 now supports map services which conform to KML format for advancing map resource sharing. Users can add this service that is saved as a website address to the software platforms which can read KML format, such as Google Earth, to overlay, display and navigate map.

Users are able to edit maps online with the edit service published by SuperGIS Server 3, which supports Web Map Service (WMS), Web Coverage Service (WCS) and Web Feature Service (WFS) defined by Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards.

1Spatial has completed an assessment and technical recommendation project for English Heritage (EH) around data and system interoperability across the historic environment sector:

The purpose of the consultation exercise was, firstly, to assess both the current interoperability of data between local authority electronic planning systems and Heritage Protection Reform (HPR) and the compliance of that data with the MIDAS Heritage data standard and, secondly, to identify and communicate a vision for achieving full interoperability in future.

Once the functionality and tools used in existing electronic planning systems had been evaluated,  1Spatial Consultants then assessed the current compliance of EH data with MIDAS and subsequently submitted a ‘State of the Art Analysis’ report to EH. This report put forward a set of recommendations to ensure that accurate HPR information can be readily available at the point of need to those making planning decisions that rely on historic environment data, and will be used to establish a foundation for future interoperability strategy along with a clear action plan to achieve it.

ESRI Canada has awarded the Manitoba Health’s Office of Disaster Management (ODM) with an Award of Excellence for enhancing emergency management using ESRI’s geographic information system (GIS) technology.

In 2009, they implemented a Common Operational Picture (COP) application, a dynamic Web map viewer that displays real-time emergency information from numerous sources.  The system has enhanced their ability to monitor and manage crises across the province, as well as develop and communicate strategic plans to stakeholders to mitigate risk and avert future disasters.

The COP application leverages ESRI’s ArcGIS technology to fuse valuable data from various systems and provide a single display of information shared by many levels of command.  It pulls information automatically from over 100 data sources, including satellite imagery, topographic basemaps, demographic data and dynamic feeds of weather, road conditions and flood activity.  It displays numerous data layers representing hospitals, helicopter landing zones, broken bridges and others, helping users to quickly identify problem areas for effective analysis, planning and response.

New functionality in FME 2011 increases the speed of extracting the precise subset of data that is immediately needed from databases such as Oracle Spatial, Esri ArcSDE, Microsoft SQL Server, PostGIS, and others.

Organizations interested in seeing this functionality in action are invited to attend Safe Software’s live webinar: “Quickly Move Your Data into Place with Oracle Spatial and FME,” on June 9, 2011 at 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EDT / 7:00pm CEST. To learn more and to register,

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is accepting applications for its Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards through Monday, June 6, 2011. The awards recognize exceptional achievements in the application of geospatial information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services.

Applications may be submitted in two categories, Single Process and Enterprise Systems:

–      SINGLE PROCESS SYSTEMS – Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of applying information system technology to automate a specific SINGLE process or operation involving one department or sub-unit of an agency. The system application results in extended and/or improved government services that are more efficient and/or save money.

–      ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS – Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of using information systems technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process. These systems exemplify effective use of technology yielding widespread improvements in the process(es) and/or service(s) involved and/or cost savings to the organization.

Applications must be submitted by June 6, 2011. Winners in each category will be recognized at GIS-Pro 2011: URISA’s 49th Annual Conference, November 1-4, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Quick Notes:

Agency9 has released CityPlanner 2.0, a 3D visualization and planning cloud service.

Aruna Technologies is now a RapidEye Distributor serving Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.

SuperGeo Technologies will be exhibiting SuperPad 3 at the upcoming Computex Taipei.


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