Call for Papers: Advances in Sensors and Algorithms for Topographic and Thematic Mapping

“The International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Mapping from Satellite Imagery is pleased to invite you to contribute to the ICA Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Algorithms for Topographic and Thematic Mapping.

“This will be a one-and-a-half day event in conjunction with the Special Joint Symposium of ISPRS Technical Commission IV and AutoCarto2010, beginning in the afternoon of 18 November 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel at Entrance to Universal Orlando, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

“The workshop will offer a forum for scholars and professionals to showcase their latest research advances in remote sensors and information extraction techniques that are particularly tied with various mapping applications. The workshop topics include but are not limited to:

  • Cartographic capabilities of high-resolution optical and active remote sensors
  • Development of improved information extraction algorithms
  • Topographical and bathymetrical mapping
  • Urban feature extraction and landscape mapping
  • Hydrographic feature extraction
  • Ecological and environmental mapping
  • Natural hazards mapping and monitoring

Deadline: 30 September 2010

CentropeMAP and CentropeSTATISTICS – Cross-Border Geodata Infrastructure with User-Defined Thematic Maps

REAL CORP 2010 Proceedings/Tagungsband, Vienna, 18-20 May 2010

Clemens Beyer, Walter Pozarek, Manfred Schrenk

“Growing together – together we grow. This is the head note of Centrope, the dynamic cross-border region between the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria. Cross-border access to standardised spatial data sets is essential for a common development of this region in the near future. CentropeMAP provides an interface for geodata stored in four different countries since 2003 when the project was initiated on behalf of the Eastern Austrian Planning Association PGO, a co-operation of the three Austrian federal provinces Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vienna with a base map of the region created with GIS software. For the first two years data exchange happened only offline, exchanging GIS layers on CD-ROM.

“The CentropeMAP server was set up in the year 2005 and hosts a map server as well as geodata and a map viewing client. Since this time there has been free web access to all CentropeMAP-related datasets. The user receives maps showing data from servers all over the region together in the same view. Recently the extension CentropeSTATISTICS was added, featuring statistic data for the whole region for download and map view. Also the statistical data comes from local authorities and is merged to a single table for the whole region. These tables can be queried, exported, aggregated, and even visualised at the CentropeMAP portal. Twice a year representatives from all partner regions meet to discuss the further development of CentropeMAP and CentropeSTATISTICS. The CentropeMAP applications and files are hosted on a Linux server. All geodata and viewing applications for CentropeMAP and CentropeSTATISTICS use open source software.”

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SDI Papers at the 2010 ESRI International User Conference

SDIs around the World

  • GeoSUR, Building the SDI Foundations in South America
  • Improving SDI geoportal accessibility – SNIG example
  • Building a Spatial Data Infrastructure at The Nature Conservancy
  • Enterprise Approach for the Design of Jamaica’s GeoPortal

Geospatial Line of Business—Life Cycle Management (Panel Discussion)

  • The Geospatial Line of Business (GeoLoB) Lifecycle Management Workgroup received endorsement in December 2008 on the OMB Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance document. This document provides additional guidance on Roles and Responsibilities, a Lexicon of Geospatial Terminology, Geospatial Data Lifecycle Stages, and Principals for defining the characteristics of data thems for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). Current activities include the development of a lifecycle stage maturity model for the geospatial datasets, identification of management practices, and an approach to geospatial portfolio management complimentary to Circular A-16. The panel will discuss the development of the supplemental guidance, activities the team have been involved in since December 2008, and continuing efforts for FY2010.

Spatial Data Infrastructure Specifications, Concepts, and Services

  • Supporting Framework Data Content Standards Implementation Through Professional Training
  • Integrating Regional Geoportals within a Web CMS Framework
  • Replacing Local Data by Web Services Using ArcGIS Desktop, SDI
  • How to Create a European INSPIRE Compliant Data Specification

Advantages of ArcGIS Spatial Data Infrastructure Interoperability and Advanced Technology

  • The European Spatial Data Infrastructure Network Project
  • The Barrick Gold SDI – Any Data, Any Time, Anywhere

National Geospatial Advisory Committee Dialog: Panel and Audience Discussion

  • This session will provide an overview of the role, activities, and goals of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), and provide an opportunity to engage in dialogue with NGAC leadership and members on national geospatial policy issues. The NGAC, which includes members from a cross-section of governmental and non-governmental organizations, was established to provide advice and recommendations to the Federal government on nationally significant geospatial policy issues. Since its inception in 2008, the NGAC has developed recommendations on several key topics, including provided transition recommendations, economic recovery, Imagery for the Nation, and National Land Parcel Data. The committee also published a white paper on the “changing landscape” of geospatial technology. This session will provide an overview of the NGAC’s planned activities in 2010, including development of a National Geospatial Policy, support for the Administration’s place-based management initiatives, National Geospatial Forums, opportunities to enhance geospatial partnerships, and reviews of emerging technologies.

The Business Case for SDI

  • This briefing will define what a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) can be and how it adds business value for all types of organizations including commercial, nongovernmental , and government organizations.

Spatio-temporal Analysis of Vegetation Dynamics of Selected Successional Stages of Dry Acidic Grasslands: Experimental Studies and Model Simulations

Dissertation, August 2009

Marcel Austenfeld

“A generic modeling environment for the analysis and simulation of spatio-temporal phenomena in ecosystems was developed. This framework was built upon a Rich Client Platform (RCP) which uses new concepts of extensibility and software architecture for sustainable development and provides a solid basis for an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for ecological models. The integration of various statistical tools, imaging routines and several specialized drawing panels makes this environment particularly suitable for the analysis of the above mentioned spatio-temporal ecological processes.

“Because of their comparatively low complexity, dry acidic grassland ecosystems have been repeatedly used for studying vegetation pattern formation and the underlying biotic interactions. In order to obtain an integrative view of the existing knowledge as well as to provide a possibility for further integrative analysis with the help of model simulations, the above described platform was used to develop an individual based Model structure for the investigation of long term effects of environmental changes on the stability of early successional stages of such dry acidic grasslands which are typically dominated by the two pioneer species Corynephorus canescens and Polytrichum piliferum. The model was validated with experimental data and the spatio-temporal patterns created by the model were in good accordance with the measured natural patterns.

“The model was then used to analyze the effect of changes in temperature, nutrient supply and disturbance rate on the long term behavior of this ecosystem. The results showed an overall high stability of this system under different temperature and nutrient scenarios as long as an intermediate disturbance frequency is assured.

“Finally, an experimental study on the effect of herbivory and competition on the Corynephorus canescens was conducted. In a controlled field experiment, the effects of the removal of various amounts of aboveground biomass on the above and belowground biomass allocation during the following regeneration phase was analyzed in the presence or absence of an intraspecific and interspecific competitor (Hieracium pilosella). The results show a rather high ability of C. canescens to compensate low to medium amounts of foliage loss (reflecting the typical natural herbivory induced by grasshoppers and rabbits) without significant changes in its competitive ability. Belowground, no biomass effects of foliage removal and/or competition could be detected. Because of these negligible effects, herbivory was not implemented in the above described model.”

ArcGIS Server Now Available as Cloud-Based Subscription

New Option Provides Easier, Greener Deployment of Server GIS

ESRI announces that, for the first time, customers have the option to purchase a cloud-based subscription to ArcGIS Server, ESRI’s server-based geographic information system (GIS) software. With this option, users can purchase an annual subscription, which 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.

Running ArcGIS Server in the cloud simplifies GIS server deployment and reduces the complexity of server management. It allows organizations to more rapidly meet larger-than-average workloads and demand by scaling up or down the number of ArcGIS Server instances without investing in new on-premises hardware. Users gain direct access to ArcGIS Server within minutes and can begin publishing services and supporting Web mapping applications immediately. ArcGIS Server Cloud Bundle is also a green computing option that allows organizations to reduce their overall energy consumption.

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.

For more information on the ArcGIS Server Cloud Bundle, visit

[Source: ESRI press release]

Geostatistical Analysis of County-Level Lung Cancer Mortality Rates in the Southeastern United States

Geographical Analysis, Volume 42 Issue 1  (January 2010) p 32-52

Pierre Goovaerts

“The analysis of health data and putative covariates, such as environmental, socioeconomic, demographic, behavioral, or occupational factors, is a promising application for geostatistics. Transferring methods originally developed for the analysis of earth properties to health science, however, presents several methodological and technical challenges. These arise because health data are typically aggregated over irregular spatial supports (e.g., counties) and consist of a numerator and a denominator (i.e., rates). This article provides an overview of geostatistical methods tailored specifically to the characteristics of areal health data, with an application to lung cancer mortality rates in 688 U.S. counties of the southeast (1970–1994). Factorial Poisson kriging can filter short-scale variation and noise, which can be large in sparsely populated counties, to reveal similar regional patterns for male and female cancer mortality that correlate well with proximity to shipyards. Rate uncertainty was transferred through local cluster analysis using stochastic simulation, allowing the computation of the likelihood of clusters of low or high cancer mortality. Accounting for population size and rate uncertainty led to the detection of new clusters of high mortality around Oak Ridge National Laboratory for both sexes, in counties with high concentrations of pig farms and paper mill industries for males (occupational exposure) and in the vicinity of Atlanta for females.”