Webinar: Police Departments Reduce Crime with Spatial Analytics

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 2 – 3 pm Eastern / 1 – 2 pm Central / 12 – 1 pm Mountain / 11 am – 12 pm Pacific

Not long ago, violent crime in the city of Richmond, Va., was spiraling out of control. In 2004, Richmond was the ninth most dangerous city in the U.S., according to annual crime rankings published by Morgan Quitno Press. The following year, the city climbed to fifth. The trend was a wake-up call for the Richmond Police Department, prompting the agency to search for new and innovative ways to combat crime.

Join Dr. Colleen McCue, author of Data Mining and Predictive Analysis: Intelligence Gathering and Crime Analysis, to hear how the city found a large part of the solution in IBM SPSS predictive analytics software and Esri ArcGIS.

The Richmond Police Department now makes better-informed public safety decisions on everything from officer deployment to risk management and its crime rates have plummeted. So has the city’s dangerous city ranking – dropping all the way from fifth to 99th.

By tapping the power of IBM SPSS software and geographic information systems from Esri to determine where and when crimes are occurring, police departments are able to better deploy officers on the street. Join our webinar to learn more about how you can unlock the hidden intelligence in your crime data to improve public safety.

Who Should Attend
Executives, department heads and communications/IT staff from state and local governments, as well as from companies and organizations involved in public safety and law enforcement.

Hosted By:
Directions Media

Moderated By:
Mike Agron
Executive Webinar Producer
Directions Media

URISA Journal Names New Editor-in-Chief

The Board of Directors of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah to a three-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the URISA Journal.

Dr. Thakuriah is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy in the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research specializes in transportation planning and its relationship to society and the economy, and Intelligent Transportation Systems and Location‐Based Services. Prior to her appointment as Editor-in-Chief she served as a member of the Journal’s Article Review Board.

According to Dr. Thakuriah, the URISA Journal has the potential to be “the world’s most influential and widely read journal relating to urban and regional geospatial information, among academia, government, industry and non‐profit organizations.”

To this end, goals for her three-year term include seeking indexing by leading open‐access journal repositories and citation services, and expanding the community of researchers and practitioners who submit manuscripts to the Journal.

Dr. Thakuriah succeeds Dr. Jochen Albrecht, whose term as Editor-in-Chief from 2007 to 2009 strengthened the Journal’s standing as the premiere open access journal in the geospatial field.

Over 200 peer-reviewed articles in 43 issues of the URISA Journal are freely available at http://www.urisa.org/journal_archives.

[Source: URISA press release]

Call for Papers: Journal of Urbanism, Special Issue on GeoDesign

Papers are invited for a special issue focusing on GeoDesign as a pragmatic platform for the design and planning of viable and livable communities. The rapidly expanding human footprint has resulted in many complex urban and environmental problems, such as social and environmental conflicts, resource limitation, air pollution, climate change, and increasing desertification, to name a few. These problems have created numerous obstacles to achieving and maintaining a sustainable future and a more effective form of growth management. The challenges are indicative of the need to rely on new approaches that help practitioners understand the relationship between people and their environment.

GeoDesign represents one new approach and provides a planning support system (PSS) platform for addressing current urban and environmental problems. GeoDesign is an emerging concept that seeks to address key issues that impact the planning and operation of human settlement. To that end, the notion of GeoDesign provides a pragmatic platform for monitoring economic, environmental, and social impacts on spatial dimensions.

This special issue of the Journal of Urbanism seeks to explore this new approach and expand upon its application, with a particular focus on its role in shaping economically viable, environmentally sound and socially equitable communities. We seek papers from multiple perspectives and scales, with various methodological approaches, and a diverse array of topics. We are interested in papers that cover GeoDesign from different angles representing its four key pillars, including technology application, practice, research and education.

Papers should be 6,000 to 8,000 words in length, and must be submitted no later than August 1, 2011 using the Journal’s manuscript submission site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/rjou. When submitting your paper using the online portal, please indicate that your submission is intended for the special issue on GeoDesign. For further information, please contact Emily Talen (etalen@asu.edu), co-editor of the Journal of Urbanism, or Ahmed Abukhater (aabukhater@esri.com), guest editor for the special issue on GeoDesign.

Guest Editor: Ahmed Abukhater

Submission Deadline: 01 August 2011

Online Submission Portal: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/rjou

Dangermond Announces GovMaps.org at Esri FedUC Plenary

On January 19, 2011, Esri president Jack Dangermond announced the new website GovMaps.org during the plenary session of the Esri Federal User Conference in Washington, D.C. The prototype site offers a customized view into commonly used nationwide layers and maps in ArcGIS for a better understanding of national issues and trends.

Quick access to this authoritative geospatial information supports visibility into federal data and better decision making across the country. Site visitors are encouraged to provide suggestions and comments on the prototype.

[Source: Esri Media Alert]

Toward an Applied Anthropology of GIS: Spatial Analysis of Adolescent Childbearing in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, Florida

Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Florida, 2010, 178 pages

Kathleen I. Maes, Ph.D.

“This work investigates births to white, African American and Hispanic adolescents in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, Florida, from 1992 to 1997 in two age groups–13 to 17 year-olds and 18 to 19 year-olds–using spatial statistical techniques along with key informant interviews to provide insights into the utility of the research findings. The research developed a method for estimating the adolescent population in inter-census years, which was used to determine denominators for calculating teen birth rates. It also developed a composite deprivation index using socioeconomic indicators at the census block group level. The index provided context for hot and cold spot analysis, areas where expected teen birth rates were statistically higher or lower than expected. The association between socioeconomic deprivation in a neighborhood and rates of teen births was inconclusive, indicating a need for further research. Next steps include investigating individual-level risk and protective factors using multi-level modeling and cluster analysis as alternate analytic methods, and conducting ethnographic investigation to help provide context to the neighborhoods.”

Geo-processing Workflow Driven Wildfire Hot Pixel Detection under Sensor Web Environment

Computers & Geosciences, Volume 36 Issue 3, March, 2010

Nengcheng Chen, Liping Di, Genong Yu, and Jianya Gong

“Integrating Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) services with Geo-Processing Workflows (GPW) has become a bottleneck for Sensor Web-based applications, especially remote-sensing observations. This paper presents a common GPW framework for Sensor Web data service as part of the NASA Sensor Web project. This abstract framework includes abstract GPW model construction, GPW chains from service combination, and data retrieval components. The concrete framework consists of a data service node, a data processing node, a data presentation node, a Catalogue Service node, and a BPEL engine. An abstract model designer is used to design the top level GPW model, a model instantiation service is used to generate the concrete Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), and the BPEL execution engine is adopted. This framework is used to generate several kinds of data: raw data from live sensors, coverage or feature data, geospatial products, or sensor maps. A prototype, including a model designer, model instantiation service, and GPW engine-BPELPower is presented. A scenario for an EO-1 Sensor Web data service for wildfire hot pixel detection is used to test the feasibility of the proposed framework. The execution time and influences of the EO-1 live Hyperion data wildfire classification service framework are evaluated. The benefits and high performance of the proposed framework are discussed. The experiments of EO-1 live Hyperion data wildfire classification service show that this framework can improve the quality of services for sensor data retrieval and processing.”

Research on Regional Spatial Variability of Soil Moisture Based on GIS

IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 2010, Volume 317/2010, 466-470

Yongcun Fan, Changli Zhang, Junlong Fang, and Lei Tian

“As one of soil dynamics properties, soil moisture content is an important factor of soil fertility which counts for much to crop growth situation and scientific irrigation management. A design plan of regional spatial variation of soil moisture measurement was introduced. Its main job includes the use of differential GPS technology for each sampling points in farmland, collecting data of high-precision geo-spatial information and soil moisture in farmland resorting on measure instruments of soil moisture, communicating the data between measuring instrument and portable data analysis devices or computer with cable or wireless network based on ZigBee technology, analyzing data of experimental farmland of the topography and terrain, processing and interpolating data of soil moisture content.”