Abstracts Sought for 2012 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are pleased to announce the 16th Annual GIS/CAMA (Geographic Information Systems / Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal) Technologies Conference, to be held March 12-15, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio, Texas.

The educational program is developed through a review of submissions received through the Call for Presentations. The committee welcomes the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, and lightning talks and has proposed a list of suggested topics for consideration (all abstracts received will be reviewed and considered for the conference program regardless of the list below):

  • Modeling unstable markets using advanced techniques
  • Funding assessment operations and projects
  • Mobile technology in action
  • Raising public understanding – New ways of showing the public what we do and how we do it
  • Best practices and lessons learned
  • Technology implementations
  • GIS in crisis – Sharing data instantly using GIS when nature wreaks havoc
  • For Better or For Worse – Keeping staff engaged in the face of cutbacks and other workforce development challenges
  • ROI – Resource or technology investments that paid off
  • On the Up and Up – Tales of recovery after economic or natural disaster
  • The best idea we had this year was…
  • Mineral rights – big business or bust?
  • Public data versus privacy rights
  • Utilizing GIS tools for appeals
  • Going viral – using YouTube and other social media
  • Parcel Numbering
  • Web interfaces – from electronic submission of appeals to comparable sales maps for public use
  • Statistical models for commercial property
  • Personal property from PCs to wind farms
  • From the Alamo to Australia –National and international valuation models
  • Utilizing GIS for change detection
  • Geospatial valuation tips and tricks
  • GIS in the ‘Cloud’
  • The value of ‘Green’ construction
  • IGNITE – 5-7 minute presentations on anything and everything GIS and CAMA

Abstract submissions will be accepted until September 23, 2011. The link to the Call for Presentations and general conference information is: http://www.urisa.org/conferences/2012gis_cama

[Source: URISA press release]

Semantically-enabled Sensor Plug & Play for the Sensor Web

Submitted to Sensors, 21 July 21, 2011

Arne Broring, Patrick Maue´, Krzysztof Janowicz, Daniel Nust, and Christian Malewski

“Environmental sensors have continuously improved by becoming smaller, cheaper, and more intelligent over the past years. As consequence of these technological advancements, sensors are increasingly deployed to monitor our environment. The large variety of available sensor types with sometimes incompatible protocols complicates the integration of sensors into observation systems. The standardized Web service interfaces and data encodings defined within OGC’s Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) framework makes sensors available over the Web and hide the heterogeneous sensor protocols from applications.

Matching between sensor and service characteristics.

Matching between sensor and service characteristics.

“So far, the SWE framework does not describe how to integrate sensors on-the-fly with minimal human intervention. The driver software which enables access to sensors has to be implemented. The measured sensor data has to be manually mapped to the SWE models. In this article we introduce a Sensor Plug & Play infrastructure for the Sensor Web by combining (1) semantic matchmaking functionality, (2) a publish-subscribe mechanism underlying the Sensor Web, as well as (3) a model for the declarative description of sensor interfaces which serves as a generic driver mechanism. We implement and evaluate our approach by applying it to an oil spill scenario. The matchmaking is realized using existing ontologies and reasoning engines and provides a strong case for the semantic integration capabilities provided by Semantic Web research.”

2011 GIS in Public Transportation Conference Details Announced

URISA and the University of South Florida’s National Center for Transit Research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) are pleased to announce the details of the 2011 GIS in Public Transportation Conference, which will take place at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, Florida, September 13-15, 2011.

URISA Certified Workshops will open the conference on Tuesday, September 13. Attendees may choose to attend Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation or GIS Program Management.

Two keynote speakers will be featured at the conference:       

  • Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America – presented by Adie Tomer, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
  • Open Trip Planner: Open Source Multimodal Trip Planner – presented by Kevin Webb, Project and Product Manager for Trip Planning and System Maps, OpenPlans Transportation

The conference was developed primarily from submissions received through the Call for Abstracts. Some of the featured sessions include:

Tools and Techniques – This session will cover use of GIS technology tools to improve system performance.

  • GIS for Better Operational Performance and Service Delivery – GeoTransit Planner
    Colleen Schelde and Jakob Mortensen, GeoManagement A/S, Charlottenlund, Denmark
  • Linear Referencing System in Transit Agency
    Voliya Arakkal, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Washington DC
  • Model Builder™, Marketing, and Money 
    Shannon Haney, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, Tampa, FL

Real Time Learn about some of the latest applications of real time transit data, from information accessibility to the development and deployment of web-based transit data.

  • Transit 2.0: Info-accessibility in Urban Transport
    Ian White, Urban Mapping, San Francisco, CA
  • The Art and Science of Designing and Deploying Web-Based Real-Time Customer Information
    Lawrence Harman and Uma Shama, PhD, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
  • GIS Data in Real Time Transit Management Systems
    Joachim Pfeiffer,  Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., San Francisco, CA

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – Speakers in this session will present research in BRT impacts on property value, transit accessibility, and the role of GIS in identifying BRT corridors.

  • Land Use Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): The Boston Silver Line
    Victoria Perk and Steven Reader, Ph.D., Center for Urban Transportation Research, Tampa, FL
  • Identification of Bus Rapid Transit Corridor in a GIS Environment
    Vimal Kr. Gahlot, Research Scholar, MNIT, Jaipur, India 
  • BRT’s Impact on Transit Accessibility
    Cheryl Thole,  Center for Urban Transportation Research , Tampa, FL

A poster session (still accepting submissions), exhibition and networking events round out the conference experience. Registration and hotel discounts are available through the end of August. For complete conference, exhibits, travel and registration information, visit http://www.urisa.org/gis_transit today!

[Source: URISA press release]

Toward Understanding the Ecological Impact of Transportation Corridors

PNW-GTR-846General Technical Report #PNW-GTR-846, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 2011

Bennett, Victoria J.; Smith, Winston P.; and Betts, Matthew G.

“Transportation corridors (notably roads) affect wildlife habitat, populations, and entire ecosystems. Considerable effort has been expended to quantify direct effects of roads on wildlife populations and ecological communities and processes. Much less effort has been expended toward quantifying indirect effects. In this report, we provide a comprehensive review of road/transportation corridor ecology; in particular, how this new field of ecology has advanced worldwide. Further, we discuss how research thus far has shaped our understanding and views of the ecological implications of transportation infrastructures, and, in turn, how this has led to the current guidance, policies, and management options. We learned that the impacts of transportation infrastructures are a global issue, with the potential to affect a wide variety of taxonomically diverse species and ecosystems. Because the majority of research to date has focused on the direct and more aesthetic and anthropocentric implications of transportation corridors, mainly wildlife-vehicle collisions, it is a fairly standard practice to incorporate underpasses, green bridges (i.e., overpasses), fencing, and barriers into road corridors to alleviate such impacts. Few studies, however, have been able to demonstrate the efficiency of these structures. Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly evident that the indirect implications of transportation infrastructures (i.e., behavioral responses of wildlife individuals to roads) may be more pervasive, at least from the standpoint of biological diversity. Understanding how road corridors influence the functional connectivity of landscapes is crucial if we are to effectively manage species of concern. With these issues in mind, we propose a program of study that addresses the indirect and cumulative implications of transportation infrastructure on species distributions, community structure and ecosystem function.”