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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Illustrated Guide to Nonprofit GIS and Online Mapping


the first public version of MapTogether's Illustrated Guide to Nonprofit GIS and Online Mapping. The Guide includes:

* a brief introduction to mapping and GIS (geographic information systems) technology and concepts
* examples of successful nonprofit projects using GIS and/or mapping technologies
* helpful strategies for planning your own mapping/GIS project
* a review of public data sources with freely available data
* a brief review of free and low-cost tools for nonprofit mapping and GIS projects

The Guide is released under a Creative Commons 3.0 NC/BY/ND license.

Download MapTogether-NPGIS-v.0.99.pdf (2.4 MB, PDF file)

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GSDI 12 World Conference


The GSDI 12 World Conference will take place in the garden city of Singapore from 19 to 22 October 2010. The Partners in organizing this conference include the GSDI Association, Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia & the Pacific (PCGIAP) and Singapore Land Authority (SLA).

There are three major components in this conference:
  • The 12th edition of the GSDI Conference;
  • The 16th annual meeting of the Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia & the Pacific (PCGIAP); and
  • Trade Exhibition.
The theme for this conference is Realising Spatially Enabled Societies.

Geographic information technologies and spatial data infrastructure play critical roles in allowing governments, local communities, non-government organizations, the commercial sector, the academic community and common people to make progress in addressing many of the world’s most pressing problems. Further, use of spatial data in conjunction with mobile technologies is becoming pervasive within many nations. While mapping and spatial data infrastructure development was previously roles accomplished only by governments, this is no longer the case. All sectors of society are becoming spatially enabled and contributing to the development of the global spatial data infrastructure. Whether using hand-held devices incorporating phones, cameras, GPS, maps and location services or using sensors and wireless communications embedded within our homes, offices, stores, vehicles and along our travel paths, citizens are helping to build the next generations of spatial data infrastructure through their contributions of location and descriptive data.

This conference will explore the complementary roles of government, private industry and the academic community in realizing better means for sharing geographic data and technologies and developing improved location-based services for meeting real world needs.

Singapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and colour, you'll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture here. Brimming with unbridled energy, this little dynamo in Southeast Asia embodies the finest of both East and West. We invite you to come and engage yourself in intellectual exchange with leaders and experts in the geospatial industry.

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Using Geographic Information Systems to Increase Citizen Engagement


Description: Professor Ganapati traces the evolution of the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in government, with a focus on the use of GIS by local government. The current third wave (Geospatial Web 2.0 platforms) has seen a dramatic increase in the use of GIS by citizens, such as obtaining transit and crime information. Professor Ganapati presents several case examples of how GIS is now being used by local governments across the nation.

Of special interest to Professor Ganapati is the potential use of GIS in reaching out to citizens to increase their participation in planning and decisionmaking. He concludes that, while progress has been slow in this area, there is great potential for government and other groups to use GIS to increase citizen participation.

Read/download individual chapters from this report:
Download report here.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Second Open Source GIS UK Conference - OSGIS 2010

CGS, University of Nottingham, UK
21-22nd June 2010

The OSGIS conference series has a strong international focus and takes a holistic approach in bringing together speakers and delegates from government, academe, industry and open source communities. High profile speakers from all over the world are invited for giving presentations and running hands-on workshops for the conference series.

The Second Open Source GIS UK conference will be held on 21-22nd June 2010 at CGS, University of Nottingham.

Inaugural Presentation - Professor Ari Jolma (Helsinki University of Technology, Finland)

Keynote Address - Arnulf Christl (President of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation)

Plenary Speaker - Tyler Mitchell (Executive Director of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation)

OSGIS 2010 Workshops

o gvSIG Desktop & Mobile Workshop- (gvSIG Association,SPAIN)
o OS OpenSpace Workshop (Ordnance Survey, UK)
o GEOSS Workshop (CGS, University of Nottingham)


o Abstracts Submission deadline: 30 January 2010
o Notification of acceptance: 15th February 2010
o Final papers delivered by: 15 March 2010
o Notification of acceptance: 30th March 2010

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ESRI GIS Best Practices


More then 40 free e-books on GIS best practices currently available on link above.

List of topic discussed:
- Business
- Education
- GIS Technology
- Government
- Natural Resources
- Public Safety
- Transportation
- Utilities and Communication


Monday, October 19, 2009

Google Earth Non-Profit Event in Kampala and Nairobi


What is this event?
Google Earth Outreach is a program that helps non-profit organizations and public benefit groups learn to use Google Earth and Maps as powerful communications tools to educate the public and policy-makers. At this event, you will hear first-hand from organizations who have used Google Earth for outreach and advocacy in Africa. You will also learn how to implement Google Maps and Google Earth for your own projects in our afternoon workshop.

Please visit link above for more detail.