Monthly Archives: August 2005

Hurricane Katrina imagery using Google Earth

While I’ve been searching for real-time weather and imagery KMLs I’ve also generated some output of the results I’ve had using Google Earth. These images are now featured at my photoblog at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gisuser/. Also of interest is the real-time stream flow data and gauge readings available from the USGS – these data are useful for tracking hurricane flooding. You can find out about it here http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/6733/. Those looking to download Google Earth KMLs of HNC (national hurricane center) data can find listings in our downloads section at GISuser.com. Finally, best wishes to all of our friends and associates in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and anywhere else that may be affected by Katrina.
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Google’s Address Geocoding patent

 
That’s right.. details of the pattent are as follows… A geocoding component generates geographic coordinate information, such as latitude and longitude values, for postal addresses. A table includes a number of rows, each corresponding to one or more addresses. The geocoding component can quickly locate a particular row in the table based on a number of input address identifiers as the intersection of the sets rows that correspond to each of the address terms. The geocoding component may operate on addresses that are received by the geocoding component or extracted from documents. See http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=/netahtml/search-adv.html&r=1&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=ptxt&S1=google$.ASNM.&OS=an/google$&RS=AN/google$ for complete details of the patent

Google’s Address Geocoding patent

 
That’s right.. details of the pattent are as follows… A geocoding component generates geographic coordinate information, such as latitude and longitude values, for postal addresses. A table includes a number of rows, each corresponding to one or more addresses. The geocoding component can quickly locate a particular row in the table based on a number of input address identifiers as the intersection of the sets rows that correspond to each of the address terms. The geocoding component may operate on addresses that are received by the geocoding component or extracted from documents. See http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=/netahtml/search-adv.html&r=1&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=ptxt&S1=google$.ASNM.&OS=an/google$&RS=AN/google$ for complete details of the patent

Open Access to State-Collected Geospatial Data

A new petition is now online, the Topic – “Open Access to State-Collected Geospatial Data”. The creators of the initiative state the following: “We are collecting signatures from spatial data users and GIS software developers worldwide to help demonstrate broad support for open access to geodata policies.” So far they have collected more than 150 names. See http://okfn.org/geo/manifesto.php#signup

Protecting Our Homeland with Geospatial Intelligence

FYI, The July/August 2005 issue of the Pathfinder is now available on line. The theme of this issue is “Protecting Our Homeland with Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT).”  Pathfinder is the bi-monthly magazine produced by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to promote public awareness and understanding of the discipline of geospatial intelligence. See http://www.nga.mil 

 

The Virtual Earth movie!

What is Virtual Earth? This amusing video from MSN features Steve Lombardi (from the Microsoft MapPoint crew) and answers the question… What is Virtual Earth? It’s definitely amusing and effective… See http://www.virtualearthinfo.com/video.asp

Nanaimo BC using Google Earth & Google Map APIs

 
The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia recently started using FME Suite’s KML support to provide residents with access to some of its geographic information via Google Earth. Using FME Suite, the City’s web site is providing KML links to visitors. KMLs include a virtual tour of the downtown core, 3D building models, and links to downtown businesses as well as orthophoto data for the Nanaimo region. We’re pleased to take a closer look at these cool applications taking advantage of the latest API’s made avvailable from Google. For some coll examples of what the city is doing check out the full article at http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/6647/28/. This is a very cool story of a city’s testing of the waters, so to speak. The applications are not a replacement of the city’s fine efforts to date in mainating an eccellent webmapping service. It is, however, an example of how the APIs can be used to extend the reach of their GIS.