Monthly Archives: September 2005

Canadian National Road Network File available

The 2006 Census Dissemination Project is pleased to announce the official release of the* 2005 Road Network File* (92-500-XWE). The 2005 Road Network File (RNF) is the first official release from the 2006 Census Geography suite of products and services. The RNF is a digital representation of Canada’s national road network, containing information such as street names, type, direction and address ranges. See

Learning About Earth via Global Connection using Google Earth

Global Connection is a joint project of Google, National Geographic, NASA, and Carnegie Mellon University. The project’s long-term goal is to help us learn about and meet our neighbors across this globe, and learn about our planet itself. The project is working with the Google Earth browser to develop some very innovative apps. To date projects have included Hurricane Katrina mapping, Integrating National Geographic data with Google Earth, and a project called GigaPan. See more info at

USGS move to Denver hardly a done deal – what about Missouri or Virginia?

In a letter to USGS acting director Patrick Leahy, Missouri senator Christopher Bond has penned his frustration add intention to not accept the USGS’ recent decision to consolidate offices in Denver, CO. Bond questions why Denver was selected over Rolla, Missouri and Reston, Virgina. He also suggests that the “hodgepodge” of site selection criteria listed on the USGS website does not provide any conclusions nor does it explain or justify why Denver was selected. This is not a done deal… for additional info check out, see also the Rola Daily News –

GIS and GISCorps Respond to Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi – view the maps

Talbot J. Brooks, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies, Delta State University worked within MEMA, FEMA, and the rest of the alphabet soup to start GIS at the Jackson Emergency Operations Center. According to Brooks, the GIS Corps call for help came at his request. He has graciously shared his story of Hurricane Katrina, the role GIS played in the response, and the 27 August – 6 September time period…. in his words… he was “there”. Read on for a look at the response, some Q & A’s, and example maps and images from the GIScorps in Mississippi. See

Katrina maps and photos via open source tools

Tyler Mitchell (yes, the author of Web Mapping Illustrated) explains how an open standard’s-based Web Map Server (WMS) was prepared using the open source web mapping toolkit, MapServer, to serve up maps and imagery post hurricane Katrina. See details in Tyler’s weblog at

National Geographic layers and stories now for Google Earth

Google Earth CTO, Michael Jones has revealed details of the National Geographic layers that are now available in Google Earth. These Google Earth data layers that index National Geographic stories, images, journals, and even a live webcam in Africa. You can See Michael’s thread at

ESRI’s Hurricane Katrina Disaster Viewer Map Service

A new Web application, the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Viewer, is now available from ESRI to provide detailed information about areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The site allows the public, emergency responders, relief organizations, and others to locate an address or zoom to areas of interest and view areas declared “damaged” by FEMA, affected delivery areas for the U.S. More info about the app is now available at or you can jump directly to the application at