The third edition of the Geoinformatics magazine has arrived, with some interesting topics. Eric Van Rees surprises us in a short editorial entry, after his impressions in the Globalgeo Barcelona, where he says he was motivated to write a special article -That sure will see soon- on the positioning that Open Source Software has in the geospatial market. Then in the pages 22-23 explains in more detail, although some time ago we see your interest in open technologies and approach to Hispanic initiatives, have impressions of their level are important to create greater awareness of what we know, but that we must sustain in the incursion that projects like the FOSS4G have had. It is not so important that we hear what we are already involved in this, but the decision makers at the level of private companies, governments and companies that market equipment and proprietary software of recognized brands.
There is a whole article about the tendencies that Bentley hopes to materialize with BentleyMap and the exploitation of I-models. Three full pages dedicated what could be the vision that large companies of geospatial software have in the niche that means integrating large cities into three-dimensional models where, rather than texturizing parallelograms, it is sought to link the different variables of sustainability and territorial ordering to the framework of infrastructures .
I remember the subject from Baltimore, with the emphasis on infrastructure, that link created by man to interact with nature. But the spirit is not in analyzing the objects individually -What is already done- but as a whole and trying to convert into algorithms the complex relationships that exist in all its network and the variables of the fourth dimension: time and its relation to value.
It is an astral topic for our Hispanic countries, where the priorities are other, almost all because of the customs of our politicians -Because someone has to be blamed-. But seeing what Helsinki will build in Finland, Montreal in Canada and Rotterdam in the Netherlands will be useful to test and systematize what we will push a few years later with much less money, in another context. The gain is in the trends, systematized models or at least based on OGC standards that will respect the Open Source programs and those privative that do not sin of arrogance when they refer to the BIM concept.
But we should not dismiss them as issues that do not apply to our contexts. Cities must consider land use with greater priority, the use of land becomes important not only to display a beautiful painted map. The impact of the population explosion on environmental pollution and gas emissions, its relationship with climate changes, natural disasters and increasingly limited sustainable natural resources must be considered.
Geomarketing and Google for GIS
This is another interesting article based on an irreversible trend that takes what was initially known as Clearinghouse, now more mature with the broad approach of SDIs. Voyager is a solution that seeks to solve the spatial data management by facilitating access through easy searches and interaction operations for different levels of CAD / GIS users.
I recommend that you take a look, because Google could surely be walking there. For now Google Maps and Google Earth are there, but they are only spatial data viewers; all web pages, blogs and documents are still looking for in an abstract form from the Google form, with the input of social networks added another data bank that are people. But the idea of looking for things with respect to a specific geographic quadrant remains a great need and Travel Is one of those who aspire to offer something beyond this.
Will the satellites die on 2012?
Some time ago I recommended watching the movie Knowing, science fiction something absurd, but based on scientific studies that predict that 2012 will be the year where the sunspot cycle will reach its maximum peak in the era when we have copado the space of satellites. The film 2012 joins with another less creative approach and on the other hand the interpretations of the Mayan calculations that could not even predict their destruction now take up strength and add to that bad taste of the gringo cinema to keep people in a stress for the fatalities
Well, as is known, many satellites that are now space junk have been damaged by solar explosions. And the fatality has taken the hair of several, who mention that for 2012 could damage the entire constellation of satellites that now allow us to use GPS. Another Y2K that little will stress us, but think about air navigation, the application to land transport, maritime, armament ... in short. If the subject takes it further and they say that the satellites that make the Internet work, if we turn the guts on everyone ... imagine a week without access to everything we have in the email, uf! better, I do not think so.
It closely resembles the conspiracy attributed to the Program HAARP. But I recommend you take a look at the article where the advances of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) are discussed.
I recommend going to the site and reading the edition; preferably download it as PDF for your collection, lest the 17 of 2012 may not be accessible via Internet, XD. Later there are other smokes that involve ESRI, Intergraph, Leica and Bentley.
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