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Successful Launch for 3 GLONASS-M Satellites and GIOVE-B Offline

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Last week, the SatNav blog informed us three GLONASS-M satellites have been successfully launched by Russia.

From the entry: “If recent indications from the Russian government are anything to go by this will represent the first launch of many leading to the restoration of a 30 satellite constellation by 2011. Another launch of 3 satellites is planned for 2008, most likely on Christmas Day.

The same blog informs us GIOVE-B, GALILEO’s second test satellite, has been knocked offline by “space radiation”. From the BBC article: “This region of space is known to have a high intensity of fast moving particles that can disrupt spacecraft electronics. But the conditions are reasonably well understood, and engineers will want to know why Giove-B experienced the glitch. Giove-A is unaffected.

Routing With Open Standards and OpenStreetMap

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An innovative project, called OpenRouteService, shows how “volunteered geography” and OGC standards can be merged together. This project respond to the need for a “public-owned” routing service.
From the article: “OpenRouteService.org is the first routing service that uses OpenStreetMap data and provides those through the standardized interfaces specified by the OGC within the OGC Open Location Services initiative (OpenLS)“. This project has been implemented by the Research Group Cartography, Department of Geography, University of Bonn. The application works from Denmark to Italy.
See this article for more information. Update: 09/30 21:17 GMT by S : Fixed gignacnic summary’s source name.

Online Geospatial Courses

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As a followup on our three previous stories about online geospatial courses, earlier this month, Spatial Sustain shared an entry on new online GIS courses.

From the entry: “The Johns Hopkins University just announced five new online courses in GIS. The online certificate in GIS includes a GIS overview, remote sensing, introduction to spatial analysis, advanced GIS modeling and management of GIS projects. This latest online GIS course offering joins just a select few universities that offer online-only coursework.

I was also happily surprised to learn about iTunes U (“University”) offering several pertinent (and free) podcasts and videocasts, such as 20 hours of geospatial courses from Pennsylvania State University.

Location Summit 2.0: Swift Pitch Session

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Simmi Sinha writes Location Summit 2.0 is introducing three-minute Swift Pitch session. In this session developers will pitch their LBS applications to the industry executives in attendance at the Summit at the end of each track. The objective is to offer developers an opportunity to showcase their applications and services and to spark compelling discussions among the audience of leading global location industry executives. The presentation will demonstrate the benefits of using location to enhance the daily lives of individuals and enterprises. It will feature the innovative LBS products and technologies in beta or on the market today.

The entries for presentation will be judged and evaluated on the level of innovation, features & benefits to the end-user and impact on the market. Each selected candidate will present for 3 minutes with 2 minutes Q&A from the audience. There will be 1 Grand Prize Winner.

Categories For Presentation

* Consumer Applications
* Enterprise Applications
* GenX Applications”

gvSIG Metadata Prototype is Now Available in gvSIG

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Virtual News Office, gvSIG Project writes “The gvSIG metadata prototype is now available. The aim of this prototype is to make catalogation of geospatial information easier, providing gvSIG with some specific features. First of all, it allows us to extract automatically some metadata from the data source (only from shapefiles right now). Secondlly it has an editor that allows us to complete the rest of the metadata. And finally we´ll be able to publish the metadata on a catalog server (only on Geonetwork right now). It is available in the Extensions section of the web page. Advice: To install this extension you must have correctly installed gvSIG 1.1.x version.”

gvSIG has been mentioned regularly. See also related stories below.