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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.

Why Geocoding is Critical for Businesses

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Directions Magazine offers a generic but examples-filled article named “Connecting the Dots: Why Geocoding is Critical for Businesses”. The conclusion: “Businesses require the highest level of accurate locational information available. Using geocoding technology can help a business answer fundamental questions, such as: What is the geographic area we serve? Are our sales territories and client clusters properly aligned? What are missed or overlooked areas where potential clients might exist? By geocoding client data you can see patterns emerge and create new opportunities for businesses. Utilizing a geocoding solution can help businesses strengthen customer relationships, improve profitability and increase effectiveness – all of which are critical in expanding business in a down economy.

Geeky & Green: Avego Takes Rideshare High Tech

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Noe Sacoco Jr writes “With high gas prices, traffic and under-investment in public transportation, finding a solution is on the minds of most Americans. Introduced this month, Mapflow’s Avego aims to turn private cars into public transit.

Combining real time data location and the ubiquity of the iPhone, Avego matches wasted seat capacity—those seats which are unoccupied—to passengers, reducing commute costs for all participants. The free iPhone application, set to be launched in beta at the end of October, can also work at a feeder to public transportation authorities and corporate campuses.” See also Spatial Sustain’s recent coverage of Avego.