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GlobCover Version 2 Global 300m LULC Released

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An important land use land cover global dataset was released this week, the ESA’s GlobCover Global LC version 2 at a spatial resolution of 300m.

Amongst the highlights: “The GlobCover Land Cover product is the highest resolution (300 meters) Global Land Cover product ever produced.
The GlobCover Land Cover product is based on ENVISAT MERIS data at full resolution from January 2005 to June 2006.
The GlobCover Land Cover product has been developed in partnership with EEA, FAO, GOFC-GOLD, IGBP, JRC and UNEP.
The GlobCover Land Cover product is labelled according to the UN Land Cover Classification System.

Be careful, the product description and some webpages have not been updated yet but should be very soon.

We discussed GlobCover in the past. Our Land Use topic may also be of interest.

Geospatial Solutions Launch a Geo-Wikipedia

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From the Geospatial Solutions web site: “We’re excited to announce the launch of the Geospatial Solutions Wiki — an interactive resource created by the geospatial community. This dynamic encyclopedia comprises information about the people and technologies involved in mapping, remote sensing, location, and geographic information systems (GIS). Whether you’re a student or a professional, a novice or an industry veteran, this is your place to learn and share — what knowledge can you contribute?” See this Geospatial Solutions Wiki home page to contribute: http://wiki.geospatial-solutions.com/

OGC Spatial Data Quality Survey Released

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Vector One provides a followup the OGC survey on spatial data quality, mentioned last year.

The results of the survey can be found here [pdf]. From V1’s entry: “– Smaller companies (less than 20 people) are most keenly interested in data quality, followed by large companies. Medium sized are last.

– Spatial data quality impacts 46% of projects currently with end-user’s feeling most impacted.

– People want consistent results.

– 80% of people store data digitally (but 20% are still on paper).”

IP Addresses Geolocation

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APB links to a Wall Street Journal article on IP addresses geolocation. See also these two previous stories.

From the article: “Still, geolocation technology won’t pinpoint Web visitors’ locations beyond the city level, which won’t satisfy advertisers seeking to target potential customers by neighborhood or street. “That might be the next forefront people might try to push toward,” says Dane Walther, director of custom engineering at Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies Inc., which has a geolocation product. “There’s certainly interest from marketers, who always want to get as detailed, as local as they can.”
[…] Marie Alexander, Quova’s chief executive, says one manufacturer told her that it has found a transaction to be fraudulent in 73% of cases where the state in the credit-card billing address doesn’t match the state associated with the IP address. “It’s a huge savings to pull those [transactions] out,” she says.

4th gvSIG Conference – Registration Period is Open

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News Office. gvSIG Project writes “Opened the registration period for the 4th gvSIG Conference, organized by the Regional Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (CIT). They will be celebrated from 3rd to 5th December 2008 in the Valencia Conference Centre, and the Open Geospatial Consortium Meeting (1st to 5th December) and the Eclipse Day (2nd December) event will be celebrated at the same time. Registrations are free of cost (limited capacity) and must be done through the application form on the Conference web page (http://www.jornadasgvsig.gva.es/ingl/boletindeins cripcion/). Registration requests made by e-mail, telephone or fax will not be attended.

Once the registration is done you will immediatelly receive a confirmation code. Please, keep this code for later consultations or for update the registration data.

At the end of the conferences the participants, including present public, will receive an Participation Certificate.”