According to Ron Lake, the openness, expressiveness and flexibility of GML can be made available everywhere, erasing the boundaries between CAD and GIS. Together with GMLJP2, it can provide a unified framework for imagery and vector data alike.
The Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, is extraordinarily active in applying GIS to conservation-ecology research. It's the largest department on campus and consists of different research interest groups (RIGs), of which the Ecology RIG is the largest.
Knowing how Open Data is being used makes it easier to build a business case for allocating resources and continuing to expand and support the Open Data portal, writes Jonathan Mark. It also makes it easier to provide data in useful ways to consumers.
In the Canadian province of Ontario, the forest sector provides thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to its economy, so a Forest Resources Inventory (FRI) must be created and maintained for any area under forest management.
In light of the current political circus, Joseph Berry thought a bit of reflection is in order on how GIS has impacted the geographic stage for the spectacle—literally drawing lines in the sand. Since the 1990 census, GIS has been used extensively to "redistrict" electoral territories in light of population changes, thereby fueling the decennial turf wars between Democrats and Republicans.
Maintaining the UK's green spaces is predicted to deliver £30 billion in health and welfare benefits alone, but failing to maintain such a valuable resource would cost an estimated £20 billion each year.
Conservation issues moved from an altruistic side of Todd Danielson's life this year to immediate, urgent and dangerous forms. In case you haven't seen the news, Colorado and many of the western/mountain states are under severe drought conditions, and new forest fires are breaking out seemingly daily.
With a wild population lower than the occupancy of the average downtown high-rise hotel, Sumatran tigers are a severely threatened species. A new study that combines existing GIS datasets with land-use and habitat information gathered on the ground has determined where tigers live and the conditions that could save them.