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VIA Develops Smart Road Safety Solutions using TatukGIS ASP.NET SDK


VIA Develops Smart Road Safety Solutions using TatukGIS ASP.NET SDK VIA, is a Netherlands-based ICT (Information Communications Technology) company focused on solutions that provide insight into road safety, stimulate efficient work processes, and bring together people and knowledge. VIA has used TatukGIS SDK products for its GIS development since 2004. Explains VIA head of research and development, Hugo Coppen: “Through the years we consistently pushed TatukGIS to its limits to create the most advanced solutions. Having previously used the TatukGIS Internet Server, VIA now develops using the TatukGIS Developer Kernel for ASP.NET edition (DK.ASPNET). With its built-in support for HTML5 and JavaScript technology, the DK.ASPNET makes implementing VIA solutions even easier and more efficient. The SDK integrates perfectly with ASP.NET and spatial databases like Microsoft SQL Server.”

What started with ViaStat, a single web-based traffic accident reporting & analysis solution, has now grown into a platform of integrated smart services and solutions. Today, VIA solutions are about much more than just reporting and analysing traffic accidents. All VIA solutions are GIS-based and offered as ‘Software as a Service’ (Saas), with data gathered and shared through Websites, iOS/Android Apps, and JavaScript-based widgets.

ViaStat Speed Profile data, aggregated by TomTom, is used to identify the location and timing of unsafe conditions. This enables road/traffic authorities to act preventively, to combat excessive speeding before accidents happen. ViaStat Reports, furthermore, enables citizens/road users to contribute reports of unsafe situations in a given geographical area, making road users an active participate in their own safety. Reports are collected via the Road Safety Report System (RSRS), an initiative of the Dutch Road Safety Association (Veilig Verkeer Nederland) in cooperation with VIA. In this way, citizens, police, and partner organisations work together to create effective solutions.

Using ViaStat InMaps, road maintenance, construction work, and other traffic-disturbing events can be visualised and regionally tuned. In the Netherlands, this data is automatically exchanged nationally through the National Data Warehouse for Traffic Information (NDW). The data can be communicated to citizens through the ViaStat InMaps App or an interactive map on a website.

Because of its wide range of solutions, VIA is using TatukGIS functionality more and more in back-end services, such as services that dynamically publish map tiles. When a citizen/road user reports an unsafe situation, the system knows which geo-features are affected and these tiles are updated. Governments and partner organizations present tiled data to citizens as maps visible on public websites or through free VIA Apps. On public websites, a JavaScript-based widget communicates with the tile-service and interacts by serving meta-data and graphs. With service providers, VIA solutions exchange (geo-) data using push-and pull-services. TatukGIS functionality is employed to perform server-side spatial selections, match geo-data to other sources, and convert data to exchange standards such as WKT, WKB, and GeoJSON.

VIA mobile Apps call services that use TatukGIS functionality to convert geo-data together with other data into a binary-format, which is downloaded and stored locally on the computing device. As long as the data on the server remains unchanged, the App uses the data stored on the mobile device. In this way, VIA solutions can handle a large number of users.

Another great TatukGIS DK (Enterprise edition) feature is support for spatial querying on advanced spatial databases such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Spatial, PostGIS, etc. This enables VIA solutions to take full advantage of complex spatial querying and generate maps on the fly. In this way, data analysis is done very quickly and dynamically.

Last but not least, an important VIA feature is dynamic generation of high definition images, including automated reports with maps and graphs. These reports can be downloaded as a Word or PDF document containing high definition images for printing. TatukGIS provides the server-side creation of perfect printable images for incorporation into final documents.

For more information about VIA road safety solutions, please refer to the VIA website.

For more information about the TatukGIS DK.ASPNET and other GIS SDK products, please click the link below.

Date June 9, 2014

OGC Academic Summit 2014 Call for Papers deadline extended


OGC Academic Summit 2014 Call for Papers deadline extended New submission deadline: 15 June 2014

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). After two decades, OGC standards have become a key enabler of geospatial interoperability, delivering significant societal, economic and scientific benefits by integrating digital location resources into commercial and institutional processes worldwide. Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, smartphones, UAVs, sensor networks and the Internet of Things offer new ways of collecting, accessing, and analysing geospatial information, generating ever increasing interest in the diffusion, usage, and processing of geo-referenced data. This rapidly expanding technology domain brings exciting new challenges and opportunities to many scientific disciplines and to the geospatial interoperability research community.

Paper submissions are welcome that describe cutting-edge, exciting new research to the OGC Academic Summit 2014. The OGC Academic Summit 2014 will provide a unique international forum in which to present and discuss progress and future directions of geospatial interoperability as it applies to computer science and to sciences in which geoprocessing has become an essential tool.

The OGC Academic Summit 2014 will be part of the September 15 to 19 2014 OGC Technical Committee Meeting to be held at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Academic Summit attendees will thus have an opportunity to network with OGC member representatives from around the world and participate directly in many working group and plenary sessions.

More information can be found on the OGC Academic Summit 2014 website.

Conference Date: 15 to 16 September 2014
Location: University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Date June 9, 2014

IJHG June 2014 edition available online

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IJHG June 2014 edition available online The following articles are now available on the International Journal of Health Geographics (IJHG) website. These can be accessed for free and include articles submitted to the Journal from 3 May to 4 June 2014.


A linear programming model for preserving privacy when disclosing patient spatial information for secondary purposes Jung HW and El Emam K.

Spatial heterogeneity of type I error for local cluster detection tests. Guttmann A, Li X, Gaudart J, Gérard Y, Demongeot J, Boire JY and Ouchchane L.


Modeling larval malaria vector habitat locations using landscape features and cumulative precipitation measures. McCann RS, Messina JP, MacFarlane DW, Bayoh MN, Vulule JM, Gimnig JE and Walker ED.

Global spatiotemporal and genetic footprint of the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Li R, Jiang Z and Xu B.

Prediction of high-risk areas for visceral leishmaniasis using socioeconomic indicators and remote sensing data. Almeida AS and Werneck GL.

Zoom in at African country level: potential climate induced changes in areas of suitability for survival of malaria vectors. Tonnang HEZ, Tchouassi DP, Juarez HS, Igweta LK and Djouaka RF.

Date June 9, 2014

GoogleMaps-like maps with OSM in QGIS

Raw Data GIS

GoogleMaps-like maps with OSM in QGIS OpenStreetMap data is simply amazing. It provides you with access to mapping data pretty much everywhere. But sometimes it is a bit difficult to apply styles to give you cartographically pleasing maps.

Fortunately, Anita Graser aka Underdark, has put together some style files that you can download and apply to your OSM data. Anita has also provided comprehensive instructions on how she created and applied the style files so that you can modify the styles.

The style files are available on GitHub

Date June 9, 2014

Esri Pledge $1 Billion to support STEM learning in US schools

Mapping Services GIS Resources for Teachers

Esri Pledge $1 Billion to support STEM learning in US schools Esri's CEO Jack Dangermond has pledged $1 billion dollars to help encourage students to learn STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects in US schools. The donation will see more than 100,000 elementary , middle and high schools across the US get free access to ArcGIS Online.

Dangermonds motivation lies in enthusing school children to explore technology and in helping teachers put together interesting and engaging lessons. Dangermond has stated that he himself was not a particularly great student at school. But when he discovered maps this changes and he has dedicated the rest of his life to mapping and spatial information. He now wants to afford the same opportunity to every school kid in the US.

This is a great idea and i hope that esri will also help teachers to realise the potential of the tools that they have been given and that esri will help them to create lessons that inspire the next generation of mappers.

Date June 4, 2014

Introductory R for Spatial Analysis - JUNE 2014

UK Programming GIS Learning Resource

Introductory R for Spatial Analysis - JUNE 2014 R is a powerful programming language originally designed for statistical analysis and visualisation. In recent years there has been rapid progress in R's spatial capabilities, however, allowing it to perform as an integrated tool for processing, modelling and mapping spatial datasets. This course will provide a solid introduction to these capabilities that will act as a foundation for further work. Based on the NCRM working paper "Introduction to visualising spatial data in R" the course will introduce R's way of 'seeing' spatial data in the 'sp' package. Frequent visualisation is key to R's philosophy and this will be demonstrated by heavy use of plots throughout, both in terms of R's base graphics and the 'ggplot2' package which makes creating beautiful plots a joy, once you have understood its underlying grammar.

Although the course is introductory, it will touch upon more advanced topics such as facet maps - useful for displaying time-series data - and heatmaps. It will also introduce the popular spatial packages including 'rgeos' and 'rgdal'. The course aims to demystify R and demonstrate how it can be an enjoyable tool to use. Used correctly, R will make a useful addition to the 'tool cabinet' of almost anyone dealing with spatial datasets.

When: 12th June 2014
Where: Leeds
Cost: £30 post-grads / £60 for Academic staff/researchers

Date June 4, 2014

Lecturer and 4 Researchers - CASA

Programming RS GIS Research

Lecturer and 4 Researchers - CASA CASA are looking to recruit a Lecturer in Smart Cities and 4 researchers. The 4 research positions are split with two Research Assistant posts on the Consumer Centred-Contextualised Approach to Retail Innovation (CAPRI) project and two Research Associate posts on the Morphology, Energy and Climate Change in the City (MECHANICITY) project.

The CAPRI and MECHANICITY projects are both funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Closing Dates

  • Lecturer in Smart Cities - Closing date 6th June 2014
  • Research Assistant CAPRI project: Mobile Application Developer Closing date 16th June 2014
  • Research Assistant CAPRI project: Research Analyst - Closing date 16th June 2014
  • Research Associate MECHANICITY project x2 - Closing date 27th June 2014

Further details are available for all the post through the link below.

Date June 4, 2014

MRes/PhD Studentship at CASA

UK Programming RS GIS Research

MRes/PhD Studentship at CASA Applicants are invited to apply for a fully funded studentship at CASA, consisting of one year MRes and three years PhD. The studentship will be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and will start in September 2014.

The successful candidate will complete either of CASA's Masters of Research in Smart Cities or the Masters of Research in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation (ASAV) in the first year. During the MRes year the successful applicant will formulate a research proposal centred around Agent-based Modelling and Urban Systems and apply for a PhD place at CASA. Both these MRes courses are designed to act as a pathway to a PhD.

CASA are looking for an outstanding candidate who will already have obtained a Bachelor’s degree at either a first or upper second level in an appropriate subject such as Geography, GIS, Urban Planning, Architecture, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Economics or a field related to the Built Environment, though other subjects will be considered if the candidate can demonstrate a keen interest in their personal statement.

The closing date for applications is 27th June 2014.

Date June 4, 2014

Environment Agency commit to support Open Data

UK GIS Raw Data

Environment Agency commit to support Open Data The Environment Agency (EA), the government body in charge of monitoring and protecting the environment in England and Wales, has announced that it will continue to support Open Data. The EA plans to release more of it's data as Open Data.

Part of this process is to set up focus groups to discuss which data would be most beneficial to the community. This group will be made up of external parties with an interest in the EA's data, current data customers and those with an Open Data background, along with input from Defra and EA. If you are interested in joining this group please send an email to: OpenData@environment-agency.gov.uk

The Environment Agency have already made the following data Open:

  • Flood Alert Areas
  • Flood Warning Areas
  • Flood Warnings (Live Feed)
  • Real-time and Near Real-time River Levels (Live Feed)
  • Real-time and Near Real-time Air Temperature (Live feed)
  • 3 day Flood Forecast (Live Feed)
  • Water Framework Directive (WFD) River Waterbodies
  • Water Framework Directive (WFD) Groundwater Classification Status and Objectives
  • Water Framework Directive (WFD) Measures

Date June 4, 2014

Doug Nebert (USGS/FGDC) dies in a private plane crash in Oregon

There are few details available about this tragic plane crash; a four year old girl also lost her life and another passenger was injured and taken to hospital.

In his letter to OGC members, Mark Reichardt, the President and CEO of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), best summarises Doug Nebert's contributions to the OGC, the FGDC and to the international spatial data community.

Dear OGC Members,

We lost a member of our OGC family over this past weekend. Doug Nebert died in a private plane crash in Oregon last weekend. Our hearts go out to Doug’s family at this time of terrible tragedy.

Involved actively in the OGC from the beginning, Doug was a familiar face, a brilliant mind, and a gracious individual. Doug chaired several working groups, contributed to countless OGC documents, and worked tirelessly to advance the vital components of Spatial Data Infrastructure at all levels of government, not only in the USA on behalf of the US Federal Geographic Data Committee, but around the world. He was a recognized expert on all things geospatial, and was well known for his expertise in metadata and catalogs. Doug was also a member of a small group of insightful OGC members who in the late 1990’s helped establish what has become today’s OGC Interoperability Program.

In 2005, Doug received OGC’s highest award, the Kenneth D. Gardels Award for his significant personal and professional contributions to advancing the OGC community, and for his leadership in advancing geospatial interoperability and open standards globally.

Most importantly, Doug was known as a dear friend and cherished member of the OGC family. He will be sorely missed

There is only this news story (link below) about the accident and assume more information will be released as National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigate.

Date June 3, 2014
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