Student Contest GoGeo 09 (05.06.2009)
Geodata can be used in a lot of applications, yet so far only a few of them have been realized. BICC.NET and “Runder Tisch GIS e.V.” place their hopes on students to discover new application possibilities and therefore announce the ideas contest “GoGeo 09” (www.gogeo09.de).
GAF AG supports the contest with satellite- and land-use data.
GoGeo 09 is running since June 1, 2009. Students from Germany, Austria and Switzerland can participate – independent of their faculty and previous knowledge concerning Geodata.
Until July 31, 2009 ideas regarding Geodata can be handed in. Inspiration is offered on the contest website www.gogeo09.de, where a multiplicity of Geodata of the “GoGeo 09” partners, which can be used for the contest, is being displayed.
From August 16 to November 30 2009 the best ideas will be realized. The winners are awarded with €3.500 cash and goods prizes. We’re looking forward to a lot of participants!
Euro-Maps Land Cover (20.05.2009)
GAF AG, one of the European leaders in geo-information technology, announces the mid-term milestone for the production of a national land use and land cover data set. The raster data product will be available in summer 2009.
Land use and land cover data are useful for many business and research applications. They enable regional planning activities, the set-up and management of mobile telecommunication networks and facilitate environmental mapping and monitoring. At present only very few and outdated data sets matching high quality customer criteria are readily available. To meet this growing demand, GAF had decided in early 2009 to launch the production of Euro-Maps LC, based on recent, multi-spectral IRS-P6 Resourcesat-1 LISS-III satellite data dating mostly from 2007/2008. An object-oriented production chain and fully quality controlled, interactive mapping procedures are combined to create a homogeneous product, featuring 22 object classes with a minimum mapping unit of 0.25 ha and a minimum 90% accuracy in each object class. The data set will be marketed using a staggered license model adapted to corporate and public authorities.
Mrs. Regine Richter, Head of Land Use Applications at GAF AG, states: “According to our market assessment, Euro-Maps LC is indeed unique regarding thematic accuracy, thematic precision and homogeneity. It is the fruit of 20 years workflow development and an accumulated experience of 2 million km² mapping at 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 scales. In combination with a high positional accuracy Euro-Maps LC can be utilized for many purposes either as stand-alone product or in combination with other data like e.g. Euro-Maps 2D and the soon available Euro-Maps 3D.”