Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Google Earth Engine API : An ambitious Project

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A highly ambitious project by Google, Google Earth Engine, will be launch by  the end of 2011. This project is using high resolution images from more than 30 earth observing satellites such as Landsat, MODIS, IKONOS, QuicBird etc to build global archive of atmospheric corrected data sets. According to Earth Engine team, these archives will be"available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the earth's surface" in a cloud computing platform. 

Currently, this project is in testing phase with limited  access to few groups of partner including CLASlite and IMAZON.  Let us wait and see how far they can go !!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cloud-based GIS application : ESRI Community Analyst

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Community Analyst includes demographic, health, economic, education, and business data variables to help users develop informed strategies for policy creation and critical resource allocation. Decisions such as matching health care clinics to areas with the greatest need or allocating infrastructure funding for maximum community impact can now be made and supported using customizable reports and maps more.

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