A collection of various GIS related links, information and other GIS blogs.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Web-based Help Gateway - ESRI Support: "Web-based Help Overview ESRI provides Web-based help systems for the products listed below. Web-based help is an up-to-date version of the help system that was shipped with the product; new information has been added and existing topics have been updated as necessary. If you can't find what you're looking for in the help system that shipped with your product, try looking here." This is your one stop for access to web-help for ArcGIS Desktop (9.1 and 9.2), ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Server, ArcIMS and ArcWeb Services.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Earthwatch and Starbucks Benefit Coffee Farmers in Costa Rica: -- and use GIS to help do it! Newswise — Earthwatch Institute, the world’s leading environmental volunteer organization, and Starbucks Coffee Company are proud to announce the extension of their partnership that brings Starbucks partners (employees) and customers together on Earthwatch environmental expeditions. The 2007 project will focus on conducting scientific research designed to benefit a cooperative of 2,600 coffee farms in Costa Rica. Partners and customers with a taste for adventure can participate in this different kind of Starbucks Experience, at the source of the bean, and do good deeds for the environment. This summer, eight partners and 20 customers will have a chance to join special Earthwatch expeditions at CoopeTarrazĂș, a coffee cooperative in central Costa Rica. These Earthwatch volunteer teams will use GIS (Geographic Information System) technology to provide a broad scale analysis of factors important to a farmer – including soil erosion and water quality. This program is the first component of Starbucks’ $1.1 million, three-year commitment, representing the growing partnership with the Earthwatch Institute that began in 2000.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

ArcGIS Online - free base data, anywhere in the world! Don't have some base data? Just starting your GIS and only have a few layers? Working on a project outside of your regular area? For these and many other reasons you should be interested in ArcGIS Online. These are high-performance 2D and 3D web services and layerfiles for direct access by ArcMap, ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGlobe, ArcReader or ArcCatalog. These data services will continue to be enhanced and will be updated as new data become available - so you no longer have to worry about keeping your base data up to date!