Thursday, November 20, 2008

Live Training Seminars by works at ur workplace

ESRI Live Training Seminars: dont know if many of you know about this. These hour long virtual presentations are designed for those who want GIS training on a focused topic presented live by an ESRI technical expert.

Optioned with an interactive question and answer with the presenter and presented using the broadband connection to the Internet. These are free and need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to webcast.

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Some useful tips
1Test your connection

If you have never attended a live training seminar, please follow the steps below to ensure you can connect to the presentation. The seminar uses both Windows Media Player and Adobe Flash Player.
  • Go to
  • Log in with your ESRI global account. If you don't have an ESRI global account, click the Create New Account link. A global account is required in order to attend the seminar.
  • The test presentation window will open in a new window and, in a few seconds, you should see slides and hear music. If you do not, use the resources in the left panel for assistance.

Attend the seminar
  • Go to
  • Click the Attend Seminar button. The button will be active approximately 30 minutes before the seminar’s scheduled start time.
  • Log in using your ESRI global account. The presentation window will open but it may take up to a minute for you to see the first slide.

See today : ( Match you time )

Editing in ArcGIS 9: Tips and Tricks III
Thursday, November 20, 2008
9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., & 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time (US & Canada)
12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., & 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US & Canada)
5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., & 11:00 p.m. UTC/GMT

Monday, November 17, 2008

Poverty Data

The Sedac Ciesin Global Distribution of Poverty site is one of the best portals for downloading poverty related geodata.
The Global Poverty Mapping Project seeks to enhance current understanding of the global distribution of poverty and the geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor live. Here you can find poverty related data in shp, xls and csv format or create your own map online.

The global data sets include:

Infant Mortality Rates

Malnutrition (underweight children), all translated to a common quarter-degree grid.

The sub national data includes:

Small Area Estimate: Consumption-based poverty and inequality measures and related data for subnational administrative units in: Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Poverty & Food Security Case Studies: Poverty and food security measures for subnational administrative units in: Mexico, Ecuador, Kenya, Malawi, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Unsatisfied Basic Needs: Measures of unmet basic needs for subnational administrative units of numerous countries in Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.

On the top menu click on "Datasets" and choose if you want information (data in xls format), global data (either shp or xls of all country level data) or click on national data. Here, you can download poverty data according to subnational administrative units for each country, in shp format. You can also customize this dataset and then download it in csv format.

If you don't have GIS software, click on "maps" on the main menu and either download existing poverty maps or create your own by navigating to the Sedac Map Client.

The Poverty Mapping Project at CIESIN (The Center for International Earth Science Information Network) at the Earth Institute at Columbia University is funded by the World Bank’s Japan Policy and Human Resource Development (PHRD) Fund.

This Project was a partnership between CIESIN, the World Bank, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University and was undertaken in 2004-2005.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

UNEP Geo Data Portal

Looking for environmental data? The UNEP Data Portal is a great place to start. In all, there are over 1400 datasets available on the webpage. You can retrieve this data in various formats such as shp, graphs, lists and maps.

Just click on the link above and go to the "search" in the middle of the page. If you leave the search field blank and click "search" you will get the entire dataset. Try typing in things like "fish catch" or "reef" for more specific data overviews. Click the "Preview" button for a map quicklook.
After you select your data, you will be prompted to define time period and format. It´s as easy as that.

If you use the data remember to check the metadata for acknowledgment purposes.