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SpatialNews Daily Industry News Headlines... Attack On America, September 11, 2001

Photo by Andrea Booher/ FEMA News PhotoSpatialNews and The GeoCommunity, like all of you, have been deeply touched by the latest acts of war and terrorism that have taken place here in the United States of America. We are pleased to provide an archive of news, information, and related resources that have come out of the GIS/LBS Community as a result of this tragedy. Please feel free to suggest additions to this section or share your stories with the Community by contacting

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  • More Afghan & Surrounding area weblinks
    Afghanistan Data: We asked the GIS Community for advice where one could find GIS data products & maps for Afghanistan. The following is a summary of the results, along with numerous other data resources that have been submitted to us. View Summary Here

    The Geospatial Industry's Response To Terrorism

    Details Here Afghanistan Geographic Information Resources - This Web portal has been developed to help agencies involved in providing aid to Afghanistan find important information such as climate data, maps, geographic data, and links to various organizations involved in relief efforts. Supported by ESRI (Added 01.31.02)

    Details Here WTC 360º birds-eye view - What is it like to be in the middle of the devastation left by the wake of the September 11th attacks? For the month of January National Geographic brings the Ground Zero experience home through a 360º birds-eye view. With secured permission from the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) photographer Andrea Booher mounted a Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera atop a crane situated amid the ruins of the World Trade Center. For 24 hours in late November, the camera, on the arm of a cherry picker with a 100-foot reach, was equipped with a fish-eye lens enabling it to take 180º pictures of the site. Ipix software then turned these series of pictures into a "virtual reality bubble", allowing its viewers to take a 360º look around the rubble, the buildings surrounding the site and its neighboring areas. Thanks again to NGS for informing of about another cool resource! (Added 10.01.02)

    Details Here Telemorphic Launches Free Afghanistan Web Mapping Site - Maplicity Powers New Interactive Web-based GIS and Satellite Image Visualization Service. (11.02.01)

    Details Here SpatialNews Update - US Military Purchases Exclusive Rights to Ikonos Imagery Over Operation Enduring Freedom. Space Imaging also offers media a chance to purchase first "post strike" imagery. (10.17.01) updated Oct 19

    Details Here Afghanistan DEMs - Follow the latest international developments with these DEMs and DEM overlays of north central Afghanistan from the author of the "Terrain Modeling and Mapping using DEM, SDTS, DRG, DLG and DTED Data" website.(10.18.01)

    Details Here NOAA Remote Sensing Expertise Aids WTC Recovery Efforts - NOAA's National Geodetic Survey and Aircraft Operations Center mapped the wreckage of the World Trade Center in support of recovery and cleanup efforts following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. More details provided by NOAA. (10.08.01)

    Details Here GIS Database Developed for New York WTC Recovery Efforts - the GeoCommunity editor takes a look at the development of a GIS database being used in the disaster recovery efforts.(10.04.01)

    Details Here Autodesk and Its Employees Join In Relief Efforts - Matching Funds up to $100,000 Earmarked for Families of Fire and Police Officials; Replacement of Software to Help Reestablish Customers’ Business Operations . (09/25/01)

    Details Here EarthData - From 5,000 Feet Up, Mapping Terrain for Ground Zero Workers. The resulting pictures show craters that drop at least 30 feet below street level. A corner of a jagged wall is what remains of the 110-story south tower. Even less sticks up from the site of the north tower.(09/23/01)

    Details Here - Mapping agency blocks access, postpones outsourcing pact. (09/26/01)

    Details Here New Jersey Institute of Technology - NJIT Global Positioning System Aiding Twin Tower Recovery. (09/26/01)

    Details Here GlobeXplorer, Inc. - GlobeXplorer Updates Aerial Imagery Of Disaster Locations On Its Website. (09/25/01)

    Details Here Intergraph's Response and Recovery Efforts - As a company, Intergraph is supporting response and recovery efforts in New York City, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. This document provided to us by Intergraph gives you an idea of Intergraph's involvement in the disaster recovery process. (09/21/01)

    Details Here News From PlanGraphics, Inc. - The folks at PlanGraphics have informed us that the City of New York is a client of theirs. On wed AM we made a number of recommendations to NYC on how to utilize their GIS with search rescue etc and many were taken. Since then 4-5 staff have been on site at Command Center working with NYC. PlanGraphics maintains an office a couple of blocks from the WTC site.

    Details Here A Letter to the GIS Community from ESRI ESRI and its business partners are engaged in a number of efforts to assist New York, Washington, D.C., and various federal agencies as they recover from the devastating events of September 11th. These efforts include providing software, hardware, data, and services.

    Details Here National Institute of Justice - Due to the tragic events of the past week, the National Institute of Justice has decided to extend the due dates for a number of solicitations. Included is the "Crime Mapping Research: Funding for Spatial Data Analysis" solicitation. The original due date of September 17th, 2001 has now been extended to November 19, 2001. For a complete list of solicitation extensions, please see the NIJ Funding page.

    Details Here i-cubed offers free imagery and 3-d building data of disaster sites

    Details Here Interactive Relief and Rescue Map Aids in NYC Response -- An interactive Relief and Rescue Map of Manhattan ( has made rapidly changing information easily available to those involved in emergency operations in NYC. Posted within 48 hours of the attack, the map features locations and links for information such as hospitals, missing persons, blood donation centers, closed roads, telephone and electrical outages, grief counseling centers, relief organizations, and areas left damaged by the attack.

    Details Here FEMA GIS Maps - FEMA has made available a number of maps depicting the affected areas pre and post attack. Included are county maps, field offices, redistricting, and other related data products.

    Details Here Space Imaging Releases NEW IKONOS Images of Manhattan

    Details Here Images of Infamy: World Trade Center September 11, 2001 from SPOT Imaging

    Details Here CAD World Bids Farewell To 3 - BCT Technology lost 3 of their members in the tragedy; Heinrich Kimmig President & CEO, Klaus Bothe Director Development, and Wolfgang Menzel Director Human Resources were on one of the hijacked flights

    Details Here 2001 Bentley International User Conference Cancelled - As a result of the tragic circumstances in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, Bentley today made a decision to cancel the Bentley International User Conference. Bentley CEO Greg Bentley sent the following letter to conference attendees.

    Details Here The People's Geography Clearinghouse - This informative website has developed an area that addresses the roots and consequences of the devastation in New york from a Geographer's perspective.

    Details Here Final flight path of aircrafts that crashed into World - from USA Today

    Details Here Nextel Donates phones to relief efort - Nextel plans to loan another 6,500 phones, for a total of 12,000 phones, to assist the relief efforts. Government and relief agencies needing to request Nextel phones should make a request via email at

    "We have all been shocked and saddened by the terrorist attacks. As a company, we want to express our condolences to those who have suffered so terribly, and we also want to unite behind those who must now deal with the aftermath." Jim Taylor, Intergraph CEO

    Spatial Data Of Interest:

    New York State GIS Clearinghouse

    Free New York GIS Data From

    Washington DC GIS Data From

    StateWide Digital Ortho Photography

    Cornell University data repository

    Community Cartography - The Subscription Mapping Service and Data Warehouse for the New York Metropolitan Region

    Census Bureau, New York Regional Office

    Cornell University Geospatial Data Clearinghouse

    New York Census Profiles

    NY State DOT GIS Department

    New York Spatial Data Clearinghouse

    New York GIS Data Clearinghouse

    Other Resources:

    GIS at the Adirondack Park Agency

    Long Island GIS User Group

    National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

    NYS Office of Real Property Services GIS

    New York Geology Resource Page

    New York State Metadata Repository

    USGS Digital Data Status for New York

    New York State Website

    USGS in New York

    Charitable Donations

    The American Liberty Partnership

    Twin Towers Orphan fund - Checks or payments can be made to "Twin Tower Orphan Fund," in care of Family-to-Family Mentoring, 900 22nd St., Bakersfield, Calif. 93301. A tax-deductible receipt will be provided. This is a program of Garden Pathways Inc., a 501c3 organization. Annual audits are available upon request. . A Website has been created to accept donations by credit cards at To make donations by telephone, donors please can call (661) 633-9076, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time.
    Official US Government website in response to Attack
    Washington Post Images and Graphics
    Diagram of World Trade Center(PDF)
    Manhattan Chamber Of Commerce
    Visit NY City

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