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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 244

Posts Tagged ‘mapping’

Torino Mapping Party

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 marzo 2021

Torino. Mercoledì 10 marzo, dalle ore 15.30 alle ore 18.30, si svolgerà l’edizione 2021 del Torino Mapping Party, un evento pubblico che coinvolgerà volontari, mappatori esperti o semplici cittadini nell’aggiornamento e integrazione delle mappe di OpenStreetMap, un progetto di mappatura collaborativa con l’obiettivo comune di mettere a disposizione dati geografici liberi, componente fondamentale dei servizi di infomobilità Muoversi a Torino e Muoversi in Piemonte. Quella di quest’anno sarà un’edizione speciale e virtuale, un “mapathon” che si svolgerà completamente on-line. Il tema sarà “Collaborative mapping for a better living”, per mettere alla portata di tutti nuovi strumenti digitali, utili a conoscere meglio il territorio in cui vive, si lavora o si viaggia. L’evento è patrocinato da Città metropolitana di Torino, Città di Torino, Regione Piemonte ed è organizzato da 5T e ITHACA con la collaborazione di Wikimedia Italia, OpenStreetMap Italia e Politecnico di Torino con il Dipartimento di Architettura e Design (DAD) e il Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio (DIST). La partecipazione è libera e gratuita fino ad un massimo di 50 partecipanti. Non è necessaria alcuna precedente esperienza con OpenStreetMap o con particolari tecniche di mappatura. Le iscrizioni sono aperte fino a domenica 7 marzo sulla pagina dedicata di Eventbrite e prima dell’evento, saranno inviate ai partecipanti le istruzioni necessarie per accedere alla piattaforma e le modalità di partecipazione.

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Christie’s Milan presents Mapping Modern and Contemporary Art

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 gennaio 2021

On online auction running from 20 January to 10 February 2021. Building on the concept of The Grand Tour, an educational visit through Europe and beyond, which took place in the 17th- and 18th-century, Christie’s has curated a sale, mapping modern and contemporary art from across Italy, including works by international artists who have been inspired by the country, have lived and worked in Italy for a period of time or have been strongly inspired by Italian culture.At the time, the Grand Tour would normally start from Turin and Milan, to proceed to Florence spending months at the Uffizi Gallery, famously showcasing in one space masterpieces of High Renaissance art and Roman sculpture. After a side trip to Pisa, the tourists would move on to Padua, Bologna and Venice. The travellers would continue to Rome to study the ancient ruins as well as paintings, sculptures, and architecture from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Some travellers also visited Naples and beyond to the main islands, Sicily and Sardinia.Some 300 years later, Christie’s will conduct a similar virtual tour through Italy by offering works by artists from the main regions, amongst them some very well-known and culturally influential spots and some others still to be discovered by the international audience.

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Mapping of the “homogeneous microzones” of the faults activated by the earthquake of 26 December 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 settembre 2020

On December 26, 2018, an earthquake of magnitude Mw 4.9 affected the south-eastern flank of Etna, causing extensive damage to the urban areas of nine Etna municipalities.
At the instigation of the Extraordinary Commissioner designated by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers for the reconstruction of the Etna area, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) has made available the experience of highly specialized researchers in geo-structural survey and territorial planning of active volcano-tectonic areas, for the development of a static and interactive map (WebGIS) of the “homogeneous microzones” of the Etnean faults activated by the 2018 earthquake, published in recent days by the Commissioner (
The map is the result of the work of a team of experts coordinated by Marco Neri, INGV researcher in command at the Commissioner Structure, and also composed of geologists from the Civil Engineering Department of Catania and the Invitalia Agency. The map identifies both the faults that were activated during the earthquake, and the areas of greatest seismic danger in the territory, distinguishing them in Zones of Attention (ZAFAC), Zones of Susceptibility (ZSFAC) and Zones of Respect (ZRFAC).
The team of researchers and professionals identified by the Commissioner worked by comparing the geostructural land surveys with the numerous studies (aerial photogrammetric, geophysical, satellite) published in national and international scientific journals and also making use of the data acquired by the specialized group EMERGEO of the INGV. All the phases of the study were shared with the National Civil Protection Department and the Sicilian Region.
“This experience was particularly important”, declared Carlo Doglioni, President of INGV, “since scientific research has been literally ‘applied’ to the territory, translating into an understandable form some extremely complex study activities conducted by the INGV, offering them to the whole population with implications of great public utility”.
“This is an important and essential result for the Commissioner Structure and for the population affected by the earthquake, as it allows for the rapid and safe reconstruction of the territory affected by the earthquake”, declared Commissioner Salvatore Scalia. “People are aware of the geo-volcanological and seismic danger of Etna, but the earthquake of December 26, 2018, unlike other events in the past, also produced a striking ‘superficial faulting’ of the territory that it was possible to map with precision. These are real cracks in the ground that have also spread to urbanized areas, seriously damaging them”, continued Marco Neri.In these cases, therefore, for an optimal management of the territory, it is necessary to take into account not only the “shaking” generated by the earthquake but, also, to consider the existence of surface fractures that have produced a permanent deformation of the soil and which therefore affect the choices to be made in planning the reconstruction.
For the best possible knowledge and dissemination of the results achieved by the important work, the map has been published on the Commissioner’s website and some contents have been digitized, simplified and made available also through a WebGIS application and a graphic processing of immediate understanding and easily accessible by any IT support, including common smartphones. The WebGIS allows you to “navigate” on the territory by choosing between different types of geographical display, highlighting the faults and dangerous areas and identifying the position of a specific site of interest, such as your home, simply by typing its address in the appropriate box of the app.The interactive map will eventually be updated as the further results of the geological and geophysical investigations envisaged by the Commissioner are acquired for each individual application for the reconstruction contribution. “The map is important both for the management of the current phase of reconstruction of the earthquake areas and for the future territorial planning of the sites concerned”, concluded Commissioner Scalia.

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Mall of America Selects Jibestream as New Indoor Mapping Provider

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 marzo 2019

Jibestream, the premier indoor mapping platform provider, announced today that Mall of America (MOA), the largest shopping and entertainment destination in North America, is leveraging the Jibestream platform to power and manage their indoor maps.
Jibestream was selected to remap the 5.6 million square foot facility for use in the mall’s mobile app, web directory, and onsite directory kiosks. With Jibestream’s digital maps, MOA offers visitors exceptional experiences including the ability to quickly locate and navigate to their destination with landmark based directions. The Jibestream platform also empowers administrators to independently implement map adjustments in real-time, saving them valuable time while ensuring visitors are getting the most accurate and relevant information across all platforms.“Jibestream is a robust platform that gives developers the flexibility to create and maintain tailored map-enabled solutions using our web-based CMS, APIs and SDKs. Our technology agnostic architecture provides interoperability with third-party systems and data, making it possible for clients like MOA to leverage their existing infrastructure,” said Dave Johnson, Vice President of Sales at Jibestream. “Not only does this create a truly connected environment, it ensures that our clients are able to maximize their existing investment.” “It quickly became apparent that the Jibestream platform offered amazing flexibility and ability to integrate with our own systems to save us time and effort in updating our multiple layers of maps,” said Patrick Wand, Senior IT Project Manager at Mall of America. “Our maps are constantly changing, therefore having a platform that allows us to link directly with our tenant API will be a game changer. Having Jibestream as a partner will allow us to think more outside the box of traditional guest-facing applications and bring dynamic mapping to some of our internal facing applications.”
MOA has transformed the shopping experience into an experiential destination for its 40 million annual visitors. Their continuing commitment to innovation has put them at the forefront of digital technology.

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Incontro “Mapping young religion”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

Roma 22 ottobre 2018, alle ore 15:00 Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta 4 presso l’Aula Tesi della Gregoriana, incontro “Mapping young religion”, contributo inedito al Sinodo dei Vescovi su “I giovani, la fede e il discernimento vocazionale”.Nel corso dell’incontro saranno presentati i risultati del “Global Social Listening Study” attraverso due contributi: «La fede dei giovani e i loro influencers nelle reti sociali»; e «Giovani europei e religione secondo l’Indagine Sociale Europea».Interverranno:
– Jesús Colina, direttore editoriale di Aleteia;
– Miríam Díez Bosch, direttore del Blanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture (Ramon Llull University);
– Stephen Bullivant, direttore del Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society (Saint Mary’s University).Modererà l’incontro P. Peter Lah S.I., docente presso la Facoltà Scienze Sociali della Pontificia Università Gregoriana.

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Greenwashing – the extent to which companies meet their CSR promises depends on national attitudes to competition and individualism says Oxford academic

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 maggio 2014

oxford universityThe assumption that corporations say one thing and do another when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not far from the truth, but just how much they follow through on their promises depends on cultural interpretations of the principles of liberal economics and the perceived role and strength of the government, says Thomas Roulet, Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.In a paper for the Journal of Business Ethics, “The Intentions with Which the Road is Paved: Attitudes to Liberalism as Determinants of Greenwashing”, Thomas Roulet and his co-author, Samuel Touboul, IPAG Business School, explored the ambiguities surrounding firms’ commitments to social and environmental initiatives. They discovered that in countries where people believed strongly in the virtues of competition, firms were more likely to practise “greenwashing” – that is, to make a lot of noise about their CSR but to do very little. In countries where liberalism was interpreted as predominantly about individual responsibility, firms were more likely to focus on concrete actions.“Our research suggested a highly complex relationship between beliefs in particular virtues of economic liberalism and the socially responsible behaviours of organisations,” said Dr Roulet. “It also raises a number of subtle questions relating to the respective roles of business and the state. When a small state is favoured, for example, it seems more likely that companies will step in to ‘fill the gap’. Indeed, some businesses end up having more power than the state and, through becoming involved in developing infrastructures, even substitute for it. However, the business people we interviewed were keen to make a distinction between socially responsible things that businesses should be doing, such as reducing the harmful emissions that they generate themselves, and activities that they engage in that are not really part of their remit, but may enhance their reputations. Even when firms act responsibly, they can be doing so with a certain amount of cynicism.”Using qualitative and quantitative methods, the researchers calculated average country-level beliefs when it came to two central tenets of economic liberalism: a belief in the virtues of competition and a belief in the importance of individual responsibility. They found that developed market economies such as Switzerland, the United States, New Zealand and Canada tended to have higher cultural beliefs in favour of individual responsibility. While those countries also score highly in terms of cultural beliefs in favour of competition, it appears that countries with higher scores on this variable are fast developing countries such as India, China, and Morocco.Mapping these country-level beliefs against the CSR actions of firms in those countries confirmed that firms are more likely to greenwash when populations’ beliefs in the virtue of competition are predominant, and when their beliefs in individual responsibility are less prominent. Therefore, in a country like Morocco, where beliefs in the virtue of individual responsibility are low, but in the virtue of competition are high, firms are more likely to greenwash. Conversely, in a country like France, where the population believes in the virtue of individual responsibility but prefers an absence of competition, firms are less likely to greenwash as they tend to implement socially and environmentally responsible actions without specifically signalling those actions.“We tend to assume that firms are inherently selfish and more likely to indulge in symbolic CSR practices that look good, such as getting green accreditation, than actively trying to improve stakeholders’ welfare by, for example, reducing CO₂ emissions,” said Dr Roulet. “In fact, our research has shown that what a firm does in the context of CSR is influenced by the shared cultural expectations in its country of origin, which either unconsciously encourage greenwashing or demand substantive action. Subtle distinctions between different countries’ interpretations of what a liberal economy is all about can lead to very different attitudes and actions when it comes to how businesses operate in relation to society.”


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