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Monday, February 20, 2006

I’m currently at the AAAS conference in Saint Louis, MO. It’s pretty cold here. We have a session on geosurveillance organised by Deborah Popper and Doug Sherman. Some of the other panelists are Jerry Dobson (President of the AGS) and Bill Herbert, a labor lawyer.

The AAAS selected our session for a press briefing yesterday and I must admit I’ve not done one of those before. It was very well organised. We sat up on a podium and gave a 3 minute spiel, then opened it up to the journos (Jerry said he counted about the same number of journalists as were at the briefing for the “1491” book). Afterwards we were taken out to a follow-up room where I gave two interviews for radio, one for the BBC and one for Robyn William’s science show on ABC! I screwed up one response though, so we’ll see if they use the stuff. All good practice though.

We have our actual paper session later this morning then it’s off home.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 02/20 at 08:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Computerworld (New Zealand) reports that Chris Stoltz, general manager for GITA Australia and New Zealand, thinks its Peter Batty, CTO at Intergraph. The magazine is touting his visit to that country next week to give the keynote at the GITA conference, where he’ll speak to how “businesses hugely underestimate the potential of such technologies for improving their bottom line and service to customers.”

To be fair, I think another respected individual in our industry is more like Mr. Gates. I’m not sure to whom I’d compare Batty, but someone important, for sure.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/20 at 07:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Yes, it seems the folks in Pierceland, Saskatchewan, Canada have a map of Raleigh, North Carolina in their local phone books courtesy of Sprint. Accidents happen.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/20 at 07:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The marketing device was noted here in the past. What’s interesting is that the short article which includes an image of one of 15 icons on the map, is in the paper’s Technology section. It’s not in the advertising section, nor the entertainment section. This is indeed an infotainmap, per my colleague Joe Francica. The Soprano’s map doesn’t go live until next Monday.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/20 at 07:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Waynesville Daily Guide (Missouri) covers efforts to bring new businesses to the local counties, but also touches on possibilities for those losing works as the USGS leaves Rolla. Mark Newell of that office updated those at a meeting that the move is assured after studies concluded that the process used to select a new headquarters had some problems, but was not illegal.

Many of the USGS staffers are longtime residents with professional degrees and 20 years of experience. They are very interesting to the local school superintendent who notes there’s always a need for math and science teachers especially in rural areas. Missouri, like many other states, including Massachusetts has a special program to allow career changers to obtain teaching certificates on a fast track basis. I’m sure USGS folks would make a great addition to the educational workforce.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/20 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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