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Friday, March 03, 2006

The University of Texas at Arlington offered a find the criminal “contest” to get its community involved in GIS. Joshua Been, geographic information systems librarian, developed the crime puzzle and led a workshop to get those interested started. While a fellow from Ottawa got the right answer, only those at the University were eligible to win the prize. In all, 16 correct answers were given before the deadline, with 5 from students.

This is very clever and I suspect Mr. Been will get a lot of calls from other educator wanted to try out his methodology. He got the idea, by the way, from watching the “Numbers” TV show.

Only on thing concerned me regarding the article in the Shorthorn, the school paper, this quote:

An example of a geographic information system would be Google’s mapping service, he said.


by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I noted earlier this week that the Topo Employess blog, which covered fact and rumor about the potential closing the Rolla office and consolidation in Denver and other USGS topics had shut down. Today I learned, via anonymous e-mail, it has a successor, Topo Employees, Too.

It’s a group blog and the owner offers specific suggestions on how to post safely and anonymously.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 07:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A long and detailed article from Computing offers the pros and cons and some potential uses of Galileo. I thought this quote from Sean Phelan, founder of Mulitimap showed the correct reserve:

I’ll believe we have a European satellite navigation system when it works.

One thing I keep noticing is that while many of Galileo promoters want to say that the new system will enable “new” services, in fact all they really speak about is how existing GPS-based services will get better. “There’ll be more satellites to track” and “the signals will be stronger” are the main discussions.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 06:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, March 02, 2006

FGDC confirms that the NSDI Clearinghouse Network Gateway at the EROS Data Center is down.

This from Doug Nebert at FGDC:

The host computer is being replaced due to catastrophic failure and I just found out that it will be inaccessible for two weeks, resuming service the week of March 13th.

THe FGDC does have redundant, identical search Gateways operated at partner locations in USGS Alaska, NOAA-CSC in Charleston, SC, and NRCS in Ft. Worth, TX. These can be navigated to through the selector map:

The Geospatial One-Stop Portal ( is the preferred means to search domestic Clearinghouse resources, though the gateways remain for searching international geospatial metadata.

I hate to ask this, and do not mean to be insensitive, but if I’d not mentioned this, how many folks would have noticed the outage?

BTW, the website simply says: “Our apologies…The item you requested does not exist on this server or cannot be served” I’m hopeful FGDC will post the notice above there soon.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/02 at 09:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The list and a few new committees that are up and running are noted in the post from Frank Warmerdam.

The list of 24 includes some well know (to me) individuals as well as some of whom I’ve not heard. These people were nominated by the community and voted on by existing members. Next up: selecting four more board members.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/02 at 09:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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