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Friday, February 24, 2006

Redding, CT actually reduced its GIS budget - by cutting data layers. The initial request was for $106,492 was cut by $30,500. How?

It was decided that storm water management mapping is not need for the entire town, only for Georgetown, and the selectmen decided to defer adding snowplow routes. Still in the update is money for zoning and wetlands mapping and land use for a town plan update. Support and maintenance of the system remain as well.

The selectmen added $15,000 to help cover the cost of buying the maps that will result from an SNET/SBC flyover of the town and $3,000 to provide Internet access speed for other buildings besides town hall to use the GIS.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 07:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An article in the People’s Daily (from Xinhau news service) provides the details on the country’s GIS. Of particular interest are the attempt to make the database accessible and the size of the GIS business community.

Another official with the bureau [State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping ], Li Weisen, told the press conference that as supervisor of surveying and mapping, the bureau will try its best to make the database available to all while taking security into consideration.

China has more than 8,000 companies engaged in a geographic information system (GIS). Its GIS industry has been growing rapidly in the country, especially in recent years as high-technology has become more widely used. Li predicted that the industry would gain a stronger momentum of growth in the next three to five years.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/24 at 07:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Lots of blogs are pushing registration opening for what some call “the most talked about conference of last year.” If I had a magic wand I’d to go to Mix06 next month. Never heard of it? Says Virtual Earth blog:

There’s been a lot of talk about the session featuring Bill Gates and Tim O’Reilly, but I think I’m most interested in Scott Isaacs talk from the trenches on building the framework. 

It’s a Microsoft event, but frankly seems to address many of issues we in the mapping world face:

How can I extend my content and services into the living room?
How can I protect my users from phishers and pharmers?
How can I develop and debug AJAX applications quickly and efficiently?
How can I effectively monetize RSS?

Oh, we might swap “into the living room” with “into the board room” or “into the enterprise” but essentailly we are all looking to do more with services and figure out how to make money.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/23 at 03:22 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Christine Gorman, a senior writer at Time Magazine, contacted us about a story she blogged on the use of Google Earth by Sherrill Davison, an avian flu researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, to track the spread of the virus. Davison is a poultry veterinarian that is using GE in preparedness plans in case the H5N1 avian flu virus makes it to the US by mapping hen houses on commercial poultry farms. Gorman tells us that "this is important when you are trying to figure out where an outbreak has occurred and which farms/buildings need to be included in a quarantined area."

by Joe Francica on 02/23 at 10:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update: Yep, it’s a hoax. I got duped. Even worse, I reported on this in the past! Thanks Don!

Original follows:

Apparently a Danish company began offering a “GPS dart” of sorts to tag criminals back in 2002. Empire North, of Copenhagen, Denmark, calls its gun-like offering the “ID Sniper Rifle.” It inserts a tiny GPS chip into the body with about the pain of a mosquito bite, according to a an article from 2004. At the same time, a camera attached to the gun takes high resolution imagery of the target.

My first thought on this idea: won’t people try to dig the chip out, causing all sorts of medical issues? Then authorities could track them down in hospitals with infections…

A few weeks ago there was extensive coverage about the Los Angeles Police using a golf ball sized GPS to tag suspected vehicles aimed at preventing or limiting car chases.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/23 at 06:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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