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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

It seems my former colleague from ESRI was voted (Press Enterprise) Mayor of Redlands, CA by the city council in early December. He’s profiled in the local paper. Jon was active in local politics when I regularly visited Redlands some ten years ago, so this shouldn’t be any great shock. Moreover, he was then and is now well respected within ESRI. I’ll offer that working at ESRI is a great training ground for learning how to bring disparate ideas and people together.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 08:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Associated Press covered the USGS report upholding the process used to select Denver as NGTOC. The article quotes Missouri Representative Jo Ann Emerson, who’s been vocal on the matter since the decision was made against Rolla, which falls in her district, as calling yesterday’s report “nothing less than incompetence.” She committed herself to continuing to try to reverse it.

An investigation by the inspector general is ongoing, but will not interfere with plans to move forward announced yesterday.

The Rolla Daily News, which has been following this story with teeth for some time, and named it local story of the year, has further input from Senators Bond and Talent as well as this clear summary from Emerson, “Rolla hasn’t gotten a fair deal yet, that I can see.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 07:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Someday, I may have to rely on a French satellite to convict an American citizen.”

Richard Edwards, the assistant U.S. Attorney in North Carolina on the failure of two Landsat satellites. Edwards uses data from them to prosecute farm insurance fraud. He was quoted in an AP article at

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/11 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

That’s means Denver stands as the location of the NGTOC and the A-76 competitive sourcing process, in time, revs back up.

The letter of transmittal (a nice summary of the longer report) from Acting Director of USGS Patrick Leahy to the Secretary of Water and Science is online as a PDF. In the letter, Leahy admits some communications weaknesses caused some concern for employees during the research work, but is confident these didn’t impact the process.

The final report (2 Mb pdf) is also available.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/10 at 04:42 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Hello everyone!

Adena has graciously allowed me to post my occasional thoughts on the APB blog. I first met Adena in grad school at Penn State and have much admired her work as a GIS editor. Thanks Adena!

So human tracking is a hot topic these days. Consider this:

Peter Morville: “We will use the Web to navigate a physical world that sparkles with embedded sensors and geospatial metadata” Ambient Findability, p. 13

The Mapping Hacks book also has a lot of this sort of stuff.

No doubt that this is all wonderful stuff. What I’m curious about are the social implications of such surveillance. Remember Mark Monmonier’s book Spying with Maps? He wondered if there was such a thing as locational privacy. And whether it was worth protecting.

One of the scariest features of geosurveillance, I’d say, is based on risk assessment and geoprofiling. This is the idea that we can control people or places according to their risk factor according to some kind of profile.

The point is that we’re monitored not because of something we’ve done, but because of something we might do! This is the thinking that allowed the FBI to compile a GIS database of mosques following 9/11.

By the way, a bunch of us are going to be talking about this at the AAAS conference next month.

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