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Friday, December 30, 2005

The Columbia Missourian reports that “The Center for Geospatial Intelligence at MU will receive $1.75 million in next year’s defense appropriations bill, according to a recent announcement by Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/30 at 07:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share reports that Avatech Solutions has released a preliminary version of a tool to export 3D AutoCAD models into KML. It’s a freebie, which requires some simplification of the model, and has no support at this time.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/30 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Asbury Park Press (New Jersey) reports that Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Office on Aging is giving away 40 free “GPS style” bracelets for those with dementia with the hope they will help in locating these individuals should they become lost. A staffer at the office of aging describes the hardware as “wristbands, which weigh only an ounce and emit inaudible radio signals.”

There needs to be a better way to describe this sort of technoloy so that it’s not confused with GPS. Perhaps they might say: “The wristbands send out a radio signal” or refer to them as “radio signal bracelets?”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/30 at 07:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I generally ascribe errors regarding geospatial technology found in small papers to earnest staffers with limited experience or limited time for fact checking. I expect the New York Times and NPR to do better. Alas, no. Today on Morning Edition NPR shared two corrections on a piece that discussed Galileo and GPS. In particular it corrected a statement saying that GPS accuracy was but 16 feet, when many recievers can achieve much higher levels. A second noted that signal augmentation was no longer applied to GPS; it was “turned off” five years ago.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/30 at 07:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Knight Ridder has done an analysis on albeit incomplete data on the victims of Hurricane Katrina (including some spatail analysis, but no maps) and found many of the early conclusions regarding who died were in error, especially those using the term “disproportionately”. Some examples:

The addresses where bodies were recovered were compiled by Louisiana state officials and released earlier this month. Knight Ridder charted the locations on a map of Orleans and St. Bernard parishes, then compared them with census data on income in those neighborhoods.

The comparison showed that 42% of the bodies found at homes in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes were in neighborhoods with high poverty. That’s only slightly higher than the 39% of residents of such neighborhoods in general.

Similarly, 31% of the bodies turned up in areas with poverty rates below 15%, where 30% of the population lived.

One of the sadder findings: many of those who were thought not to have transportation and hence could not leave, had cars in their driveways. Now, of course, they may not have had gasoline, but apparently there were vehicles.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/30 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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