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Friday, December 30, 2005

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

Steve Outing writing at notes that Jonathan Dube at cites the top online story (most popular from that blog) as the use of Googe Maps. It even topped the use of citizen images in the coverage of Katrina. Google reports 1,740 hits on “google maps” from (I supect that’s more than even Directions!) A thought: maybe the hype around Google Maps (of which I confess to being a party) was part of the reason it was top story?

A plug for If you are not trained in journalism (like me), it’s a great resource. I add it to a steady diet of Beat the Press (CPB, WBGH, Boston) and On the Media (NPR).

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, December 29, 2005

PC World hands out its 2006 Innovation Awards and includes Google Earth in the Wireless and Mobile category (a stretch in my estimation).

Says the description of the awards: “Our criteria for innovation included such elements as design, and the integration of technology with function. In all cases, we looked for products and services that did something first, did it much better than its predecessors, or reimagined what had been done before.”

The award paragraph itself reads: “Google Earth SATELLITE MAPPING SERVICE (Free) One of the search king’s handful of out-of-browser experiences, Google Earth lets you pan and zoom over satellite images of the far-flung corners of the globe. Then when you’re ready to find a cheeseburger in Paradise, Michigan, simply check the Restaurant option in the Layers panel on the left to view specific locations (the same goes for hotels, gas stations, parks, schools, government buildings, and millions of other points of interest). And if you’re getting ready for a road trip, just enter your start and end points to view the route superimposed over the satellite image, along with turn-by-turn directions in the left pane. Fun, practical, and free—that’s a tough combination to beat.”

It’s not all satellites, folks! How about Earth Imaging Service? And, what did Google do with Keyhole besides make one version free? Was their a big jump in product features?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/29 at 09:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Intergraph Corp. was money manager John Dorfman’s top value-stock pick in 2005.  He writes for Bloomberg News.

Investors Business Daily has an interview with Halsey Wise. Sample: “That’s how we differentiate ourselves,” he said. “We lead by fusing spatial capability to security.”

The Inquirer reports that Intergraph and others may be sued for patent infringement. Details are sketchy, but the paper offers it thinks its US patent number 5,203, 002, filed in 1993 by Mr Glen Wetzel. No court papers have surfaced yet. Other defendants may include Intel, IBM, Fujitsu and TI.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/29 at 08:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Press Enterprise has the story (free registration required) of the Redlands, California nursery’s history and future.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/29 at 08:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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