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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

“The objective of this project is to develop a system where all we have to do is hit the button on the computer and the Geographic Information Systems can spit out a map based on good science that can assist emergency managers on the ground who will eventually have to decide where to put the burial sites.”

Shawn Hutchinson, assistant professor of geography and director of Kansas State’s Geographic Information Systems Spatial Analysis Laboratory who, along with John Harrington, professor of geography and Lori Emerson, a graduate student in geography, Manhattan are building a GIS to site a burial area for dead livestock, in the event of a disease outbreak or bioterrorism attack.

- via Newswise

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/16 at 05:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

ESRI is making the more than 175 Technical Proceedings from the ESRI User Conference available on DVD for $599 plus shipping and handling. You get audio and the PowerPoint presentations/demos. (Apparently $100 off the list price.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 03:45 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new service, coming soon, called Dapper, allows programmers and us regular folks to turn websites without APIs into sites with APIs. In particular, says an article on JavaScriptSearch, it’ll be “converted into a usable format like XML, HTML, RSS, Google Map, etc. ” Then you can mash it up.

A demo project Magg put interfaces on many video sites to create the king of online video sites. Dapper has its own blog.

via JavaScriptSearch News

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 10:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The San Diego Union Tribune notes that odd skywriting interpretted as “BOO!” over the city made many think it was related to an alleged terror plot uncovered in the UK last week.

In fact, last Thursday evening, during the ESRI party, “3001,” the name of the aerial mapping was writtten in the sky.

The paper says that some residents who thought “BOO!” was written over Lindbergh Field. Jay Arnold, senior director of 3001 Inc.‘s business development in Alabama said the company did the same thing last year.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 10:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Military Information Technology has an editorial pushing for open source software for the military.

The article is set up by a vignette describing a new coalition sensor and how open source software allows it to be integrated into coalition network after “the command interface has been modified to import data from the new sensor.”

Open source software would make that possible. But, so would open standards. In fact, with open standards (open interfaces actually) implemented in the coalition network and the sensor, there’d be perhaps no need to modify the command interface at all. Oh, and those interfaces could be implemented in open source and proprietary code, should military leaders demand it.

Having spent six years now learning about interoperability standards in my work with OGC, I fear there’s still a lot of places they are not fully understood. Perhaps this was just an unfortunate choice for an example. It is however one chance to point out that open source is not the answer to every problem. Perhaps open source is becoming the hammer for every nail?

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/15 at 09:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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