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Monday, June 19, 2006

FCW.com reports on FEMA’s use of IT for allocating funds after Katrina. While some IT checks helped weed fraud, others didn’t quite work out. Case in point, alas, GIS.

The agency’s poor use of IT included over-reliance in some cases and failure to use it at all in others. In one instance that GAO documented, FEMA relied on geospatial mapping to support a claim of $4,706 in rental assistance to undercover GAO inspectors who listed their address as a vacant lot. In that case, FEMA could have sent someone to the site to verify the authenticity of the claim, GAO concluded.

I supposed this is simply a reminder that technology in and of itself is not good or bad, but can be used well or misused. FEMA condemned this and other errors and has stated its new system will prevent them in the future.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 07:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Herald Journal bends over backwards to report on E. coli concentrations in White County, Indiana. The good news: none will shut down summer swimming and boating areas. The bad news: concentrations vary quite a bit and narrative description is difficult to understand. The good news: the county has a GIS and working on identifying problem sewage areas.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 06:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The headline “County to share mapping with state” in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review speaks to Armstrong County in Pennsylvania agreeing to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Topographic and Geological Survey to continue the development of PAMAP.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 06:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Bill Gates’ decision to end his day to day oversight of Microsoft in 2008 and move to full time work on his foundation shook the tech world a bit last week. It got me to thinking about the closest parallel we have in our industry. Would Jack Dangermond consider such a move, down the road?

No. Why? Because Dangermond has been and continues today to change the world with GIS technology. He does it with his continued emphasis on the value it brings to decision makers.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Two weeks ago the poll asked visitors to vote on the “next big thing” in Web mapping. The 58 responses broke down this way:

22% Tools to allow anyone to make a mashup
21% More up to date data
19% More analytical tools
12% Use of Flash
12% Use of GeoRSS
5 %  Availability of for fee data

This week we ask about your biggest complaint about the conference you attend. Vote on the lower left corner of our homepage.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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