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Monday, June 12, 2006

Everyone loves to point out how new mapping tools on the Web are raising awareness of GIS, mapping and related technologies. So, I was disappointed to find only a few of the many articles on the new corridor map being presented to the Western Governors Association included a URL to actually view the map!

One winner was the Salt Lake Tribune which inlcuded the URL, alas at the very end of its its detailed coverage. The AP articles (example from a TV news website) I found either didn’t include the URL or it was clipped from the original by those who published it.

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

If you want to keep your GIS record up-to-date, pull out your Jack Dangermond card and add one more honorary degree. To his current list of a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and six honorary doctorates” he’s (Press Enterprise, free registration required) getting an honorary doctorate from Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health.

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

Hopkinton Rhode Island is working out its budget. Among the questions is whether the town needs a full-time “GIS guy.” In the end, the answer was yes, but the discussion and the responsibilities are interesting and should be considered by folks considering working for a small town.

Town Councilor John Matson questioned whether hiring a full-time Graphic Information System [sic] director at a cost of $15,120 would be necessary. This year’s budget used $800 for the position, which is part-time.

“I don’t think that money for computer repairs is worth it to me to bring someone in full-time,” said Matson. “I think some things can be outsourced. We don’t need a full-time GIS guy.”

Resident Carol Baker differed.

“It would be foolish to short change the information technology staff,” she said. “Different departments use different software, and you have to maintain that software and hardware.”

On top of maintenance, the GIS director would be in charge of overseeing the town Web site. Councilor Gary Williams said the director would provide topographical and aerial maps for the planning department.

So, apparently this underpaid (I don’t know the cost of living in Hopkinton, but that’s a small number for any full-time job in the northeast so far as I know) person must manage graphics, geographics, create or otherwise acquire data, do computer repair, maintain software and run the website. The only I guy I know who had that mix of skills had that sort of job at an engineering for good money. I hope someone down there does a bit of research into what GIS is soon… I wonder if folks voted on this thinking it was for a graphics guy?

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

First seen in the wild today, I suspect this was added by a well meaning editor/writer at the Baltimore Sun: geographic indicator system. Here’s the use in context, in an article that details how tough it is to locate something in a park with a single street address:

“That is a severe problem when it comes to getting responsiveness,” said Connie A. Brown, director of the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks. “We are trying to use [the signs] and a GIS [geographic indicator system] in order to pinpoint locations and develop a grid system for the park.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/12 at 05:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, June 09, 2006

If you missed it, yesterday Directions ran a piece on open source GIS in Canada. Many, many folks are now weighing in via the comments on the how and why it happened. Open source guy Kevin Flanders penned the piece.

Why do I note Directions Magazine articles here? Because those who read the blog tell me if I don’t, they’ll miss them.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/09 at 05:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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