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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Want to check where Space Shuttle Discovery is? You don’t need a mashup. The folks at NASA offer their own app to do it. You can even look up when it’ll be flying over your town.

via TechBlog from GCN

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/06 at 07:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This week’s the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in San Diego provided an opportunity to begin the update of the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS.S). The standards, develop in the late 1990s, “define what students should know and be able to do with technology, and are now in use in 48 of the 50 U.S. states and many countries.”

So, what were they talking about in 2006?

...educational applications of new and emerging technologies such as GPS and GIS, cell phones, interactive TV, 3D gaming environments and nanotechnology. 

Technology educators are encouraged to provide feedback on the standards via an online survey.NETS-S by completing an online survey.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/06 at 07:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ogle Earth lead me to a rumor column from AppleInsider suggesting Apple is at work on a Google Maps sort of offering for its new OS, OSX 10.x., aka Leopard. The article is from June 23.

According to sources, Apple has been working on a similar approach, but modeled after Google’s Maps feature. The technology will presumably allow Leopard users to scour the globe through satellite imagery and whisk up driving directions on the drop of a dime.

Apple has been rather quiet in the geospatial arena of late though developers offer educational, consumer and professional (GRASS) solutions that run on the machines. It’s intresting to consider such a move since Apple is not an advertising supported sort of company. In fact, it’s known for its clever advertising! It does of course have a loyal following in graphics, gaming, movies and music. Further, it’s leading the way in handheld music and video players. Full details on the operating system are expected at the World Wide Developers Conference to be held in early August.

Update: Further rumor: The new mapping system maybe used to track stolen iPods.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/06 at 06:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Chris Holmes has been highlighting the latest release of GeoServer (Ogle Earth) and posted the press release yesterday. He points out a few factoids that are near and dear to my interest in open source and open standards, which are worth your while to consider.

Google help[ed] fund us to do KML/KMZ support through WMS.  James MacGill, of GeoTools, was the one who helped make it happen within Google, but the management is excited by supporting an open ecosystem around Google Earth.  They have no direct use for it themselves, but wanted to make life easier on people looking to expose data on Google Earth, and instead of writing their own network link software from scratch it made sense to just fund an existing, solid open source server.  I personally am often quite hesitant to support standards like KML that are less than completely open, but I got behind this because any user who puts up their data for Google Earth with GeoServer also makes it available as WMS and WFS, since GeoServer is ‘standard by default’.

James MacGill, recently left Penn State for Google. The folks at Penn State assured me that’d mean good things and they were right. The choice of Google to support an open source/open standards project to support KML is indeed interesting. GeoServer is OGC’s reference implementation for the WFS (Web Feature Service) specification.

Update: Is there a parallel here? “Microsoft will sponsor an open-source project to create a converter between Open Office XML and OpenDocument file formats.”

- via C|Net

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/06 at 06:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Two issues are coming before the state public records commission related to consultant Whitaker’s win in a battle to gain access Greenwhich, CT’s GIS data. There are continuing questions about whether he can get updates and data on infrastructure considered a security risk, but those are not at issue right now.

Other questions are making it to the state public records commission. First, Whitaker maintains that a state Freedom of Information request was not replied to in timely manner, or completely. A hearing officer agreed. Should the commission agree, that could result in First Selectman Jim Lash facing a $100 fine. Lash denies any wrongdoing.

Second, the hearing officers maintains that the fees for duplication of the GIS data ($70 for one CD to $100 for a set of three CD’s) should be reduced as they do not reflect the true cost.

via Greenwich Time

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/05 at 06:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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