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Monday, June 12, 2006

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

The best made plans to go to handheld, GPS-enabled tools for data capture for the upcoming census are not going well per the Government Accountability Office reports FCW.com. The problems?

[Brenda] Farrell [acting director of strategic issues at GAO] said that a 2004 census test run showed that local Census Bureau offices needed additional employees and more room to store the devices. The devices also had reliability problems in past tests. Although the bureau has contracted for a design overhaul of the devices, the new ones will not be ready in time for the 2008 census dress rehearsal, she said.

Also, the cost of the new system jumped from $49 million to $238 million.

My cynical side says: Here’s another place that the government may want to outsource. I hope I’m wrong.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/09 at 05:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The New York Times offers an obit of Caleb D. Hammond Jr.,  who died Monday. He lead the company from 1948-74, back when the Internet didn’t intrude on map sales. He moved the company, which began in 1900, forward by selling its atlases to publishers and offering a blow up plastic globe. (I received one of those when I graduated college; I still have it.) In 1999 the company was sold to a German publisher.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/09 at 05:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, June 08, 2006

I could find no other mention of this incident on the Net based on a quick look. It is documented by Eric Lundquist writing at Publish.com. The article notes Google’s new spreadsheet is not appropriate for business users. In his discussion he cites this incident where “Google Earth nearly took down a fire agency on the SF peninsula”:

The designer who wrote the program decided to store the map cache in the users profile. While it’s great for home users, corporate users who have roaming profiles suddenly had a profile that was 20GB to download. The bandwidth consumed by users logging on choked the network. Again, only tech support via e-mail, even after calling Google directly and pleading for live assistance for a public safety organization.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/08 at 06:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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