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Friday, May 19, 2006

Gary at ResourceShelf shares this info on a new GEOINT publication from the National Research Council:

Priorities for GEOINT Research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Committee on Basic and Applied Research Priorities in Geospatial Science for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Mapping Science Committee, National Research Council

“The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) provides geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) to support national security, both as a national intelligence and a combat support agency. In the post-9/11 world, the need for faster and more accurate geospatial intelligence is increasing. GEOINT uses imagery and geospatial data and information to provide knowledge for planning, decisions, and action. For example, data from satellites, pilotless aircraft and ground sensors are integrated with maps and other intelligence data to provide location information on a potential target. This report defines 12 hard problems in geospatial science that NGA must resolve in order to evolve their capabilities to meet future needs. Many of the hard research problems are related to integration of data collected from an ever-growing variety of sensors and non-spatial data sources, and analysis of spatial data collected during a sequence of time (spatio-temporal data). The report also suggests promising approaches in geospatial science and related disciplines for meeting these challenges. The results of this study are intended to help NGA prioritize geospatial science research directions.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/19 at 07:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Earlier this week CH2M HILL anounced it was the first Google Earth certified partner in the Google Enterprise Professional program.

I read it and wondered: what does that mean? Well, I looked it up on Google’s website. Bottom line to be a you need to “meet the following requirements in order to initiate and retain membership in this program”:

Membership Fee—$10,000 per year.
Partner Specialties - Choose from any combination of the following specialties:
Customization / Integration / Development
Annual certification – Fulfilled via onsite training and certification, and then renewed annually
Success Story – As a Google Enterprise Professional, you’ll be providing valuable assistance to Google Enterprise customers and we want to share your stories. Partners are required to publish a customer or solution success story.

I have no issue with the program, but I will say that I’d hire CH2M HILL because it’s CH2M HILL, not because it met those requirements.


by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 01:06 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

URISA has posted its response to the request for information on new geospatial Line of Business.

I wonder who else responded and if they’ll share their documents, too.

via Import Cartography

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 12:48 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Let’s see if I recall correctly…once upon a time an NGA official denied the 133 cities program existed. Now this, from the LA Times.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is collecting data from 133 U.S. cities; intelligence sources told the Los Angeles Times that, when collection is completed, the agency would be able to identify occupants in each house, their nationality and even their political affiliation.


by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I guess Autodesk wanted this inaugural meeting to be a secret since an announcement about it only appeared on the day of the event, Tuesday.

Someone once suggested to me that Autodesk really wanted to be like ESRI; it wanted a loyal GIS following, a big conference, etc. So, perhaps it makes sense then that Autodesk has a government user meeting, just like ESRI. ESRI hosts a number of specialty conferences and regional events that encourage its users to check in several times a year. That’s good marketing, no doubt.

On the other hand, holding an event like this and not notifying even journalists suggests Autodesk’s event may not have been ready for prime time. Did any readers attend? Was it useful?

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/18 at 07:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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