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Monday, March 06, 2006

“It is amazing how you can put in an abstract in November yet wonder what you are supposed to be talking about 2 days before you leave…”

Jesse at Very Spatial on preparing his paper for the AAG Conference this week. I’m sure he’s kidding as he included a smiley face, but frankly, I fear this is all too common. One exception: I actually participated in a trial run of an AAG paper last week via the Web. So, at least one presenter has prepared well in advance.

I recall my first AAG paper when I was just out of grad school. I was really nervous.

On the plane ride up to Toronto a fellow sitting next to me challenged me about geography and its place in the world. I later learned he was on the Geography faculty at Clark University and he clearly knew I was a newbie. It was not the best way to be welcomed into the profession.

When I finally gave my paper, a rather well-known geographer sat in the front row. I recognized him from his picture in a GIS magazine. He spent the entire session (all three papers) writing his own presentation for the next day, so far as I could tell. I found that most disconcerting and disrespectful. The least he could have done was to sit in the back ...

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/06 at 06:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

CityBloc was announced via a press release today:

What if you could go to one site and view information on more than 20,000 US cities, counties and towns? What if you could view an interactive map of that community and even view a zoom-able satellite image? How much time and energy could a site like that save?

And, that’s just about what you find. However, the mashup, at least for me, adds little to the combination of sources. The maps are from Google; the data from Wikipedia. The “nearest cities”? I’m not sure how those are determined. The ads are from all over. I was suprised to find the “about” menu pick was not available. I suspect it answers these questions.

This seems to be a site that wants to make money from ads. My sense is that there is not enough there to entice people back.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/06 at 06:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I mentioned the Virtual Earth development contest aligned with Virtual Earth Madness and Via Virtual Earth last week. The rules are posted - well, they are sort of posted. You can hear them (with slides) in SWF or WMV or download a PPT (zipped)... what ever happened to HTML? It’s a five minute clip with the word “fantastic” in it quite a lot.

Detials:

Runs - Feb 28- April 1; Submit by midnight to Thom Robbins
Criteria - creativity, useful, imagination
Judges - from MS and commuity including Dr. Neil from Via Virtual Earth, “community directed contest” with prizes and will “get noticed”
Fine print - must register at Via Virtual Earth, participation in forum may yield “spot prizes,” no commercial apps, must submit all code (will eventually be shared)
Grand prize - Xbox360

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/06 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Alan Glennon at Virtual Globes got the word from NGA that a new report is publicly available that lists the NGA’s research priorities.

It’s titled “Priorities for GEOINT Research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency” and is free from the National Academies Press.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/06 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Office of Management and Budget in a memo dated March 3 (last Friday) will require major federal agencies to designate a senior official to oversee geospatail activities. (The memo was provided to GCN, which broke the story.) The hope is that having such individuals will help agencies take better advantage of geospatial investments and reduce costs.

The individuals may be CIOs and must be at least at the assistant secretary level. Further, the appointments must be made within 45 days. A similar position was required to oversee privacy issues.

Two things strike me about this move:

(1) What prompted it? Perhaps the situation at USGS? Perhaps the added funding for geospatial in the new budget? Maybe the framework recently designated for DHS?

(2) These individuals could be key in getting many of the federal programs to “work for them.” I say this considering how NSGIC (essentially a group of individuals doing this sort of work for their states) offers advice to its members and to the federal government. I’ll even go so far as to suggest NSGIC invite these individuals to see how it works.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/06 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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