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Monday, April 10, 2006

The General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget have put out a Request for Information (RFI) “seeking industry input for ways to create across-the-board geospatial data and capabilities as the government starts work on establishing the Geospatial Line of Business.” Responses to the RFI, for which no monetary incentive is offered, are due May 5; there’ll be an Industry Day in DC on April 18.

Questions respondents should answer include: In which data themes of national importance is there opportunity for increased effectiveness, efficiency and cost savings; what are the critical change management issues and best practices for successful transition to and full implementation of common solutions; what cultural impediments and training issues need to be addressed; and, what are the top three factors for coordinating the use of geographic information.

I feel like we in the industry have been poking at those questions for some time. I wonder if the government will get further than we did?

Via GCN

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/10 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Paul Flessner, Microsoft senior vice president of data and storage platforms was interviewed by CRN last week and offered this somewhat hazy vision of the company’s plans for geospatial.

You will see an investment in spatial indexing, geometry libraries. I want to do a good job supporting ESRI and other geo-spatial guys and make a good library available so if you can’t afford those packages do good spatial analysis with out them.

When might we see something? Four to six years, maybe fewer.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

First off, I love that headline, taken from the online verison of the Barnet (UK) paper. The chips in question will be used, if approved, to track when and how much garbage is thrown out by each household. Those with quite a lot would be encouraged to recycle more.  Of course there are allegations of “spying” but the important thing about this discussion is that it’s not “location-based” per se. It’s more about who’s “wheelie bin” is overfull. Said another way, “RFID is not just for tracking whereabouts anymore.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new exhibit titled “Places & Spaces: Mapping Science” is on view at the New York Public Science Industry and Business Library until August. It sounds great:

The show has 20 maps, from older ones with ancient depictions of the planet to a chart giving a timeline of anthrax-research literature. A series of globes chronicles information such as the number of patents held in various countries, and an interactive illuminated map displays how different scientific fields are connected and where research is done.

This message from Deborah MacPherson, one of the curators of the show is intereseting:

We need to simplify how science is explained.

I’m not sure simplify if the optimal term here. Perhaps “enhance” or “further illustrate” would be better. Maps can and do simplify, but that’s only part of their mission of telling stories.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro approved a new center to explore public health and GI science. It’s called the Center for Geographic Information Science and Health and will be run out of the Department of Geography. I like the idea that students can, instead of studying a generic GIS program, select a school with a specialty, like this one. Expect more of these specialized centers. And, expect them to offer their expertise via online classes/programs as well.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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