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Friday, March 25, 2005

This from special correspondent Martin von Wyss in Australia.

I just read a funny article [original not available, this one is similer, free registration required] in a national newspaper here in Australia. It’s about a controversial ring road around Melbourne that’s been on the drawing board for 30 years. The reason it’s controversial is that it’s supposed to be a toll road, like two other major sections of highway in the city, including the road connecting the airport to the city.

At yesterday’s ground breaking, the state’s Premier, Steve Bracks, gave the road a new name, the road’s third. The new name is Eastlink, and up until yesterday it was the Mitcham Frankston tollway. Critics say it’s his attempt to distance himself from the project which he promised during the 2002 election campaign he’d keep toll-free, though that’s not on the cards now. I quote from today’s The Australian (page eight):

“Far from being used to shield the political pain, it was “easy to remember”, and easier to fit on Melbourne’s ubiquitous street directory, Melway, he claimed.”

The Melway’s really is ubiquitous, and rightly so (very clever design, comprehensive, beautiful to look at). But what’s funny to me is that long highway names are hardly cartographic problems on city maps. Perhaps soon he’ll introduce legislation that prohibits cul-de-sacs in new developments being named “Babblilng Brook Terrace” and “Placid Possum Place.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/25 at 07:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

 

This whole “bloggers vs. journalists” thing is getting out of hand. To read some sense about the “Apple-trade-secret-leak” check out this article in Wired. Now, to another matter that’s floating around: the different between a blogger and a journalist. I was disappointed to read a blog on PR that quotes a key player in the CAD industry saying the difference is that “real press” members make a living from writing whereas non-press people do not. Further along in the article Rachael Dalton-Taggart (I believe, it’s not bylined) offers three categories of journalist: ‘Unbiased’ ‘Part time Bloggers’ and ‘Affiliated Bloggers.’ The first have no agenda, the second can take time off, and the third are fans or work for vendors.

 

I subscribe to a different distinction put forward by some media critics here in Boston: journalists actually check facts and act like journalists, others don’t. Now, some of us who write about CAD and GIS have no journalism training, myself among them. Still, I do my best to “act like” a journalist. I’ve learned most of what I know from working with responsible editors and publishers, from Poynter.org, Greater Boston (a PBS show which each Friday runs “Beat the Press,” available online) and On the Media.

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/25 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer Glenn Brooks, who’s leading the Mercy Corps charge to use GIS and remote sensing to get Southeast Asian communities back on track after December’s tsunami, is on the way to Sri Lanka. The local paper does a nice job explaining the goal of the project and the acknowledging the role of volunteers and donors. There’s another article on Mercy Corps at Relief Web. And one more in India’s Financial Express.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/25 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) will release its 2005 Congressional Pig Book at a press conference on Wednesday, April 6, 2005. But I have a GIS highlight to share early: “The reigning king of pork is West Virginia Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd. In the current budget, Byrd slipped in $11,612,000 for projects in his state, including $4.4 million for GIS Center of Excellence at West Virginia University, $3.6 million for the Appalachian Fruit Laboratory in Kearneysville and $150,000 for turfgrass research in Beaver.” Wow, $4.4 million is more than ESRI will get for updating geodata.gov!

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/25 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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