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Friday, April 08, 2005

An article at GCN.com (Government Computer News) highlights how four different jurisdictions around Washington DC are using GIS. The article is based on a discussion held at FOSE (a federally focused trade show) this week. While the uses are not new to our community (the District used it to find a home for a new baseball stadium, Fairfax County speeded up 911 response, Prince William County maps its Meals on Wheels program, coastal Virginia Beach provides hurricane related emergency services) the final sentence is very familiar: “Each of the four governments has standardized on GIS products from ESRI of Redlands, Calif.”

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/08 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Reader Larry sent on a link to the Delocator, which is officially the Starbucks Delocator, but there is fear of corporate “concern” from that company if that name is used. The website, launched on April 1 [not an April Fool], finds independent coffee shops across the U.S. Key in a ZIP Code and find the Starbucks and the alternatives that are often just across the street. Visitors can input their own neighborhood independent shops to help populate the database. Independent coffee houses are a big deal in my city where Starbucks is pretty much flanked by Diesel and Someday Cafщ, both of which I hope, continue to thrive alongside their neighbor. You can even download the software to build your own Delocator.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/08 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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