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Thursday, September 21, 2006

I’m not one to advise companies to take advantage of unfortunate cirumstances to push their products, but I can’t fault MetaCarta on its release today about the demo it will do next week at the Protect-Our-Food Expo During the 2006 International Symposium on Agroterrorism scheduled for next week in Kansas City Missouri.

The release explains how MetaCarta’s tools to seek out in text georaphic references in documents and map them can help track avian flu or eColi outbreaks like the one going on just now in the United States. The release put is this way: The company will illustrate “how geographic search of public unstructured information such as RSS news feeds can be used to identify and track threats.”

As I’ve noted in the past, the best thing about MetaCarta’s technology is that it’s geared to deal with your data in its “messy” unstructured way and help find key geographic patterns.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/21 at 02:48 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/21 at 01:47 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Global Security Systems’ (GSS) FM- based geo-targeting solution lets advertisers reach their audiences whenever and wherever they are.”

(press release, it’s not yet on website, nor is any info about this offering.)

I want to suggest that it will be very hard for end users of a location-based service to contemplate working with Global Security Systems. We techies see the logic of moving the alerting system from homeland securty to marketing, but will others? Maybe its time to just be GSS?

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/21 at 11:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A press release from UW-Madison highlights the work of Mark Harrower at that school (but a formerly a PSU grad student), who worked with Cynthia Brewer (Penn State) on the now well-known “ColorBrewer” app.

Harrower, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is devoted to giving people powerful new tools to improve map-making. Building on his research theme of visualization and animation in cartography, Harrower has created a fleet of public domain software programs that help mapmakers with fundamental tasks such as selecting colors, filtering data, representing change and generalizing lines.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/21 at 09:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I read the article at GovExec.com twice, but am still not sure I get the point. Here’s the key quotes for those who want to try, too:

The task forces, launched by the Office of Management and Budget earlier this year, are recommending the adoption of uniform governmentwide standards in the three new areas, rather than the creation of more shared service centers, government officials close to the matter told Government Executive.

[The systems] being considered for consolidation. These are budget formulation and evaluation systems, geospatial information systems and IT infrastructure.

The new recommendations, released on Sept. 11 and subject to review by OMB’s deputy director for management in mid-October, will not be made public until the February release of the president’s fiscal 2008 budget request. Agencies will receive management and budget guidance around Thanksgiving. 

So, as I understand it, the thought at first was to develop shared service centers for these and have the whole government use those, instead of their own local implementations. Now, the recommendation is to simply keep those local implementations, but insure standards are used.

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/21 at 09:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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