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Monday, December 18, 2006

The expect announcement from Goolge/NASA last week got pushed to this week. CNET offers this interpretation:

The first collaboration between Google and NASA Ames will concern the availability of NASA information over the Internet. For example, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said in a statement that “soon” there will be Google Earth flyovers available for the surfaces of Mars and the moon. Additional data will include real-time weather forecasting and visualization, as well as tracking of the International Space Station and shuttle activity.

Future NASA-Google developments in the works aren’t limited to fusing NASA data into Google applications. Other planned projects mentioned in Monday’s announcement deal with human-computer interaction, education-related collaborations and possibly even joint missions.

I’m thinking this is consistent with the info I read last week in New Scientist. The website (currently yeilding errors) is supposed to be

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/18 at 01:22 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Gary at Resource Shelf shares a new webcast:

“A December 6, 2006 presentation at The Library of Congress by Larry Carver, the director of Library Technologies and Digital Initiatives at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the principal investigator of the National Geospatial Digital Archive partnership for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. Carver’s video presentation runs 52 minutes.”

via: Resource Shelf

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/18 at 10:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

AP (via Live Science) reported last week that USGS scientists must jump through more hoops to publicly share their scientific findings.

New rules require screening of all facts and interpretations by agency scientists. The rules apply to all scientific papers and other public documents, even minor reports or prepared talks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The article suggests the goal is to reign in work that might go against administration policy. Barbara Wainman, the agency’s director of communications tried to put the move in perspective.

This is not about stifling or suppressing our science, or politicizing our science in any way. I don’t have approval authority. What it was designed to do is to improve our product flow.

Agency scientists are not pleased. I for one wonder if it will make it more difficult for USGS staffers to speak on topics of science or policy at events like NSGIC, where they are a great resource. And, I wonder if, as I find with other federal agencies with which I work in my consulting, it will delay any sort of reponse on queries, fact checking and reviews.

- Thanks to Don Cooke for the link.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/18 at 10:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Mostly, according to Evans Data survey of 380 such developers, they use SQL Server. That’s 30% of them. Next is open source MySQL at 20% and Oracle at 16%. Now, 40% are working on LBS-type apps, so it makes you wonder yet again about Microsoft spatially enabling SQL Server.

- Information Week

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/18 at 08:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

For the holidays Garmin is now offering, in addition to other standard vehicles, a sleigh to represent the traveller being tracked on its navigation devices. I guess this is the nav system version of a ring tone. Or, perhaps that’s a custom voice, but this is in the same arena…

via GPS Passion

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/18 at 08:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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