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Thursday, August 30, 2007

I hear a lot about consultants being hired to do “needs assessment” for GIS, but rarely do I hear about any evaluation after its installed. The folks in Shawnee County, Kansas are considering spending $22,500 with a contractor to do that.

The county and Bartlett & West Inc. have a tentative agreement for services that would look at the performance of the county’s GIS, a system that lays out data according to location, often in the form of maps.

Topeka Capital-Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/30 at 06:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Today I see that Trimble announced its keynote speakers for its User Conference. They include Peter Hillary (explorer, author, adventurer), Dan Burrus (business author of Technotrends, 1993)and Bob Ballard (“legendary explorer and discoverer of wreck of the Titanic”). Mr. Hillary did the ESRI UC a few years ago (if I recall correctly; I was not in attendence), Mr. Burrus spoke at an Autodesk event some years ago and Mr. Ballard joined us at a New England Arc User Group. These names got me to thinking. What was the best keynote ever at a geo or tech event you attended?

I don’t have to think about it for a second: James Burke, the Connections guy (website) at ESRI UC in the mid-1990s. I still remember the first thing (and many of the later things) he said: “I will speak for exactly one hour, so I hope you’ve all been to the toilet.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/30 at 06:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A study from the University of Washington published online this week by the journal “Social Science and Medicine” concludes that neighborhood property values predict local obesity rates better than education or incomes. It turns out that obesity is more closely related to which can be tied to wealth in an asset like a home, rather than income. In the study “residential property values were used as a proxy measure of ZIP code socioeconomic status.”

- Environment News Service

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 06:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

CIO India cites research from MIT on defining clutter in a display. The idea is that if we can measure/define clutter, we can create better displays for say airline pilots or even casual map users. Interestingly, one test was having people find the “You are here” arrow on a map. This sounds like research we visually focused geospaital folks should follow.

More detail here (ContractorUK) and you can try out the tool here.

- CIO India

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 06:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

We recently asked about your experience with tracking tools. Of 22 resondents, here are the results.

46%, 10 Votes - I would never track my kids/pets.

28%, 6 Votes - I’ve not thought about it.

19%, 4 Votes - I probably will track my kids/pets.

10%, 2 Votes - I already track my kids/pets.

This week we look at what prompts you to check out a new Web mapping site or application. Vote on the lower right hand side of our main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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