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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Opening statement of Chairman Jim Costa (pdf)

Statement of Susan Marlow (CEO,  Smart Data Strategies) (pdf)

Statement of John Palatiello (MAPPS Exec. Dir.) (pdf)

Statement of Michael Byrne (CA GIO) (pdf)

Statement of Karen Siderelis (GIO, US Dept. of Interior)  (pdf)

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/23 at 12:35 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Open Government and Innovation event was held earlier this week in DC and featured:

Ben Shneiderman, founding director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and professor at the University of Maryland - if he’s speaking where you are, go. I guarantee you will learn something.

Andrew Turner, chief technology officer for FortiusOne/GeoCommons - he’s on the geo circuit, so you’ll likely run into him

Susan Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft’s federal sector - new name to me

Each pointed to visualization techniques such as mashups and Photosynth, but noted there are still challenges. Shneiderman “noted the difficult computer network administrators have had finding visualization tools that help them understand the status and performance of their networks.”


by Adena Schutzberg on 07/23 at 07:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A special issue of the American Journal of Education takes on school choice - including several articles that use GIS to explore the topic. (press release)

It’s typically a fee-based journal, but two articles of interest to geospatial practitioners (and others!) are free to read:

School Choice in Suburbia: Test Scores, Race, and Housing Markets

School Choice and Competitive Incentives: Mapping the Distribution of Educational Opportunities across Local Education Markets

Among the findings: how much housing prices rise based on a local school’s test scores and minority population.

- via EdWeek Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/23 at 07:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The blurring of sat nav and smartphone continues. Corpus Christi, Texas will role out a program at the end of August that allows TomTom users to get event information for the city based on their location. It’s not clear which devices will support this or how the data is transmitted.

The Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is behind this effort and a similar text messaging one, said the city is looking to work with other providers as well.

- Caller Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/23 at 06:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Among the details:

The company is still planning to release its iPhone navigation application this summer; it’ll appear simultaneously in the U.S. and Europe. ( Navigon announced its offering for one-time fee of $70; price rises Aug 15 to $100.)

TomTom is in talks with “a number of” carmakers on the possible delivery of built-in navigation devices.

“Live” services are starting to catch on. Those “add on” charges for extra services such as its HD Traffic, which traces the road speed of participants to create live traffic reports, may mean enhanced revenues.

- Kansas City Star

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/23 at 06:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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