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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The launch is offered in connection with a discount price to join GITA:

Become a GITA Member for $99 9/9/09 -12/31/09

That gives you “exclusive access to two of the Center’s most exciting features, a year-round online community launching in October and an GIT4Infrastructure Information Feed launching in November that will be the most extensive feed for all things geospatial, infrastructure, and the stimulus package.”

- press release

—- original post 9/9/09——
GITA’s Geospatial Information Center for Infrastructure at launches on Wednesday.

Per the site it’s an “online, interactive information center that will constantly evolve to give GITA constituents daily information for geospatially managing, protecting, maintaining, and operating the infrastructure.” Some content will be free to all, but two aspects - an online community and a specialized feed - will be for GITA members only.

via @BrentJones_ESRI

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/09 at 01:22 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

MediaShift, a blog about the new journalism from PBS, has the second in a series of posts from Megan Taylor about the programmer/journalist. The topic: what skill should such a person have? She notes that one of the largest computer aided reporting groups teaches some key skills for understanding and managing data: “ArcView mapping software, Geographic Information Science, SPSS statistical analysis software and social network analysis software.”

She goes on to note the responses she received from various programmer/journalists in the field and then looks at the tech behind some recent journo apps. The responses warm my heart - not because they are all GIS-y - but because they focus on a wide range of tools (many open source) and the fact that one must be ready for whatever great tool comes down the pike. This response sounds very different than the list above:

Brian Boyer, a graduate of Medill’s journalism for programmers master’s track and now News Applications Editor at the Chicago Tribune, responded with this list:

XHTML / CSS / JavaScript / jQuery / Python / Django / xml / regex / Postgres / PostGIS / QGIS

It sounds like neogeo toolbox! Now, journalism may be a specialized field, but it does what many organizations do every day: organize information to help people make decisions. The difference with a newspaper? It aims to communicate to many, many different kinds of people, not just the execs or the techies. We in the geospatial field can learn from those who are choosing the tech and the methods to communicate graphically and “Web 2.0ly” with the planet.

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/09 at 07:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The nationwide trend is reaching the pacific northwest with the Seattle City Council announcement yesterday of 10 technology initiatives for 2010 including: a mobile tool to report graffiti, an Apps for Seattle type contest, data published in open formats, publish more data on maps…

- Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/09 at 07:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette caught my eye. It details a new mapping system that will save Allegheny County (Pitt’s county) money by preventing different infrastructure related organizations from ripping up the streets over and over. It’s one of the promises I’ve made (and heard made) about implementing an enterprise wide GIS. The solution being installed is from Envista, a company based north of Boston. The article brought up a few points about the system:

The county is paying $29,500 to Massachusetts-based Envista Corp., developer of the system.

“Envista will enable the county, PennDOT, municipalities and utility companies to easily exchange information and coordinate construction and maintenance projects via the Internet,” said County Executive Dan Onorato. “This will reduce street cuts, save on paving costs and lessen impacts on neighborhoods and commuters during the paving and construction season.”

One key is persuading other municipalities, authorities and utilities to buy the service, said Kevin Evanto, Mr. Onorato’s spokesman. One major utility has purchased the technology, and discussions are under way with others, he said.

So, I took the time to send some questions over to Envista where Martha Bednarz, director of marketing, promptly responded.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 09/09 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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