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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

This was found in the 2011 “Special Topics” document of the federal budget. (pdf)

Geospatial Platform — In 2010 and 2011, Federal
data managers for geospatial data will move to a portfolio
management approach, creating a Geospatial Platform to
support GeoOneStop, place-based initiatives, and other
potential future programs.  This transformation will be
facilitated by improving the governance framework to
address the requirements of State, local and tribal agen-
cies, Administration policy, and agency mission objectives. 
Investments will be prioritized based on business needs.
The Geospatial Platform will explore opportunities for
increased collaboration with, with an emphasis
on reuse of architectural standards and technology, ulti-
mately increasing access to geospatial data.

via several folks including @jeffharrison, but sourced ultimately to @FCCgio (aka Mike Byrne)

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 09:55 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Google Earth have a new kind of cell phone which the local people [in Tanzania and Uganda] can use with GPS but also video. It allows them to map deforested areas by filling in data points—here the forests are being cut down, here there are new trees.
“If communities can demonstrate that they are having an impact in terms of restoring their forests then they get this money from the carbon polluters.”

- Jane Goodall, quoted in an AFP story about her efforts regarding population control and environmental management.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 09:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Tuesday the government would make available Ordnance Survey mapping data for free re-use from 1 April. The data in question is small and mid-scale (large areas of not so detailed data, for those not fully awake). The announcement comes right on the heels of “consultation,” that is the comment period, for the scheme. That’s led ESRI UK head, Dr. Richard Waite among others, to wonder if their input was taken seriously. Four GIS company leads (ESRI-UK, 1Spatial, Cadcorp [full disclosure, used to work for them] and Intergraph) signed a statement noting their concern for this decision and its negative impact on the OS and the economics of the country. 

ESRI-UK released a longer (PDF) statement.

- Grough

- Guardian Deconstruction of Letter via @gnat at O’Reilly

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 08:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Initially released in June 2008, the Guidelines were revised due to the dynamic and constantly innovative nature of the wireless ecosystem and the latest developments in Location-Based Services (LBS).... In particular, the Guidelines have been revised to recognize that multiple entities can play a role in the delivery of a single LBS application. Updates to the Guidelines also address:
- Application of the Guidelines to the use of various location technologies
- Clarification of the relationship between account holder and user
- Other general improvements to aid clarity”

- best practices HTML, pdf
- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/24 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI), formerly MapInfo, was synonymous with desktop mapping. But times change and PBBI must change too. In this interview with Jon Winslow, Global Manger of the Location Intelligence portfolio of products for PBBI, Editor in Chief Joe Francica explores how the company will look to leverage cloud computing, open source software, and other technologies to adapt to the next growth phase for geospatial technology.

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by Joe Francica on 03/24 at 06:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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