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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A new organization, tentatively called the “International Address Data Association,” is developing its mission statement and gathering its members. For now the handful of individuals serving as the steering committee, “well-known international experts” in address issues, come from the US, UK, Germany, and The Netherlands.

The mission will revolve around the core idea that an address is a human right since without one an individual may not really “exist.” The mission, once determined will spur activities such as advocacy and education on topics such as the need for free change of address tools (in The Netherlands there’s a fee, apparently), a resolution calling for all countries to have an address system and its adoption by the Universal Postal Union.

Leader Charles Prescott details the organization is about addresses meant very broadly:

The group’s mission is not restricted to postal addresses or direct mailers. This group is concerned about addresses of all types - mobile numbers, GPS data, e-mail addresses, NAC, latlong….anything used in a data field in a file to represent location of an individual or business, for any purpose.  Accuracy and currency are critical, and often overlooked.

- Post & Parcel

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 07:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I noted in my coverage of the NSGIC Midyear that the new GIO for the FCC, Micheal Byrne announced a nationwide tool to measure broadband speed. I wrote:

The FCC website will be updated (beta site); it’s not too great now. FCC is partnering with National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on broadband efforts focusing on data integration/validation. A set of crowdsourcing tools will go live tomorrow (Tuesday, hopefully) to find speed testing (two different tests) and note if you do/don’t have broadband access. It’ll be available for iPhone/Android, too. It’ll be at broadband.gov. Data will come in to FCC, be geododed and be part of its data sources. We want to see if this is a valuable way to collect data.

Now I read the State of Maryland has its own effort and its tool to collect speed data.

via Del Marva Now

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 06:33 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ocean thermal energy is produced from the contact of cold water from 2,000 feet below the ocean surface with surface water. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has given Lockheed Martin two grants totaling $1 million to research how to use that interface to generate electricity. First off? A GIS:

But first, Lockheed Martin will invest the initial grant funds to develop a tool to estimate how much energy can be extracted from the ocean’s thermal layers. A Geographic Information System (GIS)-based dataset and software tool will be developed to allow users to estimate the potential power or cooling available from a region of the ocean.

- Greentech Media

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 06:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

And you are all saying “who”? I met Tara when he was the editor of Cadence magazine, one of the then two key CAD publications. He had me write a pretty important article, “The World Wide Web and the AutoCAD User,” in 1997. In 2000 I joined his company, Tenlinks as its GIS editor and soon we launched GIS Monitor. I can’t detail all of the things I learned from him about writing, business and the challenges of online publications.

I’m thrilled to note that he’s receiving the Joe Greco Community award, which “recognizes outstanding work in improving communication and developing community within the CAD industry, and is awarded in memory of Joe Greco, a past CAD Society president.” Tara receives the award for “his achievements as a pioneer of online CAD resources and communities and his philanthropic work for the entire CAD industry across the last 11 years.”

Tara’s philanthropic work is often powered by his bike and he is the only person I know who has ridden across the United States. This coming week he’ll do something else only a select few get to do: run the Boston Marathon.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

GfK GeoMarketing GmbH develops digital maps for the insurance industry. These maps are made under contract to CRESTA (Catastrophe Risk Evaluating and Standardizing Target Accumulations), an “organisation ... established by the insurance and reinsurance industry in 1977 as an independent body for the technical management of natural hazard coverage.”

GfK provides the data to CRESTA, which hosts it for use online (CRESTA.org), but also sells the files. It seems some unauthorized person has acquired the digital data, which is illegal. GfK has offered a reward for finding the culprits and requests the help of the community in tracking down those behind this theft.

- press release, GfK PR

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/13 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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