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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Update: The MRSA Atlas is live here. Powered by ArcGIS Server; registration required.

—- original post 10/26/10—-

The NY Times has a great infographic highlighting how simple and often geographic(!) changes in the lunch room can impact what students eat. When it comes to selecting in the cafeteria, geography matters!

- NY Times

Flu researchers are using a synthetic population mirroring U.S. deomgraphics and geography created by the National Institutes of Health at RTI International in North Carolina to model the spread of the disease. The data? Census 2000 + LandScan.

- Medical News Today

Researchers are launching an atlas of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) the superbug with about a 20% mortality rate to help medical personel on the front lines fight it. There’s a webinar on Oct 27 about it. “The atlases and the maps produced by the National Minority Quality Forum database are available for exclusive use by advocacy groups and similar nonprofit organizations and by policy makers (government employees; members of local and national judicial, executive, and legislative branches; and their aides). “

- press release with webinar details

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/27 at 01:59 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

ReadWriteWeb analyzes Compete’s latest stats on the most visited sites and focuses on the meaningful numbers: the change from last month or last year. Of note from a mapping standpoint, in the top 50 sites:

Unsurprisingly, Myspace saw a 19% loss over the year, while Mapquest lost 22% and Flickr lost nearly 17%.

I’m surprised there’s still that much to lose after so many years of Google Maps and Bing Maps and…

- RWW
- Compete PR

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/27 at 01:39 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Looking at the maps, we need to scatter the dots a little bit better.”

Iowa City council member Mike Wright in response to a map showing the city’s publicly subsidized housing, including its 786 Section 8 housing vouchers in use in rentals. It showed a higher concentration of city-owned public housing on the city’s east and southeast sides. He was quoted in the Press Citizen.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/27 at 10:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Proposals due Jan 6, 2010. Announcement Feb/Mar 2011.

- details via @gletham

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/27 at 07:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sources report that Google Maps will not be licensed in China. The whole licensing issue will be reorganized late this year or early in 2011.

- Marbridge Daily

“Google Boost is a new online ad program that lets business owners build search ads from their Google Places account. The goal is to make the ads contextually relevant.”

- eWeek
- Google Lat Long Blog

After all the recent issues on Google privacy concerns and Street View, CEO Schmidt was interviewed on CNN. His response to those concerned? “Street View, we drive exactly once. So, you can just move, right?” Apparently, he meant to highlight that the data is not real time.

- Search Engine Watch

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/27 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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