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Monday, November 29, 2010

The organization’s letter to The Honorable P. Michele Ellison, Bureau Chief of the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) includes references to the investigations into Google’s StreetView data capture and the content of a proposed privacy bill (HR 5777). The letter is dated Nov 12, 2010.

- pdf of letter

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/29 at 11:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


The National University of Rwanda surveying geospatial data users in the country to determine their needed datasets and vision for data sharing. The results in summary:

The three datasets most sought after are fundamental datasets. These are administrative boundaries data accounting for 25% of all spatial datasets used, topographic maps (15%) and orthophotos (14%). Free access to spatial data in Rwanda is the most supported option among organisations using geospatial technology (60%). The major barrier to spatial data sharing identified is the lack of a national spatial data policy especially, the need for a spatial data sharing policy in organizations.



Should Fiji share its geodata? Pemanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Filimone seems to suggest that fees are appropriate. PSI refers to the Public Sector Information, that used for government projects.

“But will the public sector forego the charging issues when its public knowledge in Fiji and the world over that we cannot even curb piracy in movies,” he said.

“What guarantee there is that PSI can be used by some including non-citizens of this country who do not pay taxes for commercial gains.

“I understand that some government ministries are charging transaction costs through agreement licenses but I guess the question remains is whether all geospatial experts should have access to any data and does standardisation only means compatibility without costs.”

I’m not sure I follow the movie piracy comparison.
- Fiji Times


Nepal’s Central Bureau of Statistics has decided to not use GPS to (CBS) in its first ever post-war census. Lack of funding and finding staffers to use the technology underlie the decision. A dress rehearsal revealed the challenges.


by Adena Schutzberg on 11/29 at 08:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If Google does not have the appropriate license to run its mapping sites in China by July 1, 2011, the government states it willl investigate and prosecute the company. There are no details on what penalties might be applied. Microsoft is currently applying for licenses.

- Computerworld

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/29 at 08:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If you are working toward transparency on your local municipality website, the Illinois Policy Institute offers 10 guidelines to help cover the bases. Clearly these are needed because the top players that were audited in the state got only about 50 out of 100 points!

- (Downer’s Grove, Illinois)

To help navigate this terrain, staff members in the city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) developed NYCityMap, a Web-based interactive mapping application that offers a one-stop information shop for those on the prowl. And the cost to utilize this tool? Nada, zip, zilch — it’s free.

It uses GeoServer and Dojo.

- DigitalCommunities

John Morgan III, a professor in the Towson (Maryland) department of geography and environmental planning, has introduced a new map to provide information on the cause of a natural disaster, terrorist attack or other emergencies. Maryland safeMAP, a graphical interface map will provide the public with relevant geographical information for use in the case of an emergency. Next up? Expanding it beyond Maryland.

- The Tower Light

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/29 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Chris Tucker argues at the Huffington Post that the President’s Daily Brief, a small packet of well vetted information should be updated to an interactive product. In particular, the new Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper should insure an interactive map supports all the topics.

We are at an inflection point in how intelligence could and should be conveyed. We could abandon the outmoded and inadequate PDB framework for informing the President and his national security principals. We could embrace a new metaphor. Not a short paper brief—but, rather, an interactive digital mapping interface that is integrated into all of the datastores in the national security community. The President’s Map. And, we happen to have the right DNI, James R. Clapper, to make this happen.

- HuffPo

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/29 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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