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Thursday, February 17, 2011

This from the Geospatial Revolution Project Team:

Special versions of Geospatial Revolution Episodes 1 and 2 will broadcast on the Big Ten Network from 12 pm to 1 pm on Feb 21. The broadcast includes bonus panel discussions with Penn State experts. Oh, and if you've not seen Episode 2 watch it now! There's a great quote from a senior fellow at UPS that you will want to write down and staple to your forehead. 

Episode 3 goes live on March 1 and features:

  • The use of geospatial technologies in waging precision warfare
  • Historic innovations in negotiating peace
  • Interview segments with General Wesley Clark and NGA Director Letitia Long
  • The Redlands, CA, police force's use of geospatial technologies in ensuring public safety 

Episode 4 will be released on May 3 and features:

  • Our interconnected planet
  • Map Kibera
  • Disease tracking
  • The benefits and challenges of using predictive technologies for cultural, agricultural, and environmental issues.
by Adena Schutzberg on 02/17 at 09:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Livingston, NJ (I used to go to a Model Congress there when I was in high school) is looking at implementing GIS. Some are for, some against. The against argument:

Councilwoman Deborah Shapiro questioned the town's need for the mapping system at this point, citing the town's ability to improve the residents' quality of life since the 1970s without such a system. The project is expected to cost the town $188,000 to complete.

- Livingston Patch


With the help of application maker Citysourced, the city [Redlands, CA] will offer residents the ability to send in repair tips through their cell phones.

The free application, Redlands 311, can be downloaded to Androids, BlackBerrys, iPhones and Windows 7 phones. The application enables users to report problems, along with details and locations, directly to the department tasked with addressing those issues. ... Hexem said that because Redlands is considered an early implementer, it received a discount on the application. A city staff report said the city would save about $7,500 by being one of the first to use the program.

San Bernardino Sun

The Halton District School Board (Canada) is planning to put up a portal so parents can see how the determination is made on which students get bused to school and which are not. It's pretty complicated: "The measurement is from property line to property line, not door to door, and the route is never measured going through another property." Officials are not even sure if the new GIS software can do that online. 

- Inside Halton



by Adena Schutzberg on 02/17 at 05:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


Residents have been input concerns about traffic light outages, garbage, graffitti and ice for some time, but the were only aggregated by ZIP Code.  Now, they are searchable via a map in 15 categories.  Visitors can access complaints filed in the last year that are unresolved, or that have been resolved in the last five days.The map which was so popular Feb 16, launch day, it was up and down as demand ebbed and flowed. The 311 system, which gets about 60,000 complaints a day. And the raw data is on the way for developers and maybe an API!


- NY Post

- AP

- Tech President

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/17 at 04:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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