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Friday, April 15, 2011

Microsoft is making the three hour plus content available for video and audio download. Here's the website for the workshop.

"The format of the workshop is designed to inform, provoke and encourage discussion. We will start with getting the non-governmental and policy perspective, and work our way via the corporate perspective to the concerns and viewpoints of state and federal governments."


Puneet Kishor, UW-Madison

Steve Coast, OpenStreetMap

Tim Vollmer, Creative Commons

Ed Parsons, Google

Paul Uhlir, National Research Council

Greg Babinski, King County, WA

Cy Smith, NSGIC

Tim Trainor, US Census Bureau

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/15 at 02:24 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A reader at the World Bank shares this news:

As part of the World Bank’s new Policy on Access to Information and building on the success of the Open Data initiative, the World Bank launched the interactive Mapping for Results (M4R) platform in October 2010. The initiative visualizes the location of World Bank projects to better monitor project and impact on people; to enhance transparency and social accountability; and to enable citizens and other stakeholders to provide direct feedback.

For the 2011 World Bank Spring Meetings, the World Bank has released maps of the subnational locations of active projects of all 79 IDA countries. For select countries, the Mapping for Results platform provides not only geographic information of WB-financed programs at the sub-national level, but also allows users to overlay disaggregated poverty and human development data (i.e. infant mortality rates). An experienced team of researchers geo-coded more than 16,000 project locations for more than 2,700 active Bank activities across 105 countries including all IDA recipient countries. The local project data has been made available to the public through the API of the Open Data Initiative ( the Bank's new Policy on Access to Information.  

...As part of the World Bank - IMF Spring Meetings, we would like to invite you to a session on “Democratizing Development through Open Data ” organized by the World Bank and AidInfo. Open Data and innovative visualization such as the Mapping for Results Initiative are a powerful tool for civil society organizations and citizens. These new approaches can increase government responsiveness, transform the way public services are delivered to citizens, and enhance transparency and accountability of development assistance. Open data combined with social media and new technologies have the potential to empower citizens to communicate directly with governments and service providers. The event will take place on: Friday, April 15, 2011, 12:15-2:00 pm, World Bank Main Building.

Webcast access is also available.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/15 at 05:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

 ISPRS Commission VIII, Working Group 2 (Health) 2 is proud to announce its symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health. This 2-day event focuses on applications of geospatial technologies for human health and well-being to integrate environment with health sciences. The venue is the La Fonda Hotel located at the historic plaza in Santa Fe, NM USA, Sept 9-11.

- Call for Papers

A study in Japan of where people had heart attacks and their survival concludes those in denser areas do better.

After adjustment for age, sex, cause of arrest, first aid by bystander and the proportion of neighborhood elderly people [greater than or equal to]65 yrs, patients in very high-density areas had a significantly higher survival rate (odds ratio (OR), 1.64; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.44 - 1.87; p<0.001) and neurologically favorable 1-month survival rate (OR, 1.47; 95%CI, 1.22 - 1.77; p<0.001) compared with those in very low-density areas.Conclusion Living in a low-density area was associated with an independent risk of delay in ambulance response, and a low survival rate in cases of OHCA. Distribution of EMS centers according to population size may lead to inequality in health outcomes between urban and rural areas.

- 7th Space

A spatio-temporal study of malaria in China over several years yields these results:

Even in a small traditional malaria endemic area, malaria incidence has a significant spatial and temporal heterogeneity on the finer spatial and temporal scales. The scan statistics enable the description of this spatiotemporal heterogeneity, helping with clarifying the epidemiology of malaria and prioritizing the resource assignment and investigation of malaria on a finer geographical scale in endemic areas.

- 7th Space

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/15 at 03:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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