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Friday, May 20, 2011

Speaking at the National Academy of Public Administration's forum on place-based public management, Michael Byrne, GIO of the Federal Communications Commission made a point about acquiring and using data not just within a government agency but for public consumption. "As a component of policy making, data products (from agencies) must have a fast time to market; because it becomes apparent that when we (at the FCC) make decisions that impacts a significant part of the GDP, we can't act on two year old data."

I'm glad to hear a public servant make it a point to say that government geospatial data products are not getting into the hands of the decision-makers fast enough. At least someone has recognized that holding onto data is not in the public interest whether its from internal sources or sources from a different agency.

by Joe Francica on 05/20 at 06:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Follow #napageospatial today for tweets on the forum, from among others, Joe Francica.

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by Joe Francica on 05/20 at 05:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sounds like a bit more of the same, but with more of a focus on protecting the children.

- PC Mag

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/20 at 05:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) added two new datasets to its OneMap platform. PropertyPrices shows the transacted prices of both private housing and Housing and Development Board (HDB) resale flats over the past year on a map. Space2Lease allows businesses to check for government properties available for rent by the SLA and HDB.

- Channel New Asia


Students, history lovers and Guyanese on the whole will now be able to experience fragments of the Columbus era, as well as gain some insightful knowledge on Guyana’s heritage at the Map Room situated at the Guyana National Museum.

- Stabroek News


Officials have removed road signs that warn drivers of speed traps. They've also removed maps of the locations of speed traps from the Web. The argument: roads are safer without out them. Opponents suggest the opposite is in fact true.

- Pyrenee News


A geographic information system (GIS) designed exclusively for bicycle riders in the greater Taipei area was launched Friday as part of the government's efforts government's efforts to make Taiwan a "cycling island."

It's a layer in the GIS available online and on phones. There's a social aspect that allows riders to upload routes and photos. Here in Massachusetts today is the end of Bike Week.

- Focus Taiwan

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/20 at 04:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved a Radford University degree program in geospatial sciences. It'll  begin in the fall and to graduate its first class in 2015.

I contact the university to confirm that students can pursue a BA or BS in the program.

- Radford University

A team of UNH students who proposed developing a web-based geographic information system (GIS) tool to assist emergency responders and campus managers during emergency incidents recently won the Whittemore School of Business and Economics Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market competition -- the oldest business plan competition in the state and one of the first in the nation.

UNH Campus Journal

Interested in studying, teaching and preserving the Earth, its resources and environment? Discover educational opportunities and careers in geosciences at Cal State L.A.’s 2011 Geography Career Day and Open House. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011,  4-7 p.m. 

- press release



by Adena Schutzberg on 05/20 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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