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Friday, May 27, 2011

The Swansea University [UK] project will capture details of those living with MS such as when they were diagnosed, their symptoms and help they receive.

The MS Society said by knowing more about how people are affected, care and research can be targeted better.

- Registry


Woolworth's in Australia now offers an app to help people report found shopping carts (they call them trolleys). Everyone who reports one is entered in a monthly $1000 drawing.

Trolley Services Australia developed the app which works in conjunction with its existing Trolley Tracker hotline and website. The app uses the phone’s inbuilt GPS systems to locate the position of the lost trolley.

- Techworld

The U.S. government has mandated a move of many IT services to the cloud. Among them are upcomimg services from NASA that includes crowdsourcing.

NASA is launching Climate@Home, which will let users will help quantify uncertainty in existing weather and climate models. This service will allow NASA to collaborate directly with citizens in using NASA’s Earth Science data and modelling capabilities.

- FutureGov

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/27 at 05:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, authored the bill which says in essence: no warrant, no geolocation info. it's a far different vision than has been implemented in the past. The president's administration has asked the Supreme Court to look at the issue due to different interpretations of current law by federal judges (APB coverage).

Wired has the full text of the bill expected to be introduced to Congress on June 15.

- Wired

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/27 at 04:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Franklin County, AL put its GIS to good use after a tornado struck. But it would not have had the resource unless action happened in 2008.

The system started with David Palmer, Franklin County highway engineer, convincing 14 local entities to buy into the system back in 2008 that cost $350,000 in grants and local funds.

This year the challenge was hiring a GIS, which after some tabling was funded.

Times Daily

Franklin County PA is still in need of a county GIS and basemap.

"We think this is the most important investment for the county in its future," said L. Michael Ross, president of Franklin County Area Development Corp. "We are the only county between Dauphin County and Frederick County, Va., that does not have a base map. As we start to plan for growth, we anticipate that we will need the best planning tools. This is it."

- Chambersburg Public Opinion

Arizona is having redistricting map-a-thons!

The folks at the Competitive Districts Coalition are holding a series of “Map-a-Thons” around the state to educate members of the public about the redistricting process.

- Tuscson Citizen

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/27 at 04:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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