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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

At the recent meeting of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) meeting in Washington DC, June 8 and 9, committee chairman, Dr. David Cowen, provided these key summary recommendations to the Federal Geographic Data Commitee (FGDC):

RECOMMENDATION:  The NGAC commends the U.S. Department of Transportation (US-DOT) for developing the new Transportation for the Nation (TFTN) Strategic Plan through the engagement of the stakeholder community.  The NGAC encourages US-DOT to develop a business plan as the next step in the development of TFTN. In addition, the committee had a discussion about possible impacts on LiDAR data collections from potential new Federal Aviation Administration rules related to laser pointers aimed at aircraft.  The NGAC approved the following recommendation:

RECOMMENDATION:  The NGAC recommends that the FGDC work collaboratively with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to avoid adverse impacts to the geospatial community in the implementation of potential FAA statutory or regulatory language banning the use of laser pointers aimed at aircraft.  The members of the NGAC are concerned that the potential new language may result in adverse impacts to data collections using LiDAR (Light Detecting And Ranging) and similar technologies.  The NGAC is concerned that the broad nature of the laser pointer language could cause unintended consequences to LiDAR collection activities, resulting in impacts to government programs, industry, and the public.  The NGAC is willing to provide recommendations to the FGDC and FAA, as needed, to help provide the perspective of the geospatial community on this issue.

Another action that came out of the meeting was to have the Workforce Development subcommittee complete a white paper on "strategies to meet the expanding geospatial workforce needs of public and private-sector organizations."

As noted above, one of the major efforts of the FGDC is the Transportation for the Nation (TFTN) strategic plan (PDF). What I found interesting in this document is a discussion of the "pros and cons" of nationwide road centerline data that are being considered as assets for long and short range goals for TFTN. Now included in the data asset inventory are OpenStreetMap and Esri's Community Base Map (CBM) programs. And so, the "inputs" for nationwide centerline data includes three main catorities: TIGER, Commercial (TomTom, NAVTEQ) and "volunteered" (OSM, Esri CBM).

So, what's the cost of develping TFTN? The FGDC is not as yet sure but simply developing the plan (TFTN Business pland + development of protoypes) will cost $450,000. But according to the TFTN strategic plan, "In many ways, this strategic plan hinges on the ability of independent governmental programs being able to work together for increased efficiencies." I think that's the understatement of the year.

All reports from the NGAC's June meeting can be found on the FGDC website.

by Joe Francica on 06/22 at 06:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The convenient access to drugs is one reason why high rates of HIV and AIDS exist in neighborhoods along I-95, based on a new map released by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta.

The map -- unveiled three decades after the first federal announcement on AIDS -- vividly illustrates how the disease is spread along the 1,925-mile-long corridor. From New Haven, Conn., to Miami, the map shows that I-95 represents a swath hardest hit by HIV and AIDS.

The Delaware paper analyzes the data and the impact of I-95 on the spread of AIDS.

- News Journal

A recent study on life expectancy in the US shows its dropping in some areas. But the patterns tell a different story:

“The critical insight this work underscores is something that we’ve known for years — that both health and health care are produced locally,” said Elliott Fisher, a physician at Dartmouth Medical School who studies regional variations.

- WaPo

The GPS-enabled enhaler may be available for purchase next year. Wisconsin's Asthmapolis plans to put it on the market.

"The best way to understand how people are managing their asthma is to record the time and place they're using their medications," Chief Technology Officer Greg Tracy told me.  "Doctors can determine if patients have problems at night or during the day, at work or at home."

The real question I think: will it be covered by insurance?


by Adena Schutzberg on 06/22 at 04:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Michael Halbherr, one-time CEO of Gate5, which Nokia acquired in 2006, has been appointed executive vice president to spearhead Nokia's revised mission in mobile and location-based services. He'll lead the new Location & Commerce business, built from NAVTEQ business and Nokia's social location services operations and report to CEO Stephen Elop. "The Location & Commerce business will develop a new class of integrated social location products and services for consumers, as well as platform services and local commerce services for device manufacturers, application developers, internet services providers, merchants, and advertisers." Larry Kaplan, CEO of NAVTEQ, will be in the new business until year end. (It's not clear what he'll do after that.)

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/22 at 03:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is holding a joint subcommittee hearing June 23 (Thursday) on the impact of LightSquared's proposed satellite/terrestrial broadband network on GPS systems in particular and aviation and marine safety in general.

9 am EDT and it will be webcast.

via BroadcastingCable

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/22 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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