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Monday, June 27, 2011

A source close to Google says that Google has changed how it processes location requests, thus limited the sharing of locations of mobile devices. CNET reported on such sharing earlier in June. Exactly what has changed is not clear, but CNET reports it's seen a change.

Out of approximately 3,000 MAC addresses that CNET tested over the last few days, not one delivered a location from Google's database. Before June 15, Google's database showed them as appearing in locations as varied as [the U.S., China].


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by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 04:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Azavea is among nine Certified B Corporations in Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek list of 25 organizations that could be named ‘America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneur’ of 2011. What's a B Corporation?

Certified B Corporations are a new type of corporation that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. To earn certification, B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legal accountability, and public transparency. There are more than 400 Certified B Corps from over 60 industries. Investors are showing increasing interest in these high-impact businesses. A JPMorgan research report labeled impact investments as an “emerging asset class” with profit potential in the hundreds of billions over the next decade.

You can vote for the most promising at BizWeek, after reviewing the 25 contenders in a slide show. Top five vote getters will be announced July 19.

- press release from B Lab

- BusinessWeek listing for Azavea

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 04:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
Disclosing this here today, Local Bodies and Industries Minister  [of Punjab] Mr. Tikshan Sud said that GIS would be started in the cities including Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda and Pathankot by October 31st of this year, which would be further implemented in remaining districts of the state.
Sud said that under this prestigious project of National Urban Information System, a total 137 cities has been chosen from across the country for initiating GIS and out of total 6 cities of Punjab has been adopted. Elaborating the GIS, the Minister said that with the implementation of GIS by October this year, complete information of these cities would be complied on GIS.
Chennai, the city in India is getting bigger. And GIS is involved - or at least Google Maps.
The delimitation of wards will be crucial to the expansion. The corporation set the boundaries for the delimitation based on census 2001. A special geographical information system (GIS) cell at Ripon Buildings worked on the boundaries using Google maps, a web-mapping service application from the popular search engine. The nine municipalities, eight town panchayats and 25 village panchayats were given print-outs of these maps to mark the boundaries. "These were then converted through GIS software and geo-reference boundaries were developed," sources told TOI.

A digital map marking where important historic events for the Communist Party of China (CPC) took place is available from the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation. It requires a plug-in.

- China Daily

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 03:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

WellPoint's affiliated health plans have launched an emergency room program and education campaign incorporating Google Maps to make it easier to find and use retail health clinics and urgent care centers for non-emergency conditions when regular physicians are not available.

- press release

CEHI's Community Assessment Project [Durham, NC] aims to measure the role of such factors on human health, particularly that of women and children. Researchers will layer the data gleaned from the May-September field collection with current information on tax values, crime, demographics and locations of health care providers, schools and day care centers.

This summer's collection will cover 30,000 tax parcels and look "for everything from foundation damage, to dead animals, to security signs. He said the scale of the study, involving such a great chunk of the city, makes it stand out from others he's reviewed."

The Community Assessment Project is tied to a birth outcome study called Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby in which pregnant women are assessed during doctor's appointments for health and quality of life. The health of their babies is assessed after they're born, and information about their neighborhoods figures into the overall analysis.

The Herald-Sun

Why might readmissions to the hospital in one Denver Zip Code be so high? Mapping the data on health care and the nature of the community might help reveal the answer.

One northwest Denver ZIP code in the readmission pilot stood out with high rates of elderly residents returning to the hospital. Overlaying census data for the neighborhood shows an area in transition, with new Latino families moving in and white homeowners aging in place.


[Jane] Brock [medical officer of the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care] said further research could explore whether aging homeowners have few connections to their new neighbors and don't seek help with rides to the drugstore, grocery store or doctor.

Pilot studies are combing tabular and spatial data to help address this challenge: The sickest 1 percent of patients spend nearly 30 percent of a health system's money.

Denver Post via Spatial Sustain

A study that geocoded malaria cases in Brazil and used LANDSAT data (in a way I don't quite follow) confirmed:

Environmental factors and their alteration are associated with the occurrence and spatial distribution of malaria cases in rural settlements.

- 7th Space describing work in the Malaria Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/27 at 02:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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