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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Australia

Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard committed her shoe leather to the issue of climate change but would have been far better to have spent some money on maps and people who can read them.

The local paper suggests a meeting on climate change was poorly attended because local residents did not get an invitation due to poor use of maps.

- Mirimbula Weekly News

Outside the U.S.

US AID is planning its own Geospatial Intelligence Center. 

The GeoCenter's goal will be to collect best practices from those missions and try to establish common data standards among both different missions and between USAID and other aid organizations working in a single country or region so data can be more easily shared. The group also plans to standardize, as much as possible, the metadata different missions and agencies use, said Carrie Stokes, another GeoCenter organizer, so different groups can confidently use the same maps and datasets without duplicating work.

- NextGov

The Phillipines

Don’t rebuild communities in areas where landslides had occurred.
 
This advice comes from Dr. Beatriz Cuevas-Jadina of the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, Leyte, who has been studying high-risk landslide areas in Leyte.
 
The VSU scientist made these recommendations based on her study entitled “GIS-Aided Bio-physical Characterization and Assessment of a Landscape in Relation to Landslide Occurrences.” GIS stands for geographic information.

I hope officials listen!

- The Phillipine Star

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 06:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
And one more fine from South Korea:

A South Korean regulatory body has fined Apple up to $3,000 fauthorized collection of data on iPhones.

In a statement obtained by AFP on Tuesday, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said, 'KCC decided to fine Apple Korea three million won for collecting location data despite the withdrawal of consent by some users."or the un

- PC Mag

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 05:41 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I can't say I'd heard much from ObjectFX in recent years and frankly has pretty much forgotten about the company. No word on the price, but the plan seems to be to grow the company via its continued service to the defense arena among others. The company has a CRADA with NGA.

... significant investments are underway for continued enhancements to SpatialRULES®, ObjectFX’s geospatial decision-support engine for analyzing massive streams of spatial and temporal data. “Both our commercial and government clients have asked for these advancements,” said the company’s new Chairman, Tim Fleischer. “We are excited about releasing the new features later this year.”

Also interesting to note: "With the acquisition and new ownership, ObjectFX becomes a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business" which may open more government contract doors.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 05:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The New York Police Department is launching a mobile radiation detection system equipped with location-tracking GPS technology that it says could help avert a so-called "dirty" bomb attack.

Two hundred ten officers stationed around the World Trade Center will wear the belt-mounted detectors said to be the first to use GPS (hard to believe, isn't it?). Permanently mounted sensors will also be used to help identify and locate dirty bombs.

- Reuters

The WHYY News and Civic Dialogue Director has partnered with GIS shop Azavea, the Daily News and others on Fix Philly Districts, an awareness campaign featuring a mock redistricting plan competition and civic engagement forums.

...Later this month, Azavea will host webinars on their sleek DistrictBuildersoftware, which will drive the contest, during which you, John Q. Public, will envision what the city’s legislative boundaries should look like and compete for $1,000, official presentation of your district plan and, you know, civic pride. TheDistrictBuilder software has been used nationwide for federal redistricting campaigns, an interest of Azavea founder Robert Cheetham.

It seems every state is having such a contest just using different software packages. What does that say about interest in redestricitng and the state of GIS?

- TechPhilly

It's a mess in the areas of the Civic Center in NY with lots of construction, but soon a city block sized map will be there to help locals and visitors find key buildings included court houses.

To help the wandering masses help themselves, Williams has been working for more than a year on a solution — the first comprehensive street map of the entire Civic Center to be posted in the area.

The map, slated to arrive later this month, will take up the length of a city block, and will hang as a series of banners ringing the construction site outside 26 Federal Plaza. It was designed by Poulin + Morris Inc.

It will be more thorough than some other posted street maps in the area, most of which only show a portion of the area around the Civic Center — for example, only showing the area south of Reade Street and not including the northern area near the courts.

- DNA Info
 

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 04:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A recent report from the National Audit Office (NAO) questions whether a £39.3 million project to run geographical information systems at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has delivered on the investment or if a new geographic information systems (GIS) strategy is needed.

The question does not seem to be if GIS is valuabel, but rather that processes are not in place to measure the benefits. So far only £9 million in benefits are documented, though they are expected to be far higher.

- Search Data Management

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/04 at 04:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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