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Friday, September 23, 2011

On Thursday LightSquared finally with which GPS company it partnered to create a filtering solution that it suggests will solve issue with GPS interference (press release). The company? JAVAD. The Amercian Surveyor interviewed JAVAD at the Survey and Engineering Summit (videos). LightSquared offers an interview from Goldman Sachs 20th Annual Communacopia Conference that explains the solution here.

The Save our GPS Coalition made this statement in response:

LightSquared has, as usual, oversimplified and greatly overstated the significance of the claims of a single vendor to have ‘solved’ the interference issue. There have been many vendor claims that have not proven out in rigorous tests and the demanding tests of marketplace acceptance. Moreover, this is not a one-size-fits-all situation and a few prototypes does not a solution make. The estimated 750,000 to 1 million high-precision GPS receivers now in use in the United States vary widely: there are hundreds of different high-precision devices used in performing thousands of different tasks. High-precision GPS supports a wide variety of uses, including agriculture, construction, aviation, surveying and many scientific and safety-of-life applications. 

LightSquared also ignores that fact that availability of new products, even if confirmed, does not address this very large existing base of equipment. If and when solutions are available, LightSquared must accept responsibility for paying to replace the existing base of existing equipment with new products. 

In any case, this is not an issue that can be solved with a LightSquared press release. As the FCC and NTIA recently recognized, more testing is necessary to evaluate interference impacts under LightSquared’s latest technical proposals. We welcome the participation of Javad in those tests.
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/23 at 08:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Scofield Middle School and a few students and teachers from its sister school , the Middle School Attached to Shandong University, shared a STEM lesson in Stamford this week lookng at the school’s water testing project which uses GIS.

GIS software is similar to Google Earth in that it can display maps, terrain and imagery. According to Hare, however, GIS trumps Google Earth in its ability to display images and incorporate data, such as pH levels of water or quality of plant life. Scofield students and teachers use this technology to research water traits in Bendels Pond and in the Long Island Sound to learn about water pollution and factors that influence it.

- Stamford Patch

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities launched a new Web site today [Monday Sept 19] that maps every historically black college in the United States. Users can click on a college and see how many degrees it awards each year and how many it needs to award to contribute toward President Obama’s goal of making the country No. 1 in degrees conferred by 2020. 

- Chronicle of Higher Ed

Men's Health ranked the most educated cities in the U.S. Madison, WI was number one. Boston got a B at 21st place. And, no I have no idea why Men's Health would do that other than to sell magazines....but below the scores (A, B, C, etc.) was this:

Understand Your Planet

It's a small world, but maybe not small enough: Only 20 percent of high school seniors have a solid grasp of global geography, according to a new Department of Education report. "If people were more geographically literate, they would better understand political issues," says William Gaudelli, Ed.D., an associate professor of social studies and education at Columbia University. Ask your rep in Congress to back a bill called the Teaching Geography Is Fundamental Act to help fund geography training for schoolteachers.

Nope, I don't know to what report the author points, but it's nice MH likes geography.

- Men's Health

The University of Peshawar (UoP) has launched a new four-year programme of Geomatic (GIS and Remote Sensing) at the Institute of Geography, Urban and Regional Planning in order to prepare students in the filed of Geoinformatics besides providing a stimulating and quality atmosphere to bring positive changes in their approaches.

There's is also a two year masters degree.

Pakistan Observer

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/23 at 03:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

D Magazine (that's for Dallas) is looking for feedback on its rendering of neighborhoods in the city. The goal is to use these for identifying bars, restaurants, etc. so residential areas are not so important.

- D Magazine

What Was There is a crowdsourced effort to tag old photos so we can look back in time either on a map or via cell phone app ("augmented reality -ish" it seems you have to georef the photos).

The premise is simple: provide a platform where anyone can easily upload a photograph with two straightforward tags to provide context: Location and Year. If enough people upload enough photographs in enough places, together we will weave together a photographic history of the world (or at least any place covered by Google Maps). So wherever you are in the world, take a moment to upload a photograph and contribute to history!

- via engadget

CrowdFlower, the leader in enterprise crowdsourcing, today announced general availability of the industry's first enterprise crowdsourcing platform to address the data management needs of Fortune 500 companies. Built on the patent-pending CrowdEngine technology system, CrowdFlower's technology platform enables companies to streamline large-scale business processes and obtain automated, high-quality results at exceptionally low costs. Examples include eCommerce product categorization, SEO content creation, business and marketing data verification and enrichment, and brand sentiment analysis.

This sounds more like Amazon's Mechanical Turk than what I expected.

- press release

The Bermuda Cultural Map Trust announced the launch of  ’Are you on the map?’, a campaign designed to offer organizations and individuals involved in Bermuda’s creative and cultural industries a no-cost marketing and cross-promotion opportunity.

The Bermuda Cultural Map Trust is a Bermuda-registered charity whose vision is to provide a platform for Bermuda’s creative and cultural assets and explore how they can contribute to Bermuda economically, socially and culturally.

The Trust oversees the development and management of the Bermuda Cultural Map, a Google Maps-based directory that is fully editable and extendable with user-controlled updates.


by Adena Schutzberg on 09/23 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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