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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Makerere University College of Health Sciences, in Kampala, Uganda will receive a grant of $500,000(Shs1.2b) for three years from Grand Challenges Canada and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide information for the development of diagnostic devices and a GIS. The grant is on behalf of the East African Community. The GIS, best I can decipher can help with both where the device can help the most people, but also where it can in fact run and be sustainable. Heat and dust have meant  some devices are no longer usable after a "short time." I suppose it could also help device developers create products that can withstand the elements in different areas.

- All Africa

The Health Board in Estonia is asking who have undergone breast augmentation to determine the type of their implants and help the agency to map the use of the hazardous PIP silicon gel prosthesis. Tracking who used the devices is complex and they have gone under many different brand names. Women are asked to contact the Board with details to help build the map and track down others who may be impacted.


Azavea released the Emergency Medical Center Locator application, which locates the nearest emergency medical facilities in 101 countries including the U.S. It's available as a free download through iTunes. The application was built for the Biomedical Research and Education Foundation, whose mission is to provide unbiased information resources about biomedical products for patients and their physician.

- Philly Biz Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/28 at 05:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ok, well, you might have heard of them, but I have not heard of Crimedar, Mapacrime and Sgo (SureteGlobale.Org). CloudTweak cites them as the crime mapping startups to watch in 2012.

CrimeDar is built on Bing and Silverlight and includes a crowdsourcing component, but has limited coverage (mostly in Michigan) with offical police and their data.

SGO appears to be a services company moving on to products. Per CloudTweak, a KML analysis file to be used on the platform of your choice. The solution is for law enforcement rather than the public, and will include crime analytics and hotspot analysis. The company is based in France.

Mapacrime is an offshoot of HarassMap (which is itself build on CrowdMap, which is built on Ushahidi) and uses crowdsourced information to track crimes in Pakistan.

It's hard to imagine any of these unseating, CrimeReports and other efforts gathering momentum at least here in the U.S.

- CloudTweaks

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/28 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

State Rep. Pete Lee would like to lend a hand to promising local, small-but-growing businesses. One bill that the Colorado Springs Democrat plans to push in the 2012 legislative session would promote statewide establishment of "economic gardening."

Economic gardening is a concept first explored in Littleton. The idea is to offer businesses technical assistance, such as data from geographic information systems, or GIS, that will give them a clearer and fuller understanding of their community and customers.

- Colorado Springs Independent

The city of L.A.'s transportation department released an interactive online map of bike lanes and routes this week, the first of its kind from the agency.

The map shows existing and planned bikeways from the city’s bicycle master plan, a measure passed by the Los Angeles City Council in March 2011 that calls for an eventual network of 1,680 miles of linked bikeways.

- LA Times Blog

St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood now its own GIS, thanks to a member of the Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Tait Danielson Castillo. He's using it to map crimes, trees and other data avilable from the city. And, he's using the GIS in unique ways, per one local GIS user.

"The way he's using it, I don't think it's common at all," said Jeff Matson, coordinator of the Community GIS Program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota. "I've been waiting forever for someone to run with it like he has."

- Star Tribune

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/28 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

With its tenth satellite in orbit, Beidou, the Chinese equivalent to GPS, is "operational." China plans six more satellite launches before the end of 2012 and a total of 35 by 2020. 

If the translation is accurate, Chinese officials are unclear on how the systems works. 

Beidou now offered location, timing and navigation data to China and surrounding areas announced the project's spokesman Ran Cheng.

The interface control document is available in English (pdf).


by Adena Schutzberg on 12/27 at 05:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

When was the last time a company doing GIS got funded (not an LBS one or a social media one)? Beehive Industries of Lincoln, NE just announced an investment from Nebraska Global.

"Beehive is an excellent fit for us as the teams can really leverage veteran technology with deep domain expertise to create an entire asset management platform that makes competitive options look generally bloated at best; in price, licensing terms, and lagging technology," Patrick Smith..., principal and COO of Nebraska Global, said in a release.

I covered Beehive just last month when I explored Kearney, NE's GIS solution.

- Silicon Prarie News

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/27 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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