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Monday, January 09, 2012

Who is thinking spatially? Who has put government expenditures on a geographical information system (GIS) platform? In Canada, you can ask for anything and they’ll pull up a GIS map that will tell you, for instance, where the police stations are. We don’t have anything of the sort.

Indira Rajaraman is a fiscal economist and visiting professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. This quote from Tehelka is part of her concerns about the Indian economy and support her her statement, "The world sees India as a country without a government."
by Adena Schutzberg on 01/09 at 05:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A Canadian paper now offers a map where readers can post details of where they see debris from the Japanese earthquake of 2011.

Now, The Province is offering an interactive map on its web-site where readers can post the sites where they find Japanese debris. Simply log on to and follow the instructions.

- The Province

In the Horn of Africa, Somalia makes headlines, but often only because of drought, famine, crisis and insecurity. Al Jazeera launched Somalia Speaks to help amplify stories from people and their everyday lives in the region -- all via SMS.

Somalia Speaks is a collaboration between Souktel, a Palestinian-based organization providing SMS messaging services, Ushahidi, Al Jazeera, Crowdflower, and the African Diaspora Institute. "We wanted to find out the perspective of normal Somali citizens to tell us how the crisis has affected them and the Somali diaspora," Al Jazeera's Soud Hyder said in an interview.

It's great to see crowdsourced, geotagged news in one of the world's most challenged places.

- MediaShift Blog

Want to thank our troops? How about letting them know from where the greetings come? How about a crowdourced Thank You map? That's what the USO created.

- South Brunswick Patch

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/09 at 03:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The fact that many GIS professionals, architects and academics are "thinking" about the design aspect of project planning before beginning a project is in itself recognition that geodesign has established itself as an effective tool for modeling, visualization and collaboration.

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by Joe Francica on 01/09 at 12:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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