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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Yesterday David DiBiase, in his role as as a "project advisor" with the GeoTech Center, shared the news on Facebook that National Science Foundation declined to provide the center with a second round of funding. The four years of funding ran 2008-2012 under award 0801893. (My colleague Joe Francica is also an advisor on the project.)

The GeoTech Center review meeting began this morning with the disappointing news that NSF declined to renew the Center’s funding for an additional four years. PI Philip Davis received the Program Officer’s email late last night. 

It's certainly a setback for community colleges and for the entire GIS education community. GeoTech is the closest thing we’ve had to an organization comparable in scale to NCGIA but wholly dedicated to geospatial education and training. Still, whether the GeoTech Center rebounds or not, some of its initiatives are too important to forsake. First and foremost, the GTCM needs to be updated, curated, and promoted—with or without NSF support. Now the task facing me and other project advisers is to help the team regroup, re-prioritize, and rethink next steps.

This is an unfortunate loss of funding; there is still much work to be done.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/09 at 04:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Westport, CT has a new Esri-based map viewer. The city is offering several 90 and 150 minute classes on using it. Good thing  - since I oculd not get the help to work. The old intro page says you must use IE not AOL or another browser. Safari worked fine.

- CT

The Franklin County, AL Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Consortium officially lauched its “virtual Franklin County,” also known as its public facing GIS. It's built on ArcGIS Viewer for Flex 2.

- Franklin County Times

The city of Southfield [MI] recently launched Destination Southfield, a collection of Geographic Information System -based sites that provide up-to-date interactive maps and information about city services, parks and polling locations. The information can be found at http://maps.cityofsouthfield.com/destinationsouthfield.

With Destination Southfield, the city has become one of the first communities in the country to take advantage of Environmental Systems Research Institute's local government common information model. ArcGIS for Local Government includes a series of maps and apps that are designed to work together across various city departments.

Silverlight. Interesting "hide and seek" menus.

- Hometown Life

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/09 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today they are partnering to enhance the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) for the Arctic region by summer 2012. ERMA® is the same interactive online mapping tool used by federal responders during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This effort will help address numerous challenges in the Arctic where increasing ship traffic and proposed energy development are increasing the risk of oil spills and chemical releases.

That's all good, but isn't the ultimate goal for these sorts of efforts to use Geoplatform.gov? Maybe since that technology is still in beta, these groups went with a tested solution.

- NOAA press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/09 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

...the latest news appears to be the Trimble Yuma, a rugged tablet from SDG Systems that now runs Ubuntu Linux.

Targeting military and industrial applications requiring data collection, inspection, and reporting from the field, the Linux-powered Yuma can be used with geospatial software including GRASS GIS and Quantum GIS as well as other standard or custom Linux-based applications. The device is available starting at $3695 on SDG's website.

- PC World

The Trimble Juno series provides a complete, integrated package of positioning, imaging and communications for flexibility. Two versions are available. The Juno 3B has an integrated GPS, a 5 MP autofocus camera and Windows Mobile software. The Juno 3D includes all of the features of the Juno 3B plus 3G wireless technology, which allows users to transfer data faster and stay connected to the office with an integrated mobile phone.

press release

TomTom has made a landmark move into the insurance market by providing the technology behind a new insurance product, which bases premiums on driving behaviour.

TomTom has teamed up with insurance broker Motaquote for the launch of Fair Pay Insurance – a product that rewards 'good' drivers with lower premiums.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/09 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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