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Thursday, April 05, 2012

From InformationWeek comes this article on "big data" and illustrates the problems facing several governement agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey:

The Obama Administration last week unveiled a "Big Data Research and Development Initiative" that will see at least six government agencies making $200 million in additional investments to "greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data."

Yes, the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the National Institute of Health are doing very different types of data-driven research and analyses, but they're all grappling with the use of unstructured data and large-scale machine data, they're all pushing the envelope on data mining, and they're all looking for better data visualization and reporting techniques.

by Joe Francica on 04/05 at 01:29 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

We asked Garmin's Jim Alpiser at the Aircraft Electronics show in Washington, D.C. if this signals the beginning of the end for big ticket portable GPS. "We recognized that the tablets on the market today are very attractive for a lot of reasons. It allows, number one, to get a giant display in the cockpit and get charts on there," Alpiser told us in this podcast recorded at the AEA show.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/05 at 04:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

UN Ambassador Betty King spoke to the conference “Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the United Nations and the International Community”organized by UNITAR’s operational Satellite Application Programme (UNOSAT) and Esri, at the WMO in Geneva, Switzerland April 3-5.

It's very rah, rah GIS and includes a few specific exmaples of GIS use and a nod to STEM education.

- U.S Mission Geneva

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/05 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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