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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The current debate in Washington, D.C. regarding cybersecurity legislation (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA.) focuses on the protection of critical infrastructure such as the national electricity grid and our financial banking system.

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by Joe Francica on 04/24 at 06:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Space Enterprise Council of TechAmerica, a lobbying organization in Washington, D.C., is hosting a forum on the state of commerical remote sensing and specifically on the status of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's EnhanceView contract. The forum will be held Friday April 27, 9 - 10 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325. In a statement from the Council, they commented that,

Proposed cuts in the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request will have a profound impact on the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s Enhanced View (EV) Program. A weakened U.S. commercial imagery industrial base would create a real opportunity for foreign competitors, particularly in Europe, to take over the industry.  The Pentagon’s budget decision may damage a vital U.S. industry, impact national security, allow foreign competitors to acquire U.S. organic capabilities, and or force U.S. government consumers to go without this much-needed capability.

Representatives from GeoEye, Google, ITT Exelis and NOAA are expected to speak at the forum.

by Joe Francica on 04/24 at 05:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Telegraph shares a map and evaluation of French wine over the past three decades.  Mayfair-based Berry Bros and Rudd, wine merchant to the Queen, provides the data that include quailty ratings and suggestions as to what to do with each vitage (drink, lay down, etc.). It's a very elegant display of information.

- The Telegraph

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 05:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The city offers a $1.99 iPhone app that allows locals to take pictures of graffiti and report them to the 311 system. Grafitti clean up is ideally the responsibility of the property owner, but if they don't clean it up, the city will do so - and then bill the property owner.

This is the first "for fee" crowdsourcing app I've seen for a municipality. It's not quite in the spirit of other similar efforts.

 - Blog.To via TechDirt

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 05:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Esri Australia GIS in Health specialist Jeremy Pytel said the audit [in the Australian state of Victoria]used GIS technology to map and analyse complex patient health care data and deliver an insight into mortality rates.

The press release does not share any such insights nor link to any maps.

- press release

An artilcle at HealthLeaders Media discusses the use of GIS for recruiting medical staff. One story of note:

For instance, when 885-bed Stanford University Medical Center decided to add more nurses to the 2,700 registered nurses it currently employs, Schutt used GIS to learn more about the nurses already working at organization as well as those in the area. Using the combined internal and external analytics on the workforce data, the leaders could see a dot-map of details about the staff. The map indicated where pools of nurses with the right skill set were located and it also showed the system's current nursing supply and licensure levels, and other key recruiting details such as employee commuting patterns and distance traveled to work. 

"The data showed us that on average nurses at Stanford lived within 12 miles of the hospital," says Schutt. "It also showed us that a large number of nurses would be nearing retirement."

Not only would the health system need to fill new openings but it may need to fill many more in the near future, explains Schutt, a 20-year human resources veteran who has worked for organizations such as Nortel, HP, and Kaiser Permanente. The GIS map included regional nurse geo-analytics, so HR could pinpoint where to look for new recruits. 

- HealthLeaders Media

Whittlesea in Victoria is more likely to see deaths form a heatwave than a fire.

Whittlesea council’s relief and recovery co-ordinator, Andrew Tierney, told a council-run workshop on community vulnerability and resilience that residents should take heat-related illnesses seriously.

‘‘Heatwave is far and away our greatest risk,’’ he said.

‘‘People don’t take it seriously; they think fire is more dangerous. But the five-day heatwave in 2009 killed 374 people statewide, far more than the Black Saturday fires.’’

Mr Tierney said geospatial mapping, which applies statistical analysis and other techniques to geographic data, had shown that Lalor and Thomastown were ‘‘heat sinks’’.

Those most suseptible to the heat? Older migrants for whom English is not a first language.
by Adena Schutzberg on 04/24 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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