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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Board of Regents next week will consider state Education Department recommendations to make the global history and geography exam optional. Instead, students could take an additional math, science or vocational exam, starting with freshmen who enter high school in 2013.

Why? To focus on STEM topics that relate to jobs. Historians are noted as complaining, but no geographers.

- WSJ

Beltway companies are digging in when it comes to growing more students (aka future employees) in STEM (science, technolgy, engineering and math). Northrop Grumman aims to put half of its charitable giving into STEM education. And BAE is working specifically on geospatial STEM.

This summer, BAE Systems plans to host a month-long program in Reston meant to introduce at-risk high-schoolers to the kind of geospatial technology BAE has created to help the military and intelligence agencies see information on maps.

The idea, said Josh K. Weerasinghe, vice president for global market development in BAE’s intelligence and security unit, is to move students “over this hurdle from an interest to something that’s very real, that makes them look at college as really a positive alternative.

- Washington Post

How do you get good summer GIS coders? Hold a contest. That's what Snowflake Software did at  the Electronics and Computer Science program at the University of Southampton. The prize for the winner of the Code-Off is a summer internship. 

The hotly contested event involved first and second-year Computer Science students, and saw many innovative approaches to the task, which was to visualize some OS MasterMap GML data from Ordnance Survey. The winner at the end of the day was first-year undergraduate Computer Scientist, Hendrik (Henco) Appel.

Ian Painter, Managing Director of Snowflake Software, comments: "OS MasterMap from Ordnance Survey is the most detailed map in the world – we’re talking hundreds of millions of map features. So firstly scalability in reading the data is very important. Henco’s selection of the SAX parser was a really good choice (especially given that he’d never used one before). Next up was displaying the data - to render OS MasterMap is no mean feat, so seeing some extensive use of Graphics2D was again a good choice. Finally, and what stood out the most for me, was Henco’s use of the attributes on OS MasterMap to enable the switching of the data themes. All in all Henco’s coding covered the three key areas: importing, displaying and interacting."

Univ of Southhampton News

 

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/25 at 03:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

NRO Principal Deputy Director Betty Sapp will head the National Reconnaissance Office. She'll be the first woman to do so and will take on the post after current head, Bruce Carlson, steps down. AOL Defense obtained an e-mail by Sapp on Friday that indicated her new role.

- Executive Gov

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/25 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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
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