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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The report by Peter Folger, Congressional Research Service Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy, is titled Issues and Challenges for Federal Geospatial Information and dated April 27, 2012. (full report in PDF, via FAS since these reports are not automagically public...see APB coverage)

I found the takeaway, with help from HST (cited below), to be:

In 2004, GAO acknowledged that the federal government, through the FGDC and Geospatial One-Stop project, had taken actions to coordinate the government’s geospatial investments, but that those efforts had not been fully successful in eliminating redundancies among agencies. As a result, federal agencies were acquiring and maintaining potentially duplicative data sets and systems.

Since then it is not clear whether federal agencies are successfully coordinating among themselves and measurably eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort.

Were Congress to take a more active oversight role overseeing the federal geospatial enterprise it could evaluate whether specific recommendations from nonfederal stakeholders have been addressed. For example, the National Geospatial Advisory Committee recommended that OMB and FGDC strengthen their enforcement of Circular A-16 and Executive Order 12906.

However, enforcement alone may not be sufficient to meet the current challenges of management, coordination and data sharing. The issuance of supplemental guidance to Circular A-16 by OMB in November 2010 may instigate new activity among and between agencies, which could spill over into better coordination with the state and local governments and the private sector. It will likely take some time, and several budget cycles, to track whether agencies are adhering to the ‘portfolio-centric model’ of geospatial data management outlined in the supplemental guidance. It may also take time to evaluate whether the ‘portfolio-centric model’ is the best available model for managing the federal geospatial assets.

- Homeland Security Today via @jeffharrison

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/08 at 05:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the League of American Bicyclists are behind the first-ever National Bike to School Day on May 9, 2012. There have been local and regional efforts in the past to celebrate a day of young people pedaling to school, but this is the first nationwide event. It's a spin off of Walk to School Day (that was every day of my K-12 experience...) and now the two share a webpage.

Even though most people know where their schools are (they get there all the other days of the year with or without a bike I hope), there is an Esri-powered interactive map to find and share routes to school. To do pretty much anything, you must create an account. I guess the idea is that responsible adults will add in crossing guards, hazards and the like.

This tool can be used to map the routes of daily walking and bicycling trips, special events, or walking school buses or bicycle trains.

You can:

  • enter school travel features such as crossing guards and traffic signals
  • draw detailed walking and biking routes to the school
  • add pick up time for walking school buses and bicycle trains

Share your routes in two ways: as a downloadable, printable file(PDF) or through a unique web address generated by Map-a-Route.

How to Map-a-Route:

  1. Create an account. Registered users can build maps and return to edit them at any time. Only the registered users can modify the routes they make.
  2. Build a route to school.
  3. Share it with parents, event partners, walking school bus leaders and other involved in walking and bicycling to school. There's no central search for routes because we want you to decide when you're ready to share your maps and how you want to share them.

I was disappointed that my high school (built circa 1970s) was not symbolized on the  basemap.  I wonder if any school buldings are?

- South City News

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/08 at 03:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Esri's recent map story explores the strong link between obesity and diabetes in the U.S. Nearly a third of Americans are obese.

- via Esri communications

USA Today rounds up medical and safety tracking devices including those for tracking children and patients with Alzheimer's.  One new one to me: Exmobaby, a sensor that sends baby's vitals and "emotional state" from its pajamas to parents. My family lost a baby to SIDS and this is marketed in that space (see FAQ). 

- USA Today

Construction falls sometimes injure and sometimes kill. CWPR (The Center for Construction Research and Training - I know the acronym does not work me, either) has a map of all falls and one of fatal ones from 2011 (built on ArcGIS Online best I can tell). There is a call for data points from 2012.

- Stop Constuction Falls via EHS Today

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/08 at 03:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Rand McNally and USA Today are taking votes in the Best of the Road Contest.

Rand McNally and USA TODAY's second annual search for the Best Small Towns in America has begun! Voting ends May 15 so learn more to get started.

You can also submit a video to be part of a team in the 2012 Road Rally (RM only sponsors that). I found the website kind of confusing with so many contests going on... 

- Best of the Road

This contest is for educators from thhe International Society for Technology in Education: .

When it comes to inspiring students in the classroom, no question, you are an A-list star! Give the great work you do the red carpet treatment by entering it into our Passion-Based Learning Contest. As an educator, how do you help your students pursue the ideas or projects that ignite their passions and spark their imaginations? Share your strategies with fellow ISTE members and the rest of the educational community!

Winners will be featured during the ISTE 2012 keynote sessions, and the grand prize winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to ISTE 2013 in San Antonio! We will also publish a selection of our favorite entries in an e-book collection and feature them on ISTE’s website.

- details via @joesephkerski

Hexagon wants to stir up buzz for its upcoming conference in June, so it's having a contest.

To play, simply answer the Hexagon 2012 questions that will be posted every Monday on Hexagon International Conference LinkedIn,FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter platforms. For Twitter, use #hex12 when you answer.

Drawings will take place every Friday, and the winner will be announced via our social media channels. Prizes include an Amazon Kindle, Hexagon stainless steel travel mugs, and Hexagon 16GB USB cards!

This is some of the same swag guest bloggers get. If you are thinking about blogging for Hexagon, be sure to read the fine print.

- Intergraph Get Smart Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/08 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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