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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

That's the way it was announced via press release this mornning; there was no talk of acquisition or how much money was involved.

GeoIQ founder Sean Gorman (bio) uses terms like "merge" when talking about the future and notes how small GeoIQs numbers are comparied to Esri's. The goal of the change? reaching the next leve by serving a larger audience with more datasets to share and visualize.

He describes the development future (a new DC development office is in the works) this way:

The team in the development center will focus on engineering core technologies for Esri, leveraging GeoIQ’s expertise in working with open data and technology communities, as well as real time and large data analytics. The team will build projects that push the bounds of data handling and analysis of emerging dynamic data sources. ...

GeoCommons and GeoIQ customers will continue to be supported as we integrate the capabilities of ArcGIS Online and GeoIQ into a next generation platform.

- GeoIQ Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 07:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Is eating local the best way to sustain our planet? Is shipping produce from thousands of miles away better? Yes, says Pierre Desrochers, associate professor of geography, University of Toronto Mississauga. His book is “The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet.” 

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 05:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The FOSS4G Beijing Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has requested that FOSS4G accept its decision to cancel this years fall event planned for Beijing. The following letter to the OSGeo Discussion list, and to expected participants explains the situation. I'd heard rumblings of concern at FOSS4GNA back in April.

	Dear OSGeo Board,

With great regret, the FOSS4G Beijing Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has made the difficult decision of cancelling the event due to a lack of financial resources and the unexpected withdrawal of the Professional Conference Organizer.  Please officially approve our decision and advise any procedures we may need to follow to minimize the impact on the community.

We also wrote letter for FOSS4G Beijing 2012 potential participants, we will publish this announcement on the foss4g2012 website and e-mail them after we get feedback from Board.

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Dear Participants of FOSS4G Beijing 2012,

With great regret, the FOSS4G Beijing Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has
made the difficult decision of cancelling the event due to a lack of
financial resources and the unexpected withdrawal of the Professional
Conference Organizer. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has
caused.

For those interested in FOSS4G events, the LOC suggests consider:


 *  FOSS4G 2013, to be held in Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2013

 *  The Asian Geospatial Forum, September 2012, Hanoi, Vietnam, which willhave an OSGeo session. http://www.asiageospatialforum.org/

Thank you for your patience and support!

Best regards,

FOSS4G Beijing 2012 LOC

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 03:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new feature on the Illinois Health Care Report Card is a Public Health Community Map.

Mary Driscoll is chief of the department’s Division of Patient Safety and Quality. She says both consumers and health care professionals should find it useful as a companion to the state’s Health Care Report Card.

"The purpose...is for consumer to get a better sense of what kind of health care hospitals are providing," says Driscoll. "and also look at their counties and/or communities. The data map is looking at, basically, access to primary care."

The map is the latest attempt to combat that ongoing condition: People using the emergency room as their family doctor.

Tech? Axis Maps IndieMapper.

- WLDS

A new global study mapping human-animal diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and Rift Valley fever finds that an "unlucky" 13 zoonoses [A disease that can be transmitted to humans from animals] are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year. The vast majority occur in low- and middle-income countries.

The report, which was conducted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Institute of Zoology (UK) and the Hanoi School of Public Health in Vietnam, maps poverty, livestock-keeping and the diseases humans get from animals, and presents a "top 20" list of geographical hotspots.

- press release

Need a map of countries that have universal health care and some analysis? The Atlantic delivers.

- The Atlantic

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 03:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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