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Friday, October 12, 2012

Surveys carried out by the Home Office found that many people did not want to wade through the large amounts of raw data on the street-by-street crime maps.

The service, went online last February (APB coverage) and has cost £500,000 to date. So, what do citizens want in its place? The study suggests a police newsletter or data in local paper were rather popular. There was also discussion of how compares; it's used in the Isle of Wright. The sense I got after skimming the report: raw data, even on a map, will not mean engagement or action. Or as someone in the U.S. put it, you can't eat data.

The results of the study are expect to guide future development of the mapping website.

- The Telegraph

In seemingly unlrelated news, a new addion to the site is pictures of those convicted.

The scheme will go live on the website within the next few months.

It will be an extension of In The Dock — a pilot project launched last year by West Yorkshire Police.

-">The Sun
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/12 at 04:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

And, the winner is a dual EPL/BSD license:

The Project Steering Committee has accepted an RFC making uDig available under a dual BSD and EPL license. This is an excellent compromise between using BSD to share code with projects such as GeoTools, while retaining the protection afforded by the Eclipse Public License as we work with downstream Eclipse RCP projects.

- uDIG Blog

--- original post 10/8/12 ---

I think I vaguely knew uDIG, that "other" desktop GIS that's not QGIS, was looking to join the Eclipse Foundation's LocationTech Industry Working Group. Eclipse (the project) is a software development environment used to build, among other things, uDIG.

Of late, the Foundation has been working in and around mapping. This group seems to be growing out of this work. To date some 24 organizations are looking at membership in LocationTech and OSGeo is involved, too. (See LocationTech FAQ.)

I actually learned about Eclipse when I first looked at uGID as a potential software package to use in a class.  I chose to use QGIS in my class, in the end.

The news today is that in order to join the Eclipse Foundation, uDIGS must change its open source license to one that Eclipse recognizes. The choices are:

  • BSD
  • Eclipse
  • MIT

The Project Steering Committee is looking for user input.

For those still wondering how all this open source stuff "works," this is one example.

- uDIG Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/12 at 02:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Covington City Council [Georgia, USA] agreed Monday night to pay $35,240 to Omega Mapping Services of Woodbury to create the online database [of cemeteries].

The company will use survey grade equipment to map markers put in with ground penetrating radar. I wonder if anyone knows what that survey grade GPS [I imagine] is or ground penetrating radar does.

- Newton Citizen

eReadia LLC of Huntingtown, MD, announced today that it has partnered with the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative at Salisbury University (ESRGC) and the Historic Preservation Commission of Havre de Grace, MD, to produce a mobile app for key historical properties in the town. The app, supported by GIS data and historical records, will provide users with an easy way to explore historical sites in Havre de Grace.

- press release

Today, the Code for America New Orleans team is pleased to announce the New Orleans launch of BlightStatus: BlightStatus helps residents in the fight against blight by merging live data from across multiple city departments into a simple interface that tells clear stories about individual properties, and what is being done to deal with them, in a way that anybody can understand.

Here’s how it works:

  • A property search returns all the city’s information about that property in one place.
  • A simple progress bar reduces the process down to the essential steps and provides instant context at a glance about how far that property has progressed through the overall blight process.
  • For users that want to dig deeper, a detailed log of that property’s entire case history is available.
  • To make this more useful for organizations tracking multiple properties,  users can create an account and add properties to a “watchlist”.

- Code for America via @timoreilly

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/12 at 02:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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